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Amid DNC discord, committee offers apology to Sanders

Delegates protesting against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement held up signs during the first sesssion of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Scott Audette/REUTERS

The Democratic National Committee is offering its ‘‘deep and sincere apology’’ to Bernie Sanders, his supporters and the entire party for what it calls ‘‘the inexcusable remarks made over email.’’

The statement from incoming interim party leader, Donna Brazile, and six other officials says the comments in the emails ‘‘do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process.’’

The statement says the party won’t tolerate disrespectful language.

The statement wasn’t signed by the outgoing DNC head, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

She announced on Sunday that she'd step down from that job at the end of this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


The emails suggested party officials favored Clinton over rival Sanders during the primaries.

Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, is urging supporters not to demonstrate on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.

He sent out text messages and emails with his personal request.

Sanders characterized the request ‘‘as a personal courtesy to me’’ and urged his followers to ‘‘not engage in any kind of protest on the floor.’’

The Vermont senator says it is of the ‘‘utmost importance’’ that this be explained to the state delegations.

Sanders say ‘‘our credibility as a movement will be damaged by booing, turning of backs, walking out or other similar displays.’’

The challenger to Hillary Clinton is speaking later Monday at the Philadelphia convention.

It comes as many of his supporters contend the Democratic National Committee failed to be neutral during the primaries.