While the Bernie Sanders supporters in the Florida delegation were shouting down soon-to-be-ousted Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the leaked emails controversy, Sanders supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters were enjoying a love-in at the North Carolina delegation’s morning meet-up.
Jake Quinn, a Sanders supporter from Asheville and member of the Democratic National Committee, gave N.C. Democratic Party Chair Patsy Keever a big hug at the podium after she called for a round of applause for the Sanders’ delegates and all of the energy they’ve brought to the party.
"What we’re doing here, Bernie supporters and Hillary supporters coming together, it not happening in all of the other delegations," he said.
Still, delegates from both camps were disturbed by the anti-Sanders bias the emails revealed some DNC staff to show behind the scenes. Here are five quotes that give a sense of what North Carolina delegates were thinking about that during their breakfast meeting.
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N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore, a Clinton supporter: "It was out of line. A change of leadership has been needed for a long time."
Jennifer Faasiil-Smith, a Bernie supporter and sixth-grade teacher from Swansboro: "I’m not surprised. It always felt like something was going on to hold Bernie back. But I’ll vote for whoever the nominee is. I’m a Democrat first and foremost. We can’t have a Trump presidency."
Mecklenburg County commissioner Pat Cotham, a superdelegate and Bernie Sanders supporter: "It is rigged. And we wonder why people don’t vote."
R. Bruce Thompson, a Raleigh lawyer-lobbyist and a member of Clinton’s national finance committee: "I think the email discussion is something that’s going to be short-lived. It’s really a distraction… It was poor judgment by people on email. But I don’t think it’s any proof that anything was rigged. Those emails don’t explain a 4-million-vote margin (for Clinton) in the primaries."
Rep. Alma Adams: "We’ve seen what happens when we become complacent or divided...We can’t have a President Trump. Hillary needs you. She needs all of us."