PHILADELPHIA — Irate Bernie Sanders supporters lined up in front of the media tent at the Demoratic National Convention Wednesday in support of Nina Turner, a U.S. Senator from Ohio who says the DNC booted her from her speaking slot at the last minute on the first night of the convention. Turner holds that when she arrived yesterday, she was barred from going backstage and directed to Sanders’ campaign team instead. Turner had switched from supoprting Clinton to supporting Sanders last fall, and intended to formally nominate him for president Tuesday night.
The protest comes a day after Sanders supporters spilled into the tent for a sit-in when Sanders delegates walked out during Hillary Clinton’s official nomination, and two nights after “Bernie or Bust” primary voters booed during Monday night’s speech by Cory Booker, U.S. Senator from New Jersey.
Actress Susan Sarandon exited the media tent to address the crowd, which was heavier on reporters than protestors. Sarandon said that the protestors, some of whom held signs denouncing the contents of DNC emails published by Wikileaks hack and some of whom voiced their displeasure with Clinton’s VP pick Tim Kaine. Sarandon said the protestors want to bring attention to “Bernie’s wish that she speak on Monday and also on Tuesday, and produce his nomination.”
“This did not happen,” she said alongside fellow Sanders supporters Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson. “So we’re here to say that this is upsetting to us. It seems as if there has been a lot of difficulties in executing the will of Bernie Sanders’ people and surrogates. And this was just the topping for the whole thing.”