PHILADELPHIA — -- Outgoing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed and jeered at a pre-convention delegation breakfast this morning in Philadelphia, a day after she announced she would resign from the post after the leak of embarrassing party emails.
Amid ugly scenes, an event organizer repeatedly tried to quiet the crowd, but the boos continued as Wasserman Schultz began speaking.
“Shame on you!” screamed some.
“You rigged the election!” was another repeated refrain.
Many of the vocal protesters were seen wearing shirts supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Wasserman Schultz began her morning address by bringing up last night’s deadly shooting in Fort Myers, Florida, but the jeering continued until she eventually acknowledged her resignation.
“I can see there’s a little bit of interest in my being here, and I can appreciate that interest,” she said.
Later today, Wasserman Schultz is slated to bring the convention to session here in Philadelphia even though her role has been dramatically reduced after WikiLeaks released emails last week that allegedly showed DNC staffers conspiring against Sanders’ presidential bid.
She said she spoke with President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton yesterday.
“I thank President Obama for the honor of serving as the chair of the Democratic National Committee and being able to watch his back and bring him across the finish line in 2012,” Wasserman Schultz said.
She added, “I also had the privilege of speaking to Hillary Clinton, and she thanked me for my service. We had a wonderful conversation. She asked me, and I committed to her that I would serve as a surrogate throughout this campaign."
While her role at the convention this week may be diminished, she made it clear that she does not intend to shy away from the campaign trail, saying that the public “will see me every day” between now and the election.