Hundreds of Sanders supporters stage walkout after Clinton nominated
The demonstration continued even after Sanders himself moved to nominate Clinton by acclamation. By ISAAC ARNSDORF
More than a hundred Bernie Sanders supporters boisterously walked out of the Wells Fargo Center after Hillary Clinton won the roll call vote making her the Democratic nominee for president.
The demonstration defied the party’s efforts to quell the revolt, even after Sanders himself moved to nominate Clinton by acclamation, and there were essentially no audible nays in the arena during the voice vote.
Waving “Bernie or Bust” signs and wearing gags, Robin Hood hats and at least one Princess Leia costume, the demonstrators chanted “Walk out,” “This is what democracy looks like,” and “We are the 99 percent,” recalling the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011. After filing out of the arena they entered the press tent in search of obliging cameras.
“The whole world is watching,” they chanted. Then, “She lied, she cheated, she stole our votes.”
Cops streamed in after them and shut the doors. Rifle-armed Secret Service agents watched with binoculars as a police helicopter circled overhead.
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, tweeted, “I’m calling on all who have a conscience, who value people, planet & peace above profit, to leave the neoliberal Democratic Party.”