With boos and chants of "Feel the Bern", die-hard backers of Bernie Sanders signaled on Monday that they just aren't ready to coalesce around the presidential bid of Hillary Clinton despite his pleas.
"Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency - and I am going to do all that I can to make that happen", Sanders said. In May, the Vermont senator expressed disappointment in a letter to Schultz after only three out of his 45 recommended candidates were selected to serve on the convention's standing committees.
Sanders also told the Democratic National Convention that he's looking forward to receiving his 1,900 delegates' votes during Tuesday night's roll call.
Unlike Sen. Ted Cruz, who snubbed Mr. Trump in his speech at the Republican convention last week, Mr. Sanders gave full-throated backing to Mrs. Clinton, who he forced to go the distance in the primary.
Comparing the GOP nominee to Clinton, the senator stressed that the former first lady "will fight to make sure discrimination has no place in America". Sanders thanked Michelle Obama for her service and said that she made us proud.
At a meeting of the DNC credentials committee Sunday, comments praising Schultz were met with laughter by some Sanders supporters.
Five hours into the first night of the Democratic National Convention, Sarah Silverman was over the boos and jeers echoing through the Wells Fargo Center.
Sanders' place in primetime on the first night of the Democratic convention was a nod to the unexpected resonance his campaign had with the Democratic electorate.
The appeal elicited boos and some cheers, as delegates shouted, "We want Bernie!" "It's of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations", Sanders said in a text message sent to his floor supporters in Philadelphia.
From global warming to Supreme Court picks to immigration, Mr. Sanders said the areas he agrees with Mrs. Clinton swamp those where he disagrees, while Mr. Trump stands against him.
That - and his subsequent promise that the "political revolution" they started will continue - drew loud cheers and applause from the crowd.
Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist who promised a "political revolution" lost to Clinton in the primary. "Well, I'll tell you what kind of a man, a man who must never be president of the United States". He added: "My focus right now is defeating (Donald) Trump, electing Clinton, electing progressive candidates around this country and focusing on the issues that matter the most to working families".
Sanders' supporters were still reeling from emails published by WikiLeaks earlier this week that appear to show Democratic officials had favored Clinton over Sanders during the primaries.
Sanders himself will address the convention later, and urge his fans to support Clinton.