A small group of die-hard delegates for Bernie Sanders walked out of the Democratic National Convention during Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination acceptance speech on Thursday, defying Sanders' orders not to disrupt the former secretary of state's historic moment.
Earlier that evening, Sanders sent two text messages to his delegates, asking them not to interrupt or walk out of Clinton's speech.
"On Monday, when Bernie gave his speech to the Democratic convention, Secretary Clinton's campaign asked her supporters to be respectful, and they were," the message said. (check out note here.) "As a courtesy to Bernie, our campaign would greatly appreciate it if you would extend the same respect during Secretary Clinton's speech."
But there were some in the Bernie delegation -- mostly from Oregon and Colorado -- who would not comply with Sanders' request. After they walked out of the convention hall on Thursday night, they spoke to Circa about why they're refusing to unite behind Clinton.
Valdez Bravo: "I don't know exactly what she could have said, but I think I would have felt it."
Valdez Bravo, a delegate from Oregon, was pressed three times by a reporter to explain what Clinton could have done to have prevented his walkout.
At first struggling with the answer, eventually Bravo said Clinton should have apologized for the actions of the Democratic National Committee, which appeared to have favored Clinton throughout the nomination process, according to hacked emails released by Wikileaks.
Matthew Rock: "She stole everything from us."
Oregon delegate Matthew Rock said he wouldn't listen to Sanders' orders not to walk out of the convention, because Sanders "taught us to vote our conscience."
"My conscience is not to fall in line with Hillary," he said. "She stole everything from us."
Carol Scherer: "It's a series of almost like PTSD."
Carol Scherer, also a delegate from Oregon, said she was walking out over the Democratic National Committee's treatment of Sanders and his delegation, as revealed by the leaked e-mails.
"It's a series of almost like PTSD, abuse and trauma we've experienced over a long period of time," she said.
Mindy Rosier: "She's not credible on education issues."Mindy Rosier is an alternate delegate from New York, so she was not actually part of the delegate walk-out on Thursday. But she said she was standing "in solidarity" with those who did walk out.
"As a teacher, I don't stand with her," she said.
Rosier was, however, one of the very few who said that she would cast a vote for Clinton in the general election, and not a third-party candidate, in order to defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
"We have to go Democrat against Trump," she said. "At least by voting Democrat we can continue to push her."