A day before the Democratic National Convention kicked off, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the event co-chair, said it was a time for unity and that the party had to “put the ‘us versus them’ in the rearview mirror.” Most of the high-profile speakers during the convention’s first night apparently had other ideas, using the opportunity to bash President Trump.
Here are five key moments from Monday night’s convention speeches:
Sanders warns of ‘authoritarianism’ and ‘the future of our planet’
Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden’s chief rival in the Democratic presidential primary race, spent the bulk of his address delivering a grim message to viewers, highlighting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis and insisting to his progressive supporters — who may not be fans of Biden — that the former vice president was America’s last hope for preventing “authoritarianism” under Trump.
“At its most basic, this election is about preserving our democracy,” Sanders, I-Vt., claimed, stating that under Trump’s administration, “the unthinkable has become normal,” and that “authoritarianism has taken root in our country.”
He went on to take personal shots at Trump, calling him and his administration “frauds” and insisting that the president is “a threat to our democracy.”
It was only after such attacks that Sanders spoke about Biden, assuring voters who may be further to the left than Biden that the former vice president would fight for at least some of their ideals, such as a higher minimum wage and fighting climate change.
Sanders then closed by returning to the warnings of doom, claiming that this November “the future of our planet is at stake.”
Michelle Obama rips into Trump in rare political appearance
In a speech that was widely praised for expressing a need for voters to unite behind Joe Biden, former first lady Michelle Obama took several opportunities to criticize Trump, ripping his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of leaving the economy “in shambles” and millions of people unemployed.
While Obama did deliver an uplifting message about the promise of America’s future, she also painted a dire picture of America’s present, blaming Trump for contributing to the country’s ills.
Obama claimed that Trump “is clearly in over his head” and “simply cannot be who we need him to be for us.” She said that instead of leadership, “what we get instead is chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy.”
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