Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman candidate Tom Perez was interrupted by protesters at an event Wednesday night, who called on him to challenge Democrats who aren’t putting up a fight against President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE

Activists interrupted the former Labor secretary in the middle of a Women’s National Democratic Club event, carrying a large banner with “Dems: #Resist Trump or be replaced” written on it.

Activist Natalie Green spoke directly to Perez, asking if he would “commit to supporting primary challengers to fight against Democrats who refuse to resist Donald Trump’s agenda,” as reported by The Washington Post.

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Perez responded to Green, saying the Democratic Party needs to “lock arms” and “come together.” 

“Part of the reason I love the Democratic Party, folks, is that it’s a big tent,” he said. “When we have spirited debates, you know what it reminds me of? Thanksgiving with my family.”

Perez's top competitor for the position is Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who has the backing of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin firm on support for filibuster, mulls making it 'a little bit more painful' to use Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE (D-N.Y.). Perez is supported by the likes of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE.

Perez said this week that he has support of 180 of the 224 needed DNC members, who will vote later this month.