Outgoing DNC Chief Debbie Wasserman Shultz Booed in First Appearance Since Announcing Resignation
Debbie Wasserman Schultz was greeted with a chorus of jeers Monday morning just a day after she announced she would be stepping down as DNC chair following this week’s Philadelphia convention.
The outgoing DNC chief appeared at the Florida Democratic Delegation breakfast and was booed by Bernie Sanders supporters as she spoke about Sunday night's Fort Meyers nightclub shooting.
An embarrassed Wasserman Schultz tried to discuss Sunday night’s shooting but audience members continued to drown out her message of peace as she spoke.
She pushed for gun control and as some attendees clapped, she smiled and showed appreciation but the chorus of boos continued.
Wasserman Schultz stepped down as the DNC head following a series of 20,000 emails published on WikiLeaks Friday that showed DNC members being critical of Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
On Sunday, she stepped down as DNC chair on the eve of the convention kick-off in the City of Brotherly Love.
In a statement Sunday, she said: “I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory... Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as party chair at the end of this convention.”
On Monday morning, she told the raucous crowd inside the Florida Democratic Delegation breakfast that she spoke to President Obama and Hillary Clinton and said she will play an active role in getting the former Secretary of State elected to the Oval Office in November.
“We have to make sure we move in a unified way,” she said Monday at the breakfast. “We know the voices that are being disruptive is not the Florida that we know. The Florida that we know is united.”
On Sunday, Sanders issued a statement on Wasserman Schultz’s departure following the convention, saying: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party.
"While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”