Sanders asks supporters to cool demonstrations at DNC

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., march during a protest in downtown on, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

PHILADELPHIA, PA (AP) – Bernie Sanders is urging supporters not to demonstrate on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.

He’s sending out text messages and emails with his personal request.

Sanders is characterizing the request “as a personal courtesy to me” and urging his followers to “not engage in any kind of protest on the floor.”

The Vermont senator says it is of the “utmost importance” that this be explained to the state delegations.

Sanders say “our credibility as a movement will be damaged by booing, turning of backs, walking out or other similar displays.”

The challenger to Hillary Clinton is speaking later Monday at the Philadelphia convention.

It comes as many of his supporters contend the Democratic National Committee failed to be neutral during the primaries.

The Ohio congresswoman who’s the chair of the Democratic National Convention got an earful from a rowdy group of delegates in the convention’s opening moments.

During Marcia Fudge’s opening remarks, she was halted by boos and chants from Bernie Sanders’ delegates at any mention of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

But also cheers – from Clinton’s supporters. At one point, there were chants of “Let her speak!”

Fudge asked for respect and promised to deliver it in turn.

She says, “We are all Democrats and we need to act like it.”

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