The California Democratic Party convention started with a bang Friday night, with protesters disrupting speeches at the official kickoff and state party Chairman John Burton unleashing a series of F-bombs aimed at the demonstrators.
The chanting began when Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Burton stepped up to the podium in a cavernous hall at the state capital’s convention center, with protesters shouting demands that the party reject corporate donations and work to implement a single-payer healthcare system.
Burton, known for his salty language, lashed out quickly. He told protesters that the Democratic Party had been fighting for single-payer healthcare “since before you were born.”
“Hey, shut the … up or go outside,” Burton said.
“Parade all you want, but unless we put it on the ballot or elect new Democrats you can walk up and down the street and people still aren’t going to have decent healthcare. So let’s get with it.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez headlined the kickoff event and, seemingly accustomed to such a reception, delivered his speech in almost a thunderous shout — loud enough to drown out the chants.
Perez compared the atmosphere to holiday dinner with his extended family and told the hundreds of Democratic delegates in the crowd that, just like family, now was the time for all of them to come together.
“We have a raucous Thanksgiving dinner. We talk about politics. I’m Dominican. So we talk about the other thing, which is baseball,” Perez said. “And then at the end of the day, we get together and talk about our shared values.”
Most of his speech was a pointed rebuke of President Trump, ridiculing the Republican president for his “bromance” with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his push to repeal the Affordable Care Act
“Here’s one big thing we agree on. Donald Trump is an anathema to our values. Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in American history,” said Perez, who…