The news keeps coming from Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention: In a bid to unite a party whose fractures have become clear this morning in Philadelphia, the Democratic National Committee has issued “a deep and sincere apology” to Bernie Sanders over “the inexcusable remarks made over email.” The news comes as the Vermont senator and party renegade sent a text to his supporters urging them not to protest on the convention floor.

“I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor,” Sanders wrote to his delegate whips today. “It’s of the utmost importance you explain this to you delegations.” It was signed, “Bernie.”

Here is the DNC’s full statement, followed by Sanders’ text:

“On behalf of everyone at the DNC,we wa nt to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These cornments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process.The DNC does not — andwill not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates.Individualstaffers have also rightfully apologized for theircomments, and t he DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again.

“We are embarkingon a convent ion today that – thanks to the great efforts of Secretary Clinton,her team, Senator Sanders, his team,and the entire Democratic Party – willshow a forward-thinkingand optimistic vision for America, as compared to the dark and pessimistic vision that the GOP presented last week in Cleveland. Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Democrats across the country,thanks to Democratic Party that is strong,unified, and poised for victory in November.”

Donna Brazile, Incoming Interim Chair Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Secretary
Andrew Tobias, Treasurer
Raymond Buckley, Vice Chair
ASDC President Maria Elena Durazo, Vice Chair
Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vice Chair
Henry R. Munoz III, National Finance Committee Chair