Former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders implored his supporters to rally behind his former rival, Hillary Clinton, to defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The Democratic National Convention has been rife with protestors, who say they will not vote for Clinton and that the Vermont senator deserves the nomination. Additionally unrest came after 20,000 emails from inside the Democratic National Committee were leaked, proving DNC officials favored Clinton over Sanders.
Sanders is trying to suppress the protests and to encourage a more unified Democratic Party. After the first day of the convention, Sanders sat down to a breakfast meeting with his California delegates, reports Talking Points Memo.
Attendees booed after Sanders said they need to elect Clinton to defeat Trump. But Sanders quickly silenced the jeers by saying that protest in this case isn't helpful to the progressive cause as a whole.
"It is easy to boo, but it's harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under Donald Trump," he told them, according to TPM.
He then went on to call Trump "a demagogue who does not believe in the Constitution of the United States."
On the first day of the convention, Sanders sent out a text to his delegates imploring them not to protest on the convention floor. "I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor," the text read according to BuzzFeed News. "[It's] of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations."
During his speech at the convention, he told his followers that Trump's momentum is too large and too dangerous to ignore. Followers need to not dwell on his loss and instead look to the future.
"I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am," he said during his speech.
"[But] our job now is to see that [progressive liberal] platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency -- and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen."