PHILADELPHIA -- Protesters loudly show their support for Bernie Sanders, who, along with First Lady Michele Obama, is a featured speaker tonight on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention.
Sanders speaks at the convention on its opening night in prime-time. It’s a spot he earned on campaign trail against Hillary Clinton. He’s thrown his support solidly behind the party’s nominee.
But some demonstrators in Philadelphia Monday are not and held anti-Clinton signs as they marched.
They are calling for a more left-leaning candidate and a more progressive agenda.
And they’re not alone.
“Senators Sanders will remind us of what is at stake in this election,” said Cook County commissioner and sanders delegate Chuy Garcia. “He’ll also point to the significant changes that have occurred in the party.”
“Sen. Sanders represented issues that the party itself, for the most part, does not under the control that it’s under right now,” said Troy LaRaviere a Sanders Delegate from Chicago said.
Other Illinois delegates, however, are praising their nominee early and often.
“This is perhaps the most important election in the last hundred years,” Democratic donor J.B. Pritzker said. “And this year, if we don’t get everyone out to vote on behalf of the Democratic Party, we will lose.”
Even as the DNC works through an email scandal and attempts to set itself apart from the convention in Cleveland last week, there is fear the party divided is headed for trouble in November.