If you’re getting your coverage of the Democratic National Convention from TV like most people, chances are you’re seeing, with a few exceptions, a unified party of delegates coming together to elect Hillary Clinton their presidential nominee.
And according to a growing number of reports, you’d be wrong.
The convention discord amounts to more than a few outbursts from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Things began unraveling as early as Tuesday, the second day of the convention, when Sanders delegates and supporters staged a walk-out and exited the convention floor en masse.
NBC News producer Monica Alba reported:
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) July 26, 2016
As they walked out they held signs and chanted, “Show me what Democracy looks like! This is what Democracy looks like!”
A young man in the tweet below was taking video in near disbelief over the mass exodus. “This is not voter enthusiasm. … this place is half empty all of a sudden. I can’t believe my eyes,” he said.
— Boston Bobblehead (@DBloom451) July 27, 2016
— Natalie (@Natooshka318) July 27, 2016
What resulted was a half-empty convention hall that needed filling — fast.
At least one man purporting to be a Sanders delegate returned the following day and claimed that the nearly empty convention floor he found on his arrival was magically filled — by what he called “seat fillers.”
“It’s real — they’re in here now,” he said. “There are a lot of people sitting there who I do not know or have seen the entire time I was here.”
He said he’d been hearing reports by the media that the DNC was finally coming together in unity. But he quickly shot that down with another remarkable statement.
“It’s because the Bernie people aren’t here and the people that are here are getting paid to sit in their seats and clap their hands,” he said, noting that attendees are also being blocked from getting back in if they leave their seat at any point – even to just go to the bathroom.
If his claim has any validity and not a mere accusation coming from a disgruntled and alleged Sanders delegate, how could the DNC fill the positions so quickly?
According to a growing number of claims on social media, actors are being hired via Craiglist to fill the stadium and cheer.
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