Supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign protested an appearance by Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a private fundraiser in Knoxville Thursday, reports the News Sentinel. Sanders has said the DNC chair favors Hillary Clinton as party nominee and suggested she should resign.
Wasserman Schultz was originally scheduled to appear at a public rally of Knox County Democrats, but canceled in favor of the high-dollar event.
“Today is really about the broken nature of our campaign finance system — it costs so much to get elected,” said Barbara Bridges, one of a dozen members of the “Knoxville for Bernie” movement who turned out in protest.
“We felt it’s important to make a showing. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s and corruption and our party being captured by a very small number of elite power brokers that are extremely wealthy. Their wealth insulates them from issues most of us face.”
The fundraising dinner was at the home of Leanne and Rusty Comer that sits in a gated community in the Deane Hill area.
Attendees paid between $50 and $250 a plate to attend.
Those entering the gated community were greeted with protesters waving signs that read “Democrats Demand Debbie to Drop out Now” and “The DNC Deck is Stacked.” Some motorists laughed, honked or gave a thumbs-up. Other looked on in disgust or ignored the protesters.