fb-pixel Skip to main content

A recap of the four-day Democratic national convention

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris greeted supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

Here’s a rundown of important moments from the largely-virtual Democratic National Convention.


 

Thursday, August 20, 10:50 p.m.

 

Joe Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, fulfilling a decades-long quest

By the Associated Press

Joe Biden vowed to unite an America torn by crisis and contempt Thursday night, accepting the Democratic presidential nomination and achieving a pinnacle in an unfinished quest that has spanned three decades and been marred by personal tragedy, political stumbles and more dynamic rivals.

The past hurdles fell away as Biden addressed his fellow Democrats and millions of Americans at home who he hopes will send him to the White House to replace Donald Trump – though his triumphant moment was drained of immediate drama by the coronavirus pandemic, which left him speaking to a nearly empty arena rather than a to a joyously cheering crowd.

Advertisement



“Here and now I give you my word, if you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst,’' Biden declared. ‘'I’ll be an ally of the light, not our darkness.”

“And make no mistake, we’ll overcome this season of darkness in America”

The pandemic has shaken the nation and fundamentally altered the campaign. But Biden pointed to the public health emergency and the severe economic fallout to turn traits previously seen as vulnerabilities, notably a long career spent in elected office, into an advantage by presenting himself as a competent leader in a moment that Democrats say cries out for one in the White House.

The night’s keynote address was the speech of a lifetime for Biden, who at 77 would be the oldest president ever elected if he defeats Trump in November. But his convention leaned on a younger generation earlier in the night to help energize his sprawling coalition.

Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination for president
Joe Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president with a speech that framed the upcoming election as a stark choice between “light” and “darkness."

 

Thursday, August 20, 10:48 p.m.

 

Boy with stutter whom Biden helped speaks at DNC

By the Associated Press

A boy whom Joe Biden bonded with on the campaign trail over their joint struggles with stuttering says the former vice president is “someone who cares.”

Advertisement



Brayden Harrington met Biden at an event in New Hampshire and asked for help overcoming his stutter. Biden struggled with a stutter as a boy and continues to counsel youngsters who are going through the same.

Brayden said at Thursday’s Democratic National Convention that Biden told him he improved his speaking by reading aloud verses by the poet Yeats.

Brayden says, “Joe Biden made me feel confident about something that’s been bothering me my whole life.‘'

He added: “Without Joe Biden, I wouldn’t be talking to you today.”

13-year-old boy who struggles with stutter praises Biden
A boy whom Joe Biden bonded with on the campaign trail over their joint struggles with stuttering says the former vice president is “someone who cares.”

 

Thursday, August 20, 10:47 p.m.

 

Michael Bloomberg urges voters to view Trump as employee

By the Associated Press

Businessman Mike Bloomberg is urging Americans to evaluate President Donald Trump like a coworker or employee when deciding whether to give him another term.

At Thursday’s Democratic National Convention, Bloomberg asked: “Would you rehire or work for someone who ran your business into the ground, and who always does what’s best for him or her, even when it hurts the company?”

He asked, “If the answer is no, why the hell would we ever rehire Donald Trump for another four years?”

Bloomberg’s addition to the convention lineup is another example of Biden trying to appeal to moderate and even Republican voters. Bloomberg has been a Republican, independent and a Democrat throughout his career.

Bloomberg was particularly effective at getting under Trump’s skin. He’s now telling voters that Trump’s slogan of “Make America Great Again” makes “a pretty good case for Joe Biden.”


 

Thursday, August 20, 10:42 p.m.

 

Pete Buttigieg details experience as gay veteran

By the Associated Press

Pete Buttigieg says his experience as an openly gay man and military veteran shows how far the U.S. has come in just a few years and how much farther it has to go.

Advertisement



The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, says when he was born in 1982, it was unthinkable for an openly gay person to seek any federal office. Yet he noted Thursday at the Democratic National Convention that he had campaigned for the presidency.

He says he did so “often with my husband at my side, winning delegates to this very convention.”

Buttigieg, a combat veteran in Afghanistan, also noted that when he joined the military, “firing me because of who I am wasn’t just possible — it was policy,” because of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

He said there’s still a long way to go in making America a place of healing and not exclusion, but he says if things changed so much in major social issues for the country over the last 10 years, imagine how much they could during the next.

“Joe Biden is right,” Buttigieg said. “This is a contest for the soul of the nation.”


 

Thursday, August 20, 10:32 p.m.

 

Beau Biden honored at Democratic convention

By the Associated Press

Joe Biden is honoring his late son Beau as he prepares to accept the Democratic nomination for president.

A video tribute that aired Thursday at the Democratic National Convention recalled Beau Biden through his life as a major in the Army National Guard and as Delaware’s attorney general.

Beau died in 2015 of brain cancer. Biden often speaks of his son on the campaign trail as one of his heroes, and in the video he was described as an “inspiration” to his father even now.

Advertisement



The video featured President Barack Obama delivering Beau Biden’s eulogy, saying that “some folks may never know that their lives are better because of Beau Biden, but that’s OK.‘'

The video’s voiceover declared of Beau that “you never had to ask if he’d do something the right way — he didn’t know any other way.”

The video closed with Beau’s own words from his 2008 convention speech. He told the audience that he wouldn’t be able to be with his father during the fall campaign and asked them to “be there for my dad like he was for me.”


 

Thursday, August 20, 10:29 p.m.

 

Sen. Tammy Duckworth dubs Trump the ‘coward in chief’

By the Associated Press

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says Donald Trump is a “coward in chief” who has proved himself unfit to lead the U.S. armed forces.

The Illinois Democrat and military veteran lost her legs during a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq. She said at Thursday’s Democratic National Convention that Joe Biden understands the sacrifices military families make.

Duckworth says, “Joe knows the fear military families live because he’s felt that.‘'

Biden’s late son Beau served as a major in the Army National Guard.

Duckworth says Trump, on the other hand, is uninterested, doesn’t read his daily briefing and has been manipulated by dictators who are enemies of the U.S.

She says, “Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to call himself commander in chief for another four minutes, let alone four more years.”

Advertisement




 

Thursday, August 20, 10:13 p.m.

 

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin shares story at DNC of childhood illness

By the Associated Press

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin is sharing her struggles with a childhood illness to tout the importance of health coverage for preexisting conditions.

Baldwin said at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday that she was hospitalized for three months as a 9-year-old. Her grandparents were her caregivers, and their insurance did not cover her. Baldwin says she then struggled to get health insurance as an adult.

She asks: “Do we want to be a country where medical bills bury people in debt?”

Baldwin is touting her support under the Obama-Biden administration for the Affordable Care Act. It allows young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26.

Baldwin spoke from Milwaukee, the city where the convention was set to be held before the coronavirus pandemic forced most of the events to be held virtually.


 

Thursday, August 20, 10:09 p.m.

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus roasts Trump as DNC host on Day 4

By the Associated Press

The final night of the Democratic convention was designed to be Joe Biden’s moment to soar.

But actor and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the master of ceremonies on Thursday, gave him a run for his money, uncorking a brutal roast of President Donald Trump.

“American carnage,” she said, referring to the dominant theme of Trump’s inaugural speech. “I assumed that was something he was against, not a campaign promise.”

Invoking Biden’s Catholic faith, she mocked a recent Trump photo op outside a church during protests against police brutality.

“Just remember: Joe Biden goes to church so regularly, that he doesn’t even need tear gas and a bunch of federalized troops to help him get there,” she said.

Later, following a segment on voting, she quipped: “If we all vote, there is nothing Facebook, Fox News or Vladimir Putin can do to stop us.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus roasts Trump, GOP as DNC host
“American carnage,” she said, referring to the dominant theme of Trump’s inaugural speech. “I assumed that was something he was against, not a campaign promise.

 

Thursday, August 20, 10:02 p.m.

 

Cory Booker says Biden, Harris can help lift middle class

By the Associated Press

Cory Booker has evoked the memory of his late grandfather to argue that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can bolster unions and empower the middle class.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know the dignity of all working Americans,” the New Jersey senator said Thursday on the final night of the virtual Democratic National Convention. “They know the urgency and the demand of our dream.”

Booker says the Trump administration’s policies have left “working people under attack” and the middle class shrinking. Booker says, “He has failed us.”

Booker added of his grandfather, “If he was alive, Joe and Kamala, he would be so proud of you.”

“And he’d tell us, take another by the hand, and another, and let’s get to work,” Booker said. “This dream ain’t free, you gotta work for it.”


 

Thursday, August 20, 9:44 p.m.

 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms invokes Rep. Lewis’ legacy, urges voting

By the Associated Press

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has invoked the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis as she encourages people to vote.

“Congressman Lewis would not be silenced, and neither can we,” Bottoms said. “We cannot wait for some other time, some other place, some other heroes.”

Lewis represented the Atlanta area in Congress for decades. He was among a group of freedom riders who were beaten by Alabama State Police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965.

Before he died of cancer in July, he published an essay encouraging people to exercise their right to vote.

Bottoms said Lewis was a “God-fearing man who did what he could to fulfill the as-of-yet-unfulfilled promise of America.”

And she urged others to live up to his call.

“We must register and we must vote,” Bottoms said



 

Thursday, August 20, 9:26 p.m.

 

DNC host Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Andrew Yang jab GOP for mispronouncing Kamala

By the Associated Press

Democrats are opening the fourth and final night of their convention with a not-so-subtle dig at Republicans mispronouncing Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ first name.

“I cannot wait to see her debate our current vice president, Mika Pints. Or is it Paints?” said actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, referring to Vice President Mike Pence. After Democrat Andrew Yang suggested it was “Ponce,” Louis-Dreyfus responded, “Oh, some kind of weird foreign name.”

Harris is the child of immigrants, and her first name reflects her Indian heritage. Her name is pronounced “comma-la,” like the punctuation mark.

But President Donald Trump and other members of his party have been saying it wrong, even after they have been corrected.

The bit came after brief remarks by Yang, who ran in the Democratic primary.



 

Thursday, August 20, 9:09 p.m.

 

Gavin Newsom talks climate change at DNC as fires rage

By the Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says wildfires raging in his state should give pause to anyone who denies climate change.

Newsom spoke at the virtual Democratic National Convention on Thursday from a forest near California’s Central Coast after visiting a nearby Red Cross evacuation center.

More than two dozen major wildfires were blazing across California, blanketing cities and towns in smoke and putting tens of thousands of people under evacuation orders.

Newsom recorded the video after choosing to scrap the prerecorded video he originally recorded.

“I confess this is not where I expected to be speaking here tonight,” he said in a video recorded on a cellphone.

He added, “If you are in denial about climate change, come to California.”

Newsom criticized President Donald Trump for working to roll back vehicle emission standards meant to curb climate change and for threatening to withhold funding from California.



 

Thursday, August 20, 8:56 p.m.

 

Steph Curry, Ayesha Curry to endorse Joe Biden Thursday

By Sopan Deb, New York Times

Stephen Curry, one of the most popular players in the NBA, and his wife, author and chef Ayesha Curry, will endorse Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

The celebrity couple will appear in a pretaped video with their daughters, Riley, 8, and Ryan, 5, one of the highest-profile athlete appearances at a political convention for either party in history.

The endorsement was first reported by People Magazine.

“We want to ensure that our kids live in a nation that is safe, happy, healthy and fair, and so this election ...” Ayesha Curry says in a clip posted by People. Stephen Curry cuts in to say, “We’re voting for Joe Biden.”



 

Wednesday, August 19, 10:52 p.m.

 

Kamala Harris formally nominated as Joe Biden’s running mate

By the Associated Press

Kamala Harris has been formally nominated as Democrats’ pick for vice president, becoming the first Black and Indian American woman to do so for a major political party.

The 55-year-old California senator ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic presidential primary, dropping out months before the first votes were cast.

Joe Biden emerged on top of the once-crowded primary field, clinching the nomination and tapping Harris as his running mate last week.

By joining the party’s ticket, Harris also becomes just the third woman and first Asian-American to seek the vice presidency. She is a daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants.

A former state attorney general, Harris became close to Biden’s son Beau while he was attorney general of Delaware. Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015, and Harris was elected to the Senate the following year.

Some of the most influential women in Harris’ life introduced her as the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

They are Harris’ younger sister, Maya Harris; her niece, Meena Harris; and her step-daughter, Ella Emhoff. Maya Harris has long been one of Harris’ closest political advisers.

Emhoff is the daughter of Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, and affectionately calls Harris “Momala.”

At Wednesday’s Democratic National Convention, Meena Harris called her aunt a role model who taught her she could do anything she wanted, and a role model to so many women and girls of color around the world. Maya Harris says she’ll have Harris’ back the way Harris had hers as children growing up.

Kamala Harris formally nominated as Democrats’ pick for VP
Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for VP, cementing her status as a leader in a party staking its future on building a diverse coalition of voters.

 

Wednesday, August 19, 10:35 p.m.

 

Obama delivers searing take down of Trump, praises Biden in DNC speech

By the Associated Press

Former President Barack Obama has delivered a searing take down of Donald Trump while presenting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the ones who will “lead this country out of these dark times.”

Obama made the case for electing his former vice president and Harris, a California senator, during a live address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. He implored people to vote, arguing American democracy is at stake.

“This administration has shown that it will tear our democracy down if that’s what it takes to win,” Obama said, urging voters to “leave no doubt about what this country that we love stands for.”

Obama is among the headliners on the convention’s third night and is speaking before Harris. They are both barrier-breaking figures, he as the nation’s first Black president and Harris as the first Black woman on a major party ticket.

Obama delivers searing take down of Trump
Barack Obama: “You can give our democracy new meaning. You can take it to a better place. You’re the missing ingredient."

 

Wednesday, August 19, 10:25 p.m.

 

Elizabeth Warren addresses DNC from Springfield, Mass.

By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

Elizabeth Warren addressed the Democratic convention from Springfield on Wednesday night, discussing economic challenges that have been made worse from the coronavirus crisis.

She spoke from an early childhood center that has been closed since the pandemic began in March. “This crisis is on Donald Trump and the Republicans who enabled him.

On November 3rd we will hold them all accountable,” she said in her remarks, which lasted about 5 minutes.

Behind Warren, toy blocks were seen in cubbies spelling out “BLM,” which stands for Black Lives Matter.

Elizabeth Warren talks child care, economy at DNC
Elizabeth Warren: "It's time to recognize that child care is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation."



 

Wednesday, August 19, 10:08 p.m.

 

Don’t let Trump ‘sneak or steal’ a win, Hillary Clinton tells DNC

By the Associated Press

Hillary Clinton is reminding people of her 2016 loss despite winning 3 million more votes than Donald Trump as she urges Democrats not to sit the election out so he can’t “sneak or steal his way to victory.”

Addressing the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday from her home in Chappaquiddick, New York, Clinton says she hoped Trump would put his ego aside and be the president America needs, but that hasn’t happened.

Recalling a moment when Trump asked Black voters in 2016 what they had to lose by supporting him, Clinton said: “Now we know.”

As the first woman nominated for president in America, Clinton is also recalling the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It gave women the right to vote, though women of color fought for decades more to truly be included. She wore a white suit, the color representing the suffrage movement.

Clinton says she knows about “the slings and arrows” that vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris will face as a Black woman on the ticket.

“Believe me: This former district attorney and attorney general can handle them all,” she added.

Hillary Clinton complete remarks at DNC
Hillary Clinton: "Look, this can't be another woulda, coulda, shoulda election. If you vote by mail, request your ballot now and send it back right away."

 

Wednesday, August 19, 9:58 p.m.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contrasts Trump and Biden in DNC speech

By the Associated Press

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accusing President Donald Trump of “disrespect for facts, for working families and for women in particular,” disrespect she says she’s “seen firsthand.”

Pelosi spoke Wednesday night during the Democratic National Convention with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. She said Trump’s disrespect is “written into his policies toward our health and our rights, not just his conduct.”

She contrasted Joe Biden as having a “heart full of love for America” against Trump’s “heartless disregard for America’s goodness.”

Pelosi also listed a litany of bills House Democrats have passed, including LGBTQ protections, gun violence measures and a coronavirus relief bill and charged that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump are “standing in the way” of those reforms.

She closed by predicting this fall that Democrats will increase their majority in the House and win back control of the Senate.


 

Wednesday, August 19, 9:22 p.m.

 

Gabby Giffords delivers speech on combating gun violence, recalling 2011 shooting that nearly took her life

By the Associated Press

Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords is calling on Americans to speak out to combat gun violence, “even when you have to fight to find the words.”

Struggling to speak herself, Giffords recounted her difficulty recovering from the 2011 shooting that nearly took her life.

Giffords said during brief remarks at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night: “Confronted by paralysis and aphasia, I responded with grit and determination.”

The former congresswoman added: “Today I struggle to speak. But I have not lost my voice.”

Since the shooting, Giffords has become a leading gun control advocate and frequently speaks out on the issue. She told viewers that Joe Biden was there for her after the shooting and that they must participate in the November election to be “on the right side of history.”

“We can let the shooting continue, or we can act,” she said, adding: “We can vote.”


 

Wednesday, August 19, 9:29 p.m.

 

Harris talks voter suppression to open third night of DNC

By the Associated Press

Kamala Harris kicked off the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention by saying viewers may have heard “about obstacles and misinformation, and folks making it harder for you to cast your ballot.”

“I think we need to ask ourselves why don’t they want us to vote,” Harris said Wednesday. “When we vote, things get better. When we vote, we address the need for all people to be treated with dignity and respect in our country.”

She did not say what those possible obstacles were, but Democrats have accused President Donald Trump of deliberately trying to disrupt operations at the Postal Service in a year when more people are expected to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris urged viewers to send a text message to the Biden campaign to receive information on how to vote and deadlines for obtaining mail-in ballots, which vary by state.

Later Wednesday, she is expected to accept the Democratic vice presidential nomination.


 

Tuesday, August 18, 10:21 p.m.

 

Jill Biden makes personal case for husband Joe

By The Associated Press

Jill Biden offered a deeply personal and hopeful endorsement of her husband as a man who can lead the nation through adversity during the Democratic National Convention.

On Tuesday night, she pledged to the nation that if her husband is elected president, America’s classrooms “will ring out with laughter and possibility once again.”

Speaking from the Wilmington, Delaware, high school classroom where she taught English years ago, Jill Biden described “the anxiety that echoes down empty hallways” and the uncertainty that’s come as schools grapple with whether to resume in-person teaching as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

“The burdens we carry are heavy, and we need someone with strong shoulders,” Mrs. Biden said. “If we entrust this nation to Joe, he will do for your family what he did for ours: Bring us together and make us whole, carry us forward in our time of need, keep the promise of America, for all of us.”

Mrs. Biden drew parallels with her husband’s experience leading his family through personal adversity and what she described as his ability to lead the nation through its current crises.


 

Tuesday, August 18, 10:21 p.m.

 

Democrats formally nominate Joe Biden for president

By The Associated Press

The Democratic Party has formally made Joe Biden its presidential nominee, a position he has sought for more than 30 years and through three White House bids.

Delegates from each state took a roll call vote during the second night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, awarding Biden the position. Usually, each state calls out the number of delegates that different candidates won there during the primary in a dramatic fashion in a sports arena or large hall -- but the count was all done online this time.

Biden actually clinched the nomination in early June. His other challengers in the once-crowded Democratic presidential primary had left the race, and the votes of seven states and the District of Columbia gave him the 1,991 delegates to the convention needed to lock it up.

A former senator from Delaware and vice president, Biden first ran for president in 1988 and tried again in 2008 before launching his 2020 campaign last year.

President Donald Trump faced only token opposition in his party’s primary and will formally be renominated as his party’s candidate during the virtual Republican National Convention next week.


 

Tuesday, August 18, 10:03 p.m.

 

Security guard who met Biden in elevator among those to formally nominate him

By The Associated Press

Two politicians from Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware and a security guard who met Biden in an elevator have formally nominated him as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Jacquelyn Brittany met Biden when he went to The New York Times for an interview last year, and a video of their interaction went viral. She says he was unlike many of the powerful people with whom she shares the elevator.

She says, “I could tell he really saw me, that he actually cared.”

Sen. Chris Coons, who holds Biden’s former Senate seat, says Biden understands the struggles and hopes of everyday people.

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, also of Delaware, says future schoolchildren will learn about the pain and grief of this time in America but also about how a “President Biden” restored decency and integrity to American democracy.


 

Tuesday, August 18, 10:03 p.m.

 

Caroline Kennedy invokes her father, JFK, in praising Joe Biden

By The Associated Press

Caroline Kennedy is portraying Joe Biden as a public servant in the spirit of her father, who once challenged Americans to look at what they can do for their country.

The daughter of President John F. Kennedy spoke Tuesday at the all-virtual Democratic National Convention about helping Barack Obama choose Biden as a running mate while on his vetting team and then seeing him in action as vice president.

Kennedy served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration and said she saw Biden as a leader who was tough but fair and commanded the trust and respect of other nations.

She appeared in a video speaking alongside her son Jack Schlossberg as they attempted to bridge a generational span across the party.


 

Tuesday, August 18, 9:33 p.m.

 

Sally Yates says President Trump has ‘trampled the rule of law’

By The Associated Press

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates says President Donald Trump has “trampled the rule of law” and treats the country like a “family business.”

Yates spoke Tuesday on the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

She said she never expected to be speaking at a convention but the future of the country was at stake. She said Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, represented the best of the country and said America needed a president who respected its laws and “would restore the soul of America.”

Yates served as deputy attorney general during the Obama administration and stayed on as acting attorney during the early days of the T acting attorney general in the first days of the Trump administration, when she was fired by the president for refusing to defend the travel ban.


 

Tuesday, August 18, 9:11 p.m.

 

Colin Powell to speak at Democratic convention

By The Associated Press

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell plans to say at the Democratic National Convention that he supports Joe Biden for president because of the values they share.

Powell served as secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush from 2001 until 2005, and served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under both Bush and Democratic President Bill Clinton.

In an advance clip of his speech Tuesday, Powell says that Biden shares “the values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform” and that he supports him for president because “we need to restore those values to the White House.”

Powell, who is a decorated four-star general, also says that the country “needs a commander in chief who takes care of our troops in the same way he would his own family.” Powell says Biden knows how to do just that because his son Beau served in the Army National Guard.

Powell called President Donald Trump a liar and endorsed Biden in June. He’s one of a handful of prominent Republicans, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Cindy McCain, the wife of deceased Arizona Sen. John McCain, set to speak at the Democratic National Convention.



 

Monday, August 17, 11:18 p.m.

 

Trump ‘cannot meet this moment. It is what it is.’ Michelle Obama caps first night of DNC with rebuke of Trump

Michelle Obama is warning Americans to “vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it” during her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

In remarks that capped off Monday night’s event, Mrs. Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Trump presidency, telling viewers that 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,” she said.

She added that “if you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can.” Mrs. Obama emphasized the need for all Americans to vote, making reference to the voters who stayed home in 2016 and helped deliver Donald Trump the win that year, even as he lost the popular vote.

She says, “We’ve all been suffering the consequences.”

In contrast, she described Biden as a “profoundly decent man” who “knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and lead our country.”


 

Monday, August 17, 11:18 p.m.

 

Sanders levels scathing attack on Trump in DNC speech

Sanders addresses his supporters during DNC
Bernie Sanders addresses his supporters during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention.

Bernie Sanders has unleashed a scathing attack on President Donald Trump, suggesting that under him “authoritarianism has taken root in our country.”

Addressing the opening night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Monday, the Vermont senator said Trump had proved incapable of controlling the coronavirus outbreak, coping with the economic fallout and addressing institutional racism in the United States and climate change threatening the globe.

“Nero fiddled while Rome burned,” Sanders said. “Trump golfs.”

Sanders, who finished second in the Democratic primary behind Joe Biden, struck a more optimistic tone when he thanked supporters who voted for him in 2016 and 2020 for helping to move the country “in a bold, new direction.”

He called on his backers, as well as those who supported other 2020 Democratic primary contenders or Trump four years ago, to unite behind Biden.

Sanders says, “My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine.”


 

Monday, August 17, 10:48 p.m.

 

Former rivals Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Gillibrand urge Democrats to unite behind Biden

The Associated Press

Joe Biden’s former primary rivals are calling on rank-and-file Democrats to put aside any hard feelings and support the former vice president’s campaign.

Speaking live from St. Paul, Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar unveiled a video that also featured New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, businessman Tom Steyer, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, among others.

“It’s not easy to unite the Democratic Party,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Joe Biden has pulled it off.”

Democrats started with a large, historically diverse field of candidates. But while the party is becoming increasing diverse, Biden, a 77-year-old white man, won.

The former rivals said the need to defeat President Donald Trump is just too important to let hard feelings linger.

“There is no cavalry,” O’Rourke said. “We are the cavalry.”


 

Monday, August 17, 10:38 p.m.

 

Republican John Kasich praises Biden in show of bipartisanship

By The Associated Press

Republican John Kasich says it’s time to “take off our partisan hats and put our nation first.”

The former Ohio governor appeared at the Democratic National Convention on Monday in a show of bipartisanship rarely seen in party conventions. Kasich ran for president four years ago but lost the GOP nomination to Donald Trump.

Kasich told Republicans and independents wary of supporting a Democrat not to worry that Joe Biden would take a “sharp left and leave them behind” because Biden is a reasonable person who can’t be pushed around. He admitted there are places where the two disagree.

“But that’s OK, because that’s America,” he said.

He crafted the election as a crossroads for the nation, saying the last four years have led to dysfunction and increasing vitriol between Americans.

Kasich left the governorship in 2018. He previously served in Congress and used to have his own show on Fox News in the early 2000s.


 

Monday, August 17, 10:08 p.m.

 

Woman who lost father to COVID-19 gives searing remarks on Trump’s response to virus

By Christina Prignano

A San Francisco woman who lost her father to the coronavirus gave a searing speech on the first night of the Democratic convention Monday, placing the blame for her father’s death squarely on President Trump.

“My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life,” Kristin Urquiza said in a video message played during the virtual convention Monday.

Urquiza said her father followed the advice of political leaders, including Trump, when he went to a karaoke bar with friends after lockdowns lifted in Arizona.

“A few weeks later he was put on a ventilator, and after five agonizing days, he died alone, in the ICU, with a nurse holding his hand,” Urquiza said.


 

Monday, August 17, 9:35 p.m.

 

Democratic convention kicks off with Eva Longoria Baston as master of ceremonies, Biden’s grandchildren reciting Pledge of Allegiance

By The Associated Press

The first night of the Democratic National Convention has begun.

The event is being held virtually after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered plans for an in-person convention in Milwaukee.

Actor Eva Longoria Baston served as master of ceremonies of Monday’s event. Making early appearances in a montage of voices were labor leader Dolores Huerta, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and Parkland father Fred Guttenberg.

Five of Biden’s grandchildren recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Among the night’s speakers were Republican John Kasich, the former governor of Ohio, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former first lady Michelle Obama.


 

Monday, August 17, 8:53 p.m.

 


Sanders to use DNC speech to urge party unity

By the Associated Press

Bernie Sanders will use his Democratic National Convention speech to urge those who supported his progressive presidential bid -- or who may have voted Republican four years ago -- to unite behind Joe Biden in November.

According to excerpts released before Sanders’ Monday night speech, he plans to say that the country needs “an unprecedented response” because of the “unprecedented set of crises we face.”

Many of Sanders’ top advisers and supporters have spent months working with Biden’s campaign on joint task forces that devised common policy goals for use in the Democratic platform.

The idea was to promote party unity in a way that did not happen in 2016, when many Sanders supporters remained unenthusiastic about Hillary Clinton.

Sanders plans to say that Americans must “come together” to defeat President Donald Trump and elect Biden. He will say, “The price of failure is just too great to imagine.”


 

Monday, August 17, 8:14 p.m.

 


Michelle Obama to highlight Biden’s character in DNC speech

By Darlene Superville and Alexandra Jaffe

Michelle Obama will call Joe Biden a “profoundly decent man” who will “tell the truth and trust science” in her Monday night convention speech, seeking to draw a sharp contrast between President Donald Trump and her husband’s two-term vice president.

“He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and lead our country,” Mrs. Obama says in an advance excerpt of her speech. “He will make smart plans and manage a good team, and he will govern as someone who’s lived a life that the rest of us can recognize.”

It’s part of what longtime adviser Valerie Jarrett says is set to be a speech emphasizing Biden’s competency and character in contrast to the Republican incumbent.

By Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg News

A former Trump-appointed senior official came out for Biden Monday, arguing that the president is “dangerously chaotic.”

In an op-ed in the Washington Post and a video from Republican Voters Against Trump posted on social media, former Homeland Security official Miles Taylor argues the president ignored problems like terrorism and cybersecurity while focused entirely on political concerns.

“He was one of the most unfocused and undisciplined senior executives I have ever encountered,” he wrote. “It is more than a little ironic that Trump is campaigning for a second term as a law-and-order president. His first term has been dangerously chaotic. Four more years of this are unthinkable.”

In the video, already seen more than 1.7 million times, he alleges that Trump told officials to stop giving disaster aid to Californians hurt by wildfires because he was upset that the state didn’t go for him in 2016.

The op-ed and video came out on the first day of the Democratic National Convention when former Ohio Governor John Kasich, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and other Republicans were slated to speak in favor of Biden.

By Sydney Ember, New York Times

On Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders will address the Democratic National Convention and once again make his case for the progressive cause. Once again, he will deliver a speech as a losing candidate to rally his loyal followers behind another nominee.

But this is not 2016. While Sanders nominally lent his support to Hillary Clinton at this point four years ago, he never stopped arguing that he had been mistreated in the primary — that the election was rigged and the entire political system was, too — an air of grievance that his followers took with them to the convention floor.

By Brittany Bowker, Globe staff

The 2020 Democratic National Convention begins Monday night, a four-day event when delegates of the Democratic Party officially choose the party’s nominees for president and vice president, marking the formal start of the general election between former vice president Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

The annual event, a spectacle that traditionally draws in thousands, will be held almost entirely online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of spanning a duration of nearly 24 hours as it has in years past, strict time limits will condense this year’s convention to eight hours total.

Here’s what to know.