Chaotic scene: Anti-TPP protesters shout at U.S. Rep. Ron Kind after speech at DNC

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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Anti-trade protesters encircled Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind -- shouting at him Wednesday, July 27th on Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention. This, as protests that started Sunday, continued Monday, turned silent Tuesday got in-your-face Wednesday.

Ron Kind at DNC

One Bernie Sanders supporter began screaming in the congressman's face.

"No TPP! No bringing up the rest of the world at the cost of Wisconsin union workers. I've got a daughter that's 19 months old. If my paycheck has to go down, which it will, so this trade agreement can do what it's supposed to do, that's not going to help me with my daughter," Andrew Walsh, a Sanders delegate from Appleton, Wisconsin said.

Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh

It happened at the Wisconsin delegation breakfast Wednesday morning, where Kind wanted to talk party unity.

Rep. Kind is a supporter of the Trans Pacific Partnership -- a proposed trade agreement. The congressman says the trade deal will help workers -- while many Sanders supporters say it is a job killer, and about a half-dozen people began chanting "No TPP" during Kind's speech.

Then, this exchange in the hallway:

Ron Kind

Ron Kind

"I couldn’t think of a greater contrast than what you saw last week and what you’re seeing with the Democratic Party and Secretary Clinton’s nomination this week -- history making. This has been a great convention so far. We've got a lot at stake in the fall," Kind said.

"No TPP!" a protester yelled.

"Here in the cradle of democracy in Philadelphia..." Kind said.

"No TPP!" a protester yelled.

"And we’ve got a lot of work to do," Kind said.

"No TPP!" a protester yelled.

"Excuse me sir. Folks -- let's try to be civil with one another," Kind said.

Ron Kind at DNC

Kind said he offered to talk with these protesters in a different setting.

"The screaming at someone, getting in their face, really isn't the best way to communicate your viewpoints on that," Kind said.

Hillary Clinton says she opposes TPP -- although this was a source of headache Tuesday as a top surrogate said she actually supports it.

Ron Kind at DNC

The Clinton campaign quickly said that was wrong, and Clinton opposes the trade deal -- period.

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Donald Trump also opposes the deal.

The Clinton campaign downplayed the protests -- pointing to a poll that shows 90 percent of Sanders voters now support Clinton.

"I don’t think you’re going to take every single person, but if you get 90 or 95 percent of those people -- that’s a great thing," Cory Booker said.

Ron Kind at DNC

Booker, a vice presidential short-lister, and Clinton supporter welcomed Sanders supporters.

"Those Bernie Sanders supporters who have walked out, who have shown their frustration, I say God bless them. Because we need people who are intolerant of injustice. We need people who are demanding, unsatisfied and engaged," Booker said.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Separately, Wisconsin delegates got an in-person apology Wednesday from a Democratic Party official. This, after leaked emails showed DNC staffers trying to undermine the Sanders campaign during the primary.

The party's leader, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is resigning at the end of the convention -- while others are promising more changes.

"I believe that anyone within the Democratic Party who was favoring one candidate over the other and was doing that on DNC time should not be keeping their job," RT Ryback, DNC vice chair said.

1 Comment

  • GOP Union Member

    So how do I respond without getting deleted by Fox 6? So you have a union member unhappy with the democrats because they’re being screwed by them but yet supports Bernie Sanders?? Do what I did in 1980 and quit voting for this party that deep down don’t care about the “Union” worker but your union leadership loves to send your dues to them! Ron Kind’s response proves my point.

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