Democrats opened their presidential nominating convention last night with a virtual program that spanned the ideological gamut.
Testimonials against Trump’s stewardship ranged from democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders to Ohio’s Republican former governor John Kasich, both of whom pleaded with the country to set aside ideological differences to defeat Trump. The daughter of a covid-19 patient angrily blamed her father’s death on Trump during the broadcast, which repeatedly showed victims of the coronavirus. “My father’s only pre-existing condition,” she said, “was trusting Donald Trump.”
The unprecedented virtual convention program reflected the extraordinary limits of current public health guidelines, as the country continues to keep socially distant in the face of a pandemic that has killed more than 170,000 Americans this year.
In the centerpiece speech of the night, a searing indictment of her husband Barack Obama’s successor, Obama declared that Trump has mishandled the pandemic and failed to respond to outcries over the deaths of Black Americans. She warned that the nation would suffer more if he is elected to a second term.
“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us."