Despite the release of a trove of emails that showed his own party's leadership actively worked to undermine his campaign -- and even planned to use his religious beliefs against him -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he's committed to "making sure that Hillary Clinton is elected president."
The scandal, which began Friday when WikiLeaks released almost 20,000 emails hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee, has already resulted in the resignation of party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. The Florida congresswoman had served in the national party's top post since 2011, and denied repeated accusations from Sanders' campaign throughout the primary process that the DNC was biased in favor of Clinton.
But the emails showed Wasserman-Schultz and her staff did work to promote the Clinton campaign while trying to undermine Sanders, despite the fact that the DNC was supposed to remain neutral.
Asked by NBC's Chuck Todd if the email revelations caused him to reconsider his support for Clinton, Sanders said he was focused on the Democratic party adopting some of his policy positions, and preventing Republican nominee Donald Trump from winning the White House.
Sanders said in reply to Todd's question, according to Real Clear Politics:
No, no, no. We are going to do everything that we can to protect working families in this country. And again, Chuck, I know media is not necessarily focused on these things. But what a campaign is about is not Hillary Clinton, it's not Donald Trump. It is the people of this country, people who are working longer hours for lower wages, people who do not have health care or are underinsured.
Despite Sanders' call for unity, the Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start on July 25, when Wasserman-Schultz was booed off the stage as she tried to deliver a speech at a breakfast meeting of Democrats in Philadelphia.
"We need to make sure we move together in a unified way," Wasserman-Schultz said, reports The Hill.
She was met with a wall of jeers as Democrats in attendance held up signs: one simply read "NO," while another read "Thanks for the help, Debbie" and others contained references to the leaked emails.
Another party staffer stepped in and tried to get the crowd under control by banging a gavel, but the people continued to jeer the embattled chairwoman, who will technically resign later this week when the convention closes.
Sanders supporter Kyle Breazeale, 20, told The New York Times that he was "disgusted" that Clinton praised Wasserman-Schultz for her leadership, saying the Florida congresswoman "has no place in the government and no place in our party."
“We’re very upset," Breazeale said, "that it’s now been proven that her, along with other officials at the DNC, worked to undermine Senator Sanders’ campaign.”