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Sanders supporters, Democratic officials not on same page with unifying behind Clinton

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PHILADELPHIA (WKOW) -- The Democratic National Committee email leak has brought thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters here to protest the treatment of their candidate, with some delegates taking their loud grievances inside Wells Fargo Center Monday afternoon and booing any mention of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton once the convention was gaveled in.

It represents a big disconnect as the Democratic National Convention starts, between the party's message of unity among Clinton and Sanders supporters, and how the Sanders supporters actually feel.

"I feel that Hillary represents a lot of things that I cannot support and she is the epitome of a lot of things that I can't support so, for me, it's never Hillary," Indiana resident Robin Reeves said, holding a sign she drew that shows a middle-finger sticking up to Clinton and the DNC.

But isn't just extremist protesters gathering each day outside of City Hall and marching through the downtown streets.

"I personally, as a Bernie Sanders delegate, will not be voting for Hillary Clinton unless she makes large changes," said Trevor Tabor, a delegate from Riverside, CA, who joined the protest before heading to the convention.

But Democratic Party of Wisconsin officials either don't see or are in denial about the anger that is still out there.

"The Sanders supporters are seeing Bernie supporting Hillary by coming out and endorsing her and I believe that that's gonna bring people together, just like it did in 2008," said DPW Chair Martha Laning after a breakfast event Monday morning.

"We're not going to do anything except to be united, said U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI-4). "That's the only way that we're gonna be able to move forward."

But State Representative David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), a Sanders delegate, acknowledged that isn't going to be easy.

"The writing's on the wall and if we want to move forward - let's just be honest about the situation - so that we can go back to both sides and tell them we have to move forward to make sure that Donald Trump doesn't end up the President of the United States," said Rep. Bowen.

But many of Sanders backers say it's too late for that.

"I don't think people will unify," said Reeves. "I think she (Clinton) made up her mind a long time ago and I don't think it matters what she says."

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