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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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 SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Five things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries MORE (I-Vt.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPoll: Majority of voters say more police are needed amid rise in crime America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.Y.). Perez is supported by the likes of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits MORE.

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