Democratic convention kicks off with massive internal strife

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Raucous Rollout at DNC as Boos, Chants Mark Opening

The tensions in the Democratic Party hit a fever pitch on Monday when supporters of Bernie Sanders inside the Wells Fargo arena in Philadelphia repeatedly broke out in chants and protests as party leaders kicked off the convention.

Within minutes of the opening gavel, opponents of Hillary Clinton's within the arena began chanting and booing in opposition.

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The repeated outbursts came despite DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's decision to remove herself from any formal role during the convention and resign at the end of the week. The outgoing chair was largely forced to make the move after thousands of leaked DNC emails suggested she oversaw an operation within the party structure that favored the former secretary of state -- inspiring a massive outcry from Sen. Sanders' supporters.

Boos erupted when Rep. Marcia Fudge mentioned the Clinton-Kaine presidential ticket, inspiring her to retort back, promising and demanding respect.

Go inside the tense convention:

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cries as the former Democratic presidential candidate addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate wears a jacket reading 'Feel The Bern' during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Delegates hold signs against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Supporters of former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders hug and cry at the end of Sanders' speech during the first session at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Wisconsin delegate Angie Aker wears tape covering her mouth during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)
California delegate Eddie Cisneros gives his thumb down during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Bernie Sanders speaks to the crowds at the 2016 Democratic National Convention-Day 1 at Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
Delegates hold signs against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee wears a red hat with campaign buttons in support of Hillary Clinton, presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Delegates hold up signs as they react during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Delegates stand during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Bernard Sanders supporter with a fake bird on his shoulder is seen on the floor on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Delegates cheer during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A delegate holds a campaign sign in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Delegates stand for the Pledge of Allegiance during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A supporter from California of Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., holds up signs during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Barney Frank, left, and Leticia Van de Putte, chairs of the rules committee for the DNC, wave while arriving on stage during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayor of Baltimore, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A delegate wears an American flag themed hat during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
James Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, chairs of the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the DNC, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A delegate wears tape over her mouth reading 'Silenced' during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds up a Sanders "Feel the Bern" campaign banner as others hold up "Love trumps hate" signs during the first session at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Delegates hold up signs that read 'Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)' on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks at a rally, before the arrival of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential running mate U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, in Miami, Florida, U.S. July 23, 2016. Picture taken July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Supporter for former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., John Stanley from DeForest Wis., yells as he and other Sanders supporters react during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., march during a protest in downtown Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. On Sunday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down as DNC chairwoman at the end of the party's convention, after emails presumably stolen from the DNC by hackers were posted to the website Wikileaks. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
People march protecting the DNC email wikileaks scandal and holding signs in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a protest at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Patrick T. Fallon (Photo credit should read PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor chants through a megaphone as he marches during a demonstration in downtown on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Democratic National Convention starts Monday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A delegate holds a Democratic party donkey sign during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People protest through a security fence outside of the Wells Fargo Center, venue of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, during march holding signs in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a protest outside the DNC, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Patrick T. Fallon (Photo credit should read PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chant as delegates enter the security perimeter for the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Connor Garrett, 9, of Connecticut, and his father, Dan, walk down Broad Street during a march by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Philadelphia, Pa., on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Members of the media stand during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Diane Russell, a Democrat from Maine, gestures while speaking during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A delegate holds a sign reading 'Love Trumps Hate' during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Karla and Francisca Ortiz, of Las Vegas, speak on stage during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. Karla is an American citizen, but her parents are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the campaign ad, Brave. (Photo By Bill Clark)
Bill Clinton, former U.S. President, left, waves during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Former candidate for President Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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"We're all Democrats and we need to act like it," Fudge, who is serving as convention chairwoman, shouted at one point.

An influx of signs reading "love trumps hate" soon flooded the crowd in an attempt to restore unity, but at least some delegates within the audience chose to write over the signs with pro-Sanders messages. At least one spotted on the floor read "Bernie trumps hate."

The discord within the arena came despite efforts by the Democratic National Committee to appease Sanders' supporters. Party leadership issued a formal apology to "Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party" as the convention got started.

Sanders' backer Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP, made an attempt to quell the audience by acknowledging the Sanders campaign's success while also making a strong endorsement for Clinton.

All eyes will be on the Vermont senator Monday night, as his primetime speech backing Clinton is expected to include a strong call for the still-elusive party unity the Democrats hope to secure.

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