Democrats had hoped that their convention in Philadelphia would present to voters a unified party, but divisive tremors over the weekend threatening to unsettle the entire affair. The release of roughly 20,000 pages of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, quickly claiming its first casualty. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement released Sunday afternoon that she will resign as DNC chairwoman after the convention ends.
The trove of emails dumped by WikiLeaks suggesting that many inside the DNC disparaged the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Reuters correspondent, Luciana Lopez is in Philadelphia.>> The biggest embarrassment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's absence here is that everything happened so last minute. She had been set to preside over the convention's daily proceedings and to have a major speaking role.
It looks like a mad scramble to try to staunch the bleeding, which it kind of is.>> Sanders has long accused the DNC, which is supposed to be impartial, of favoring his primary opponent. The emails appeared to many to confirm that the party establishment preferred Clinton, and may have even worked to undercut Sanders.
>> She will be the next president.>> Sanders resisting calls from some of his supporters to pull his endorsement of Clinton. But on Meet the Press Sunday said he would have picked a different vice presidential nominee. Calling Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine more conservative, adding that he would have preferred she'd picked someone like Elizabeth Warren.
Bernie's primary campaign painted Hillary, the DNC and the party establishment as part of the problem. And even as it became clear Sanders would not win the nominating contest, many wondered if his supporters would back Clinton in the general election.>> The Democrats can still pull together. We've got Bernie Sanders speaking on Monday.
If he delivers a strong speech, and if he comes out and holds out that olive branch and holds out his hand, then maybe there could be some progress on this.>> Up until Friday, it seemed like the Democrats would show a united front after the GOP Convention in Cleveland showed some Republicans still couldn't support Donald Trump.
After this weekend, it looks like Democrats still have deep divisions of their own.