In a virtual, 2020-style affair, Democrats kicked off their national convention on Monday, starting their four day run with former First Lady Michelle Obama and following it up on Tuesday with the announcement of Joe Biden as the official Democratic presidential nominee. Among others, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former president Barack Obama are to follow.
Conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt called the convention “unwatchable” and warned the Republican National Convention not to “give up production values just because the Democrats did.” City Journal’s associate editor Seth Barron pointed out the ludicrousness of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to blame Trump for his own pandemic response failures. The Right also called out Michelle Obama for her references to migrant kids being “torn from their families and thrown into cages” under the current administration – noting that it was under Barack Obama’s leadership that the “cages” were actually built to temporarily house children.
“The Democrats have calcified their pitch against Trump. They have made a case for Biden’s decency, but they have yet to make a compelling case that Biden can make a real difference on the coronavirus, the economy, or any of the numerous other issues on deck.”Jeremy Beaman, journalist for The Washington Examiner
The Left criticized Trump’s incompetency, contrasting Biden “as a man of deep empathy, faith and resilience.” Washington Post‘s Eugene Robinson praised Michelle Obama‘s “searing indictment” of Trump, writing that she “proved that for someone who says she hates politics, she is one hell of a politician.”
“Donald Trump inherited a growing economy and a more peaceful world. And like everything else he inherited, he bankrupted it.”John Kerry, US Secretary of State
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on voters to oust authoritarian Trump, stating, “The future of our planet is at stake.” Vox news co-founder Matthew Yglesias referred to the speech given by Biden’s wife Jill as the “single most hopeful moment of American politics in months.” However, even leftist media outlets agreed that Michelle’s comments regarding border issues were damning and criticized the convention for failing to give younger, more progressive figures a greater voice.
Thank you for seconding the nomination of @BernieSanders. The #DemConvention is highlighting all the talent and leadership in our party and how Democrats are united behind our future President @JoeBiden. https://t.co/MxTBt5oXwK— Democratic Party (@DNC) August 19, 2020