Dems wrap historic convention: Harris makes History, Obama cviscerates Trump
Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent | 8/21/2020, 4:57 p.m.
As Democrats wrapped their four-day national convention filled with hope and promise for the future of America, many might well harken back to day three and determine it as the turning point of the 2020 election season.
That might indeed be the case if Joe Biden wins election as the 46th president of the United States.
Biden closed out the fourth and final day of the virtual convention by promising stronger leadership, civil and equal rights for all, and to bring a divided country back together with a platform that certainly promotes the reasonable and humane belief that Black lives matter.
“All elections are important. We know in our bones this is more consequential. This is a life-changing election,” Biden stated.
“We can and will overcome this season of darkness. I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” Biden declared from his home state of Delaware, as he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination.
“It is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for President of the United States of America.”
Biden’s speech punctuated a night filled with passionate pleas for Americans to vote their conscious. The fourth night included speeches from actress Julia Luis Dreyfuss, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and others. It also included a special performance by singer John Legend and hip-hop star and actor Common.
While Biden appeared to get his message across on the final night of the convention, it was his choice for vice president, and the nation’s 44th president on day three that may have made it difficult even for reasonable Republican voters to cast a ballot for President Donald Trump.
On day three, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the first Black and South Asian woman to officially accept the nomination as vice president from either of the two major political parties.
After being introduced by her sister, Maya Harris, her niece Meena Harris and stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, the California senator, stated her impressive resume and attacked Trump.
“I’ve fought for children and survivors of sexual assault. I’ve fought against transnational gangs. I took on the biggest banks and helped take down one of the biggest for-profit colleges. I know a predator when I see one,” she said in a reference to accusations some women have previously made against Trump.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump’s rallying cry was “lock her up,” claiming that the then-Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton was a criminal.
Harris turned the tables this time.
“I am eager to prosecute him,” Harris stated, adding that the president has failed America and has divided the country with racist and sexist rhetoric.
While Clinton also addressed the convention as did her husband and former President Bill Clinton, another ex-commander-in-chief stole the night.
Barack Obama broke with the long-standing but unwritten tradition of a former president criticizing one currently in office.
Speaking live from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia and in front of a display about the writing of the U.S. Constitution, Obama took direct aim at Trump.