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Bernie supporter: I'm upset, disappointed, not surprised

One Bernie Sanders supporter and Fla. delegate goes 'On the Record' to sound off on Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepping down over leaked DNC emails and whether he could ever support Hillary Clinton


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," July 25, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Florida delegate Danny Pooler is here to go "On the Record."

Nice to see you, Danny.


VAN SUSTEREN: OK, Danny. What do you think about Sanders and the email?

POOLER: I think that the email leaks through WikiLeaks show that we have a long way to go before the Democratic Party can say that it truly represents the election of the American citizens.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are you mildly unhappy, furious, so-so? Doesn't bother you? How do you describe it?

POOLER: I'm upset. I'm disappointed but I'm not surprised what we found through the email leak was something that Sanders' supporters have been saying through the primary season. There is obvious bias by the chairwoman.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. The chairwoman, were you there today at the breakfast?

POOLER: I was.

VAN SUSTEREN: Were you one of those who booed?

POOLER: I stood up with my email sign and I stood there silently until I was approached by Hillary delegates. At that point, I did begin the chants that went out against her.

VAN SUSTEREN: So you have a sign that says email. What was your point?

POOLER: I was there to make a point, to show her we know what you have done. You shouldn't be here. You need to be out of the Democratic Party, because she does not represent the majority of Democrats. It's ridiculous that she still attended the breakfast and I wish she had not, because with her ouster, there was a great opportunity for the Democratic Party to unite.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. So you didn't start booing until the Clinton delegates did what?

POOLER: They came up to us and they started shouting at us to sit down and to behave and basically fall in line.

VAN SUSTEREN: And you thought what?

POOLER: I thought it was quite rude. I'm elected official to this convention. I'm a delegate. I have a right as anyone to be at that delegate breakfast and express my point of view.

VAN SUSTEREN: How did Representative Wasserman Schultz respond to this, the booing?

POOLER: She continued. She had to pause a couple times because she couldn't get her words out. The cheers and boos were pretty overwhelming, I can assume. But she finished her speech and then she left. She left the breakfast.

VAN SUSTEREN: So, she didn't stick around and shake hands and meet and greet?

POOLER: No, she wasn't there until her speech was to be given, either.

VAN SUSTEREN: What do you think Senator Sanders should say tonight?

POOLER: I think Senator Sanders should speak to the entire Democratic Party and not just his delegates. He needs to express that she is sort of unity that the Democratic Party is currently pushing is not acceptable.

And also, I think also speak out against corruption within the Democratic Party at all levels. It wasn't just Debbie Wasserman Schultz whose emails were exposed. There were plenty of employees there expressing anti-Semitic views. And I think all of them should be disciplined and exodus should occur.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. In despite of this, do you still intend to support the Democratic Party nominee, Secretary Clinton?

POOLER: Of course. I will always support the Democratic nominee. Senator Bernie Sanders brought me into the Democratic Party. And I'm very proud to say that. I have already joined my local Democratic executive committee. And I'm prepared to work towards bettering the Democratic Party throughout my lifetime and making it more expressive.

VAN SUSTEREN: If you could say one thing to congresswoman, former chairman of the DNC, I guess she is until the end of the week, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, what would you say to her?

POOLER: Stay out of politics.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. There you go. Danny, thank you. Welcome to Philadelphia.

POOLER: Thank you.