WATCH: Despite Media Bias, Anti-Hillary Protests Already Larger Than Anti-Trump Crowd
With temperatures nearing the 100 degree mark in Philadelphia, protesters are already gathering near the Wells Fargo Center the site of this week’s Democratic National Convention to protest against the nominee, Hillary Clinton, the party and the perceived “rigged” system, although “near” is a relative term.
First protest march in Philadelphia far bigger than anything we saw all last week in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/whiHhpYpRN
— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) July 24, 2016
The party that reviles Donald Trump’s promise to construct a wall to secure the U.S.-Mexico border has constructed four miles of 8-foot high chain link fence around the convention site.
Although Democrats predicted mass protests would disrupt the Republican convention in Cleveland last week, they were disappointed by the paltry turnout and the largely congenial interaction between police and those who did show up.
In all, less than 30 arrests were made and the most exciting moment outside the convention center occurred when a middle-aged woman identifying herself as a communist tried to burn a flag.
The tiny flame on the flag was immediately extinguished, but firefighters had a harder time with another protester who accidentally set himself on fire as they yelled at him repeatedly, “You’re on fire! You’re on fire, stupid!”
It now appears that the Democrat convention will see larger protests, as NBC’s Jacob Rascon reported the turnout on Sunday – even before the convention was called to order – was “far bigger” than anything seen in Cleveland.
Disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters, already suspicious of what their candidate called the “rigged” system that blocked him from the nomination, are now infuriated after revelations proving that the DNC had its thumb on the scale for Hillary all along.
A fast-moving scandal tore through the DNC over the weekend as Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 emails exposing the cozy relationship between the committee and pro-Clinton press, and laying bare not only the committee’s disdain of Sanders’s candidacy, but its active attempts to sabotage it by calling into question his faith.
By Sunday, DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced out, although she was immediately named as “honorary” chairman of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, but that did little to appease the crowds that began to grow, as did the chants.
“Bernie! Bernie! Hey hey! Ho Ho! The DNC has got to go!”
Others chanted, “LOCK HER UP!” the cry heard in Cleveland when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie staged a mock trial of Clinton.
A 39-year-old teacher from New York wore a “sandwich board” listing Clinton's “SCANDALS” including: The Clinton Foundation, Private email server, Wall Street speeches, Sniper Fire, Mishandling Libya, Collusion with DNC and Bullying Bill’s women.
With the forecast calling for continued record-breaking heat in the “City of Brotherly Love,” the week is already shaping up as far more volatile than the Clinton camp had hoped – and far more rowdy than anything seen at the Republican’s gathering last week.