Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar, reporting straight from Philadelphia, spoke with Bernie Sanders delegates on the first day of the Democratic National Convention — just one day after Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

“It in fact hurts me a lot that the party I grew up wanting to be a part of is so corrupt,” Manuel Zapata, a Bernie Sanders delegate and longtime Democrat, told Kolhatkar. Although Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton, delegates still have mixed feelings about following his lead. Earlier Monday, for example, members of the Florida delegation booed Wasserman Schultz when she addressed Florida delegates, revealing the strong discontent within the party at the start of the convention.

“We’ve known all along these were the kinds of things that we’ve suspected,” delegate Karen Bernal said of the DNC emails, released Friday by WikiLeaks, that showed party efforts to undermine Sanders’ campaign. “And now to actually have proof about it should surprise no one.”

Later in the day, Kolhatkar joined the ‘March for Our Lives’ protest near Philadelphia’s city hall, and also reported from a massive demonstration just outside of the Wells Fargo Center.

Watch the entire interview above, and keep up with Truthdig’s live coverage of the convention here.

—Posted by Emma Niles.

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