Barack Obama unleashed President Donald Trump in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening, saying the administration would do anything to win, even if it meant demolishing American democracy.
He made a clear, concise argument as to why he believes Trump was not qualified for service in the Oval Office, and sounded like President when he brought his case – but he also painted a dark vision of the consequences of a second Trump term in office .
"This government has shown that it will destroy our democracy if that's what it takes to win," he accused in his nearly 20-minute speech of a previous president's conviction of a previous president with no historical precedent.
Trump shot back Obama in an all-caps outbreak on Twitter, claiming he was spying on my campaign. and ridicule Democratic candidate Joe Biden as "SLOW JOE".
The president also said Obama "refused to support Biden" until he was late in Democratic Elementary School and "tried to get him not to run".
Obama told Americans last night that the only way to restore the country was to vote for Biden and his runner-up Kamala Harris in November.
"We have to keep building it – by putting all our efforts into these 76 days and voting like never before – for Joe and Kamala and the candidates up and down so we leave no doubt about what this country is we love Stands for – today and for all the days ahead, "said Obama with gray hair and a serious demeanor.
He set aside the presidential precedent to bring charges against the man who followed him in the Oval Office. He called him lazy, dangerous and corrupt and accused him of using the military as props, gassing peaceful protesters and being ready for a second term.
And he tried to address Trump voters directly, saying he understood why they felt the government wasn't working – but he denied conspiracy theories, incompetence and the death of 170,000 and said, "He didn't grow into the job because he can't "and turn the presidency into a" reality show for the attention he craves ".
Obama had swapped places with Kamala Harris to let her end the night. His pursuit of Trump was followed by her optimistic speech, which focused on her own story and a message of hope.
Harris introduced herself to the voters and told them her story, an American story: her immigrant parents, her birth in California – probably a Trump trying to recruit "more" conspiracy claims – met her husband Doug on a blind date , they sisters from a historically black sorority and their stepchildren and most importantly their late mother, an Indian immigrant.
The Democrats made it clear that they were vying for women's votes and filling Wednesday's program with women: actresses like Kerry Washington and Mariska Hargitay, who gave Joe Biden endorsement, and Gabby Giffords, the survivor of the shooting, who said, "I'm struggling to speak but I haven't lost my voice. & # 39;
Both Hillary Clinton – the first female presidential candidate – and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – the country's first female speaker – spoke, but Pelosi received a higher payroll.
And the night ended with Harris' nomination for vice president. In her remarks, she also played the traditional role of a runner-up – she attacked the rival party's presidential candidate.
She did not mention Trump by name but made it clear who she was referring to.
Targeting Trump for his "chaos, incompetence and lost life," she joked when speaking of her backstory as a prosecutor, "I know a predator when I see one."
But Obama led the attack on Trump. He spoke to Harris, a change in the order the former president requested so that he could pass his time as party leader on to the next generation.
Barack Obama unleashed his most direct and toughest impact yet on the man who followed him into the Oval Office in his speech to the Democratic National Convention
Kamala Harris graduated from the program on Wednesday evening and officially became the Democratic Vice-presidential candidate
Joe Biden joined Kamala Harris on stage after completing her remarks. The two are now officially the Democratic ticket where Biden will give his speech on Thursday evening
The spouses also joined in: Doug Emhoff and Kamala Harris with Joe and Jill Biden
President Trump responded to Obama's speech in a series of tweets, written in capital letters
Former President Barack Obama spoke from the Museum of the American Revolution on Wednesday evening as part of the National Virtual Democratic Convention
TRUMP LIVE-TWEETS HIS ANGER AT OBAMA
"He spied on my campaign and got caught!" Trump raged on Twitter shortly after Obama stood and poured a stone engraving of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
It was an indication of what Trump referred to as the "Obamagate" in almost daily attacks on the FBI and the investigators investigating his campaign for relations with Russia in 2016.
Trump's online outbreak came on a night when Obama delivered a critical speech in which he went well beyond what a new president has done to reject his successor. Obama said from Philadelphia that Trump has "no interest in doing work" and that he lacks adequate respect for the office he holds.
A subsequent tweet attempted to sow divisions on a night in which demoralized candidate Joe Biden tries to unite a broad coalition behind him.
“Why did he refuse to support Slow Slow until it was all over, and even very late? Why did he try to get him not to run? & # 39; he wrote.
The "SLOW JOE" attack was just the last insult to throw Trump on Biden's intellect after revealing a campaign ad portraying him as falling apart.
Obama remained neutral for most of the Democratic primary elections. In the run-up to 2016, he took steps that in many ways set the table for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to come out on top of her party. Biden eventually begged to run after his son Beau died.
Biden said during the election campaign that he asked Obama to stay out but ultimately survived the rivals and ultimately defeated Vermont Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.
Obama's criticism so far was his most direct and harshest of the man who followed him into the Oval Office. Obama had followed the unspoken rule on previous occasions, to the frustration of his fellow Democrats, that past presidents should not question or criticize the current incumbent.
That rule went to the sidelines on Wednesday night.
Obama accused Trump of failing to grow up to be President of the United States "because he couldn't," and he showed "no interest in doing the job" in order to be an effective leader.
"I sat in the Oval Office with the two men running for president," Obama said, establishing a personal connection with the two candidates running for his old job.
“In the interests of our country, I was hoping that Donald Trump would show some interest in taking the job seriously. that he could feel the weight of the office and discover awe of the democracy that was made available to him, ”he said.
"Donald Trump didn't grow into the job because he couldn't," Obama said.
The former president said he understands why there is cynicism and desperation in the United States under Trump's presidency, and he understands why a black mother might feel like she wasn't looking after her at all.
He went on to mention some of the disenfranchised groups, blocs that tend to vote Democrats when they vote.
“I understand why a new immigrant might look around this country and wonder if there is still a place for him here. Why could a young person look at politics now, the circus of it all, the meanness and the lies and crazy conspiracy theories and think what's the point? & # 39; he said.
But he warned that President Trump would promote the stance to deter Americans from voting.
“This president and those in power – those who benefit from keeping things as they are – are counting on your cynicism. They know that their guidelines cannot convince you. They hope to make it as difficult as possible for you to vote and to convince you that your vote doesn't matter. That's how they win, ”he argued.
Like his wife Michelle, Barack Obama urged Americans to draw up an election plan
Michelle Obama told people, "We have to vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored."
In her remarks on the opening of the Wednesday session of the Convention, Kamala Harris also stressed the importance of voting
He urged Americans – like his wife Michelle Obama in her speech on Monday evening – to have a plan to vote on.
“Don't let them take power from you. Don't let them take away your democracy. Now make a plan for how you will engage and vote. Do it as early as you can and tell your family and friends how they can vote, too, ”he said.
In her speech on Monday evening, in which she also attacked Trump directly and harshly, Michelle Obama responded to democratic fears that President Trump would try to delegitimize the election if Biden wins.
“We have to vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored. Because right now, people who know they can't win the ballot box fairly and fairly are doing everything they can to keep us from voting, ”she said.
Democrats fear the disenfranchisement of voters amid Trump's attacks on postal ballot papers as fraudulent – despite numerous studies showing it has not – and amid concerns about delays in U.S. postal services, the ballot papers may not arrive in time to be counted become.
In a break with tradition, Kamala Harris made brief comments at the beginning of Wednesday's session, asking people to have a voting plan.
“I think we have to wonder why they don't want us to vote. Why is there so much effort in silencing our voices? & # 39; She asked. “And the answer is that when we vote, things change. If we vote it will be better, if we vote we will address the need for everyone in our country to be treated with dignity and respect. & # 39;
In his speech, Barack Obama also accused President Trump of running the former NBC star "The Apprentice," a "reality show" on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue just because of his ego.
“He hasn't shown any interest in doing the job for almost four years. no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the incredible power of his office to help anyone other than himself and his friends; No interest in treating the presidency as anything but just another reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves, "Obama said.
Trump posted his response on Twitter, sending messages in capital letters while Obama spoke.
"He spied on my campaign and got caught!" Trump yelled, referring to an FBI counter-investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign to see if Russia was trying to influence the elections.
“Why did he refuse to support Slow Slow until it was all over, and even very late? Why did he try not to get it to work? "Added Trump.
Traditionally, the other party's candidate remains calm during their rival's congressional week. Trump tossed that rule out the window this week with his trips to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Arizona to criticize Biden. The president will be interviewing Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday evening – the night Biden accepts the Democratic presidential nomination – and he will also visit Pennsylvania that day, stopping near Biden's hometown of Scranton.
President Obama made a cool, calm, and structured argument setting out why he believed President Trump was not qualified to serve in the Oval Office
Obama accused President Trump of directing the former star of NBC's "The Apprentice," a "reality show" on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue just because of his ego; above Donald Trump can be seen with participants from the show's 13th season in October 2012
Barack Obama spoke from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia to an exhibition entitled "Writing the Constitution" in one of the few live speeches from the virtual convention
Obama spoke from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia prior to an exhibition entitled "Writing the Constitution" in one of the virtual convention's few live speeches.
He made a cool, calm, and structured argument setting out why he believed President Trump was not qualified to serve in the Oval Office.
The only constitutional office elected by all people is the presidency. At the very least, we should expect a president to feel responsible for the safety and well-being of all 330 million of us – regardless of how we look, how we worship, who we love, how much money we have – or who we have voted for it, ”he said.
“We should also expect a president to be the guardian of this democracy. We should expect that regardless of ego, ambition, or political beliefs, the President will uphold, protect, and defend the freedoms and ideals for which so many Americans have marched and jailed for. fought for it and died for it, "he remarked.
Obama, a former law professor, began his presentation with a legal argument, the transition to an affirmation of Biden's character and qualification as president.
He called his former Vice President his "brother" and spoke of his empathy.
"Twelve years ago when I was looking for a vice president, I didn't know I would end up finding a brother," Obama said. Joe and I came from different places and different generations. But what I quickly admired about him was his resilience, born of too much struggle; his empathy, born of too much grief. & # 39;
He made clear his support for the Biden / Harris ticket.
For eight years, Joe was the last in the room when I faced a big decision. He made me a better president – and he has the character and experience to make us a better country. And in my friend Kamala Harris, he has chosen an ideal partner who is more than prepared for the job. Someone who knows what it is like to break through barriers and who has made a career helping others achieve their own American dream, ”he said.
Obama targeted Trump's most controversial moments as president when he realized that a commander-in-chief was not using the men and women of our military who are willing to risk anything to protect our nation as political props against peaceful protesters on our own soil. & # 39;
In addition to targeting Trump's reaction to the Black Lives Matter protesters, he slapped the president for targeting the media and questioning the patriotism of those who opposed him politically.
And he said Trump just does things.
"You understand that political opponents are not" un-American "just because they disagree with you; that a free press is not the" enemy "but the way we hold officials accountable; that our ability to work together to solve big problems like a pandemic depends on being faithful to facts, science and logic, not just making things up, ”he said.
He ended his speech with words of compassion.
& # 39; Stay safe. God bless you, ”he said.
Before his remarks, the organizers of Congress showed a video of the ceremony at the White House on January 13, 2017, when then-President Obama presented Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the country's highest civic award – to mark the close bond between the two to be highlighted during their joint tenure.
Obama, who has spent most of his professional career in Chicago, is closely associated with Philadelphia. Here he made one of his most important speeches: when he ran for president in 2008, he spoke about race.
President Obama made one of his most momentous speeches on his Democratic primary struggle against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia in 2008, speaking on races in America
President Obama will say in his speech that he was in the Oval Office with both men – he met with President-elect Trump on November 10, 2016
Then-President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office in January 2015
Hillary Clinton waves to supporters outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the final night of her 2016 campaign
President Obama (left) appeared with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (right) on the final night of the 2016 campaign at an outdoor rally in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, just blocks from where he was DNC 2020 will address
Philadelphia native Joe Biden (left) and Jill Biden (right) greeted crowds in Philadelphia in May 2019 as the former vice president launched his presidential campaign
The Democratic Congress also took place in Philadelphia four years ago.
And Obama appeared on the eve of election night in 2016 along with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and his wife Michelle at a crowded outdoor rally on the Independence Hall campus.
But that last minute stop didn't help their campaign.
Pennsylvania was the state that gave Trump the Oval Office – he was the first Republican to win it in more than 20 years. Scranton-born Biden will try to get it back in the Democratic corner in November.
Kamala Harris officially becomes Vice President of the Democrats and attacks Donald Trump for "chaos, incompetence and lost life". She says, "I know a predator when I see one" – and supports Joe Biden, who says he will bring "a better future".
Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president on Wednesday night in Wilmington, Delaware, and was accompanied on stage by Democratic candidate Joe Biden and her spouses.
Harris attacked President Donald Trump for his "chaos, incompetence and lost life", joking when she spoke of her backstory as a prosecutor, "I know a predator when I see one."
"Right now we have a president who is turning our tragedies into political weapons," said the California senator. "Joe will be a president who targets our challenges."
She shared her American story: her immigrant parents, her birth in California – a probable altercation with Trump trying again to spread rumors of a Democratic color candidate – met her husband Doug on a blind date, her sisterhood of sisters a historically black sorority.
"She taught us to put family first – the family you were born into and the family you choose," Harris said of her mother, the late Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
And she talked about getting justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, two black Americans killed by white officers.
Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination in Wilmington, Delaware, Wednesday night
Kamala Harris only had reporters in her audience Wednesday night as the country continues to be hit by the coronavirus crisis
Harris' speech was the final addition to an evening full of women.
Both Hillary Clinton – the first female presidential candidate – and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – the country's first female speaker – spoke, but Pelosi received a higher payroll. Actresses Kerry Washington and Mariska Hargitay performed while 18-year-old Billie Eilish sang. Senator Elizabeth Warren gave her an inside look at the economy.
Harris also received a stamp of approval from President Barack Obama, who gutted President Donald Trump in his remarks. Obama called her an "ideal partner who is more than prepared for the job".
Much has been said about the anniversary on Tuesday, marking 100 years of the 19th Amendment, when some American women got to vote, but not all.
"But so many of the black women who helped ensure this victory were banned from voting long after it was ratified," Harris emphasized in her remarks.
She also spoke about the inequalities exposed by the current coronavirus crisis.
“And while this virus affects us all, let's face it, it's not an equal opportunity offender. Blacks, Latinos and Indians suffer and die disproportionately, ”she said.
"This virus has no eyes and yet knows exactly how we see each other – and how we treat each other," noted Harris. “And let's be clear – there is no vaccine against racism. We have to do the work. & # 39;
Previously, she defied tradition and opened her night at the Democratic National Convention. She urged supporters to create a voting plan as this has fueled the narrative that there will be widespread electoral fraud.
“I think we have to wonder why they don't want us to vote. Why is there so much effort in silencing our voices? & # 39; She asked. “And the answer is that when we vote, things change. If we vote it will be better, if we vote we will address the need for everyone in our country to be treated with dignity and respect. & # 39;
The beginning of Harris' remarks served as an official introduction for voters who may not have paid attention to the Democratic primary in the first few months that she runs.
She spoke of her Indian mother who came to the United States to cure cancer and who met her Jamaican father at the University of California at Berkeley.
"They fell in love the most American way – while marching together for justice in the civil rights movement of the 1960s," she said. "On the streets of Oakland and Berkeley, I saw people from the perspective of a pram as they get caught in what the great John Lewis called" good problems, "" she said in another reference to the civil rights pioneer at DNC this week.
Lewis passed away last month.
Harris also spoke of the grief her mother could not see at that moment.
"And oh, how I wish she were here tonight, but I know she's looking down on me from above. I keep thinking of this 25-year-old Indian woman – all five feet – who met me at the Kaiser Hospital in Oakland , California, ”she said.
Greeting: At the end of Kamala Harris' speech, Joe Biden walked hand in hand with his wife Jill on stage to congratulate his run mate
& # 39; My love. & # 39; Kamala Harris talked about her marriage to Doug Emhoff, a Los Angeles attorney, and the joy of being "Momala" to his children from his first marriage – which she introduced before she spoke
"On that day she probably never could have imagined that I was standing in front of you saying these words," she said to one of them. Break.
"I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America," said Harris.
She spoke of the country her mother raised her in to believe that it was.
"Today … this country feels remote," she said. “We are at a turning point. The constant chaos lets us drift. The incompetence scares us. The calluses make us feel alone. & # 39;
& # 39; That's a lot. & # 39;
"And here's the thing: we can do better and we deserve so much more," said Harris.
She then spoke of Biden – how she knew him when he served in office, but also as the father of her friend Beau Biden.
“And what moved me about Joe, too, is the work he did while walking back and forth. Dies ist der Anführer, der das Gesetz gegen Gewalt gegen Frauen geschrieben und das Verbot von Angriffswaffen erlassen hat. Wer hat als Vizepräsident das Wiederherstellungsgesetz umgesetzt, das unser Land von der großen Rezession zurückgebracht hat? “, Sagte sie. Er setzte sich für den Affordable Care Act ein und schützte Millionen von Amerikanern unter bereits bestehenden Bedingungen. Wer hat Jahrzehnte damit verbracht, amerikanische Werte und Interessen auf der ganzen Welt zu fördern, sich gegen unsere Verbündeten und gegen unsere Gegner einzusetzen? & # 39;
Sie schloss mit dem Druck auf die immense Verantwortung, die die Wähler hatten, um Trump aus dem Amt zu bringen.
In Jahren wird dieser Moment vergangen sein. Und unsere Kinder und Enkelkinder werden uns in die Augen schauen und uns fragen: Wo warst du, als der Einsatz so hoch war? She said.
'Und wir werden es ihnen sagen. Wir werden ihnen sagen, nicht nur wie wir uns gefühlt haben. Wir werden ihnen sagen, was wir getan haben «, sagte Harris.
BARACK OBAMAS REDE ZUM DEMOKRATISCHEN ÜBEREINKOMMEN 2020
Guten Abend zusammen. Wie Sie inzwischen gesehen haben, ist dies keine normale Konvention. Es ist keine normale Zeit. Deshalb möchte ich heute Abend so klar wie möglich über die Einsätze bei dieser Wahl sprechen. Denn was wir in den nächsten 76 Tagen tun, wird über Generationen hinweg widerhallen.
Ich bin in Philadelphia, wo unsere Verfassung entworfen und unterzeichnet wurde. Es war kein perfektes Dokument. Es erlaubte die Unmenschlichkeit der Sklaverei und versäumte es, Frauen – und sogar Männern, die kein Eigentum besaßen – das Recht zu garantieren, am politischen Prozess teilzunehmen. In dieses Dokument war jedoch ein Nordstern eingebettet, der zukünftige Generationen leiten sollte. ein System repräsentativer Regierung – eine Demokratie – durch die wir unsere höchsten Ideale besser verwirklichen können. Durch Bürgerkrieg und erbitterte Kämpfe haben wir diese Verfassung verbessert, um die Stimmen derer einzubeziehen, die einst ausgelassen wurden. Und nach und nach haben wir dieses Land gerechter, gleichberechtigter und freier gemacht.
Das einzige von allen Menschen gewählte Verfassungsamt ist die Präsidentschaft. Zumindest sollten wir von einem Präsidenten erwarten, dass er sich für die Sicherheit und das Wohlergehen aller 330 Millionen von uns verantwortlich fühlt – unabhängig davon, wie wir aussehen, wie wir anbeten, wen wir lieben, wie viel Geld wir haben – oder wen wir haben dafür gestimmt.
Wir sollten aber auch erwarten, dass ein Präsident der Hüter dieser Demokratie ist. Wir sollten erwarten, dass der Präsident unabhängig von Ego, Ehrgeiz oder politischen Überzeugungen die Freiheiten und Ideale bewahren, schützen und verteidigen wird, für die so viele Amerikaner marschierten und ins Gefängnis gingen. kämpfte für und starb für.
Ich habe mit den beiden Männern, die für den Präsidenten kandidieren, im Oval Office gesessen. Ich hätte nie erwartet, dass mein Nachfolger meine Vision annehmen oder meine Politik fortsetzen würde. Ich habe im Interesse unseres Landes gehofft, dass Donald Trump ein gewisses Interesse daran zeigt, den Job ernst zu nehmen. dass er das Gewicht des Amtes spüren und Ehrfurcht vor der Demokratie entdecken könnte, die ihm zur Verfügung gestellt worden war.
Aber er hat es nie getan. Seit fast vier Jahren zeigt er kein Interesse daran, die Arbeit zu leisten. kein Interesse daran, Gemeinsamkeiten zu finden; kein Interesse daran, die unglaubliche Kraft seines Büros zu nutzen, um jemand anderem als sich selbst und seinen Freunden zu helfen; Kein Interesse daran, die Präsidentschaft als etwas anderes als eine weitere Reality-Show zu behandeln, die er nutzen kann, um die Aufmerksamkeit zu bekommen, nach der er sich sehnt.
Donald Trump ist nicht in den Job hineingewachsen, weil er es nicht kann. Und die Folgen dieses Versagens sind schwerwiegend. 170.000 Amerikaner tot. Millionen von Arbeitsplätzen sind weg, während die Spitzenreiter mehr denn je aufnehmen. Our worst impulses have been unleashed, our proud reputation around the world severely diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.
Jetzt weiß ich, dass sich die meisten von Ihnen in so polarisierten Zeiten bereits entschieden haben. Aber vielleicht sind Sie sich immer noch nicht sicher, für welchen Kandidaten Sie stimmen werden – oder ob Sie überhaupt wählen werden. Vielleicht haben Sie die Richtung, in die wir gehen, satt, aber Sie können noch keinen besseren Weg sehen, oder Sie wissen einfach nicht genug über die Person, die uns dorthin führen möchte.
Lassen Sie mich Ihnen von meinem Freund Joe Biden erzählen.
Als ich vor zwölf Jahren mit der Suche nach einem Vizepräsidenten begann, wusste ich nicht, dass ich am Ende einen Bruder finden würde. Joe and I came from different places and different generations. But what I quickly admired about him was his resilience, born of too much struggle; his empathy, born of too much grief. Joe ist ein Mann, der früh gelernt hat, jeden Menschen, dem er begegnet, mit Respekt und Würde zu behandeln. Er lebt von den Worten, die ihm seine Eltern beigebracht haben: "Niemand ist besser als du, Joe, aber du bist besser als niemand."
Dieses Einfühlungsvermögen, dieser Anstand, der Glaube, dass jeder zählt – das ist Joe.
Wenn er mit jemandem spricht, der ihren Job verloren hat, erinnert sich Joe an die Nacht, als sein Vater ihn setzte, um zu sagen, dass er seinen verloren hatte.
Wenn Joe einem Elternteil zuhört, der gerade versucht, alles zusammenzuhalten, tut er dies als alleinerziehender Vater, der jeden Abend mit dem Zug zurück nach Wilmington fuhr, damit er seine Kinder ins Bett stecken konnte.
When he meets with military families who’ve lost their hero, he does it as a kindred spirit; the parent of an American soldier; somebody whose faith has endured the hardest loss there is.
For eight years, Joe was the last one in the room whenever I faced a big decision. He made me a better president – and he’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country.
And in my friend Kamala Harris, he’s chosen an ideal partner who’s more than prepared for the job; someone who knows what it’s like to overcome barriers and who’s made a career fighting to help others live out their own American dream.
Along with the experience needed to get things done, Joe and Kamala have concrete policies that will turn their vision of a better, fairer, stronger country into reality.
They’ll get this pandemic under control, like Joe did when he helped me manage H1N1 and prevent an Ebola outbreak from reaching our shores.
They’ll expand health care to more Americans, like Joe and I did ten years ago when he helped craft the Affordable Care Act and nail down the votes to make it the law.
They’ll rescue the economy, like Joe helped me do after the Great Recession. I asked him to manage the Recovery Act, which jumpstarted the longest stretch of job growth in history. And he sees this moment now not as a chance to get back to where we were, but to make long-overdue changes so that our economy actually makes life a little easier for everybody – whether it’s the waitress trying to raise a kid on her own, or the shift worker always on the edge of getting laid off, or the student figuring out how to pay for next semester’s classes.
Joe and Kamala will restore our standing in the world – and as we’ve learned from this pandemic, that matters. Joe knows the world, and the world knows him. He knows that our true strength comes from setting an example the world wants to follow. A nation that stands with democracy, not dictators. A nation that can inspire and mobilize others to overcome threats like climate change, terrorism, poverty, and disease.
But more than anything, what I know about Joe and Kamala is that they actually care about every American. And they care deeply about this democracy.
They believe that in a democracy, the right to vote is sacred, and we should be making it easier for people to cast their ballot, not harder.
They believe that no one – including the president – is above the law, and that no public official – including the president – should use their office to enrich themselves or their supporters.
They understand that in this democracy, the Commander-in-Chief doesn’t use the men and women of our military, who are willing to risk everything to protect our nation, as political props to deploy against peaceful protesters on our own soil. They understand that political opponents aren’t “un-American” just because they disagree with you; that a free press isn’t the “enemy” but the way we hold officials accountable; that our ability to work together to solve big problems like a pandemic depends on a fidelity to facts and science and logic and not just making stuff up.
None of this should be controversial. These shouldn’t be Republican principles or Democratic principles. They’re American principles. But at this moment, this president and those who enable him, have shown they don’t believe in these things.
Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of these dark times and build it back better. But here’s the thing: no single American can fix this country alone. Not even a president. Democracy was never meant to be transactional – you give me your vote; I make everything better. It requires an active and informed citizenry. So I am also asking you to believe in your own ability – to embrace your own responsibility as citizens – to make sure that the basic tenets of our democracy endure.
Because that’s what at stake right now. Our democracy.
Look, I understand why many Americans are down on government. The way the rules have been set up and abused in Congress make it easy for special interests to stop progress. Believe me, I know. I understand why a white factory worker who’s seen his wages cut or his job shipped overseas might feel like the government no longer looks out for him, and why a Black mother might feel like it never looked out for her at all. I understand why a new immigrant might look around this country and wonder whether there’s still a place for him here; why a young person might look at politics right now, the circus of it all, the meanness and the lies and crazy conspiracy theories and think, what’s the point?
Well, here’s the point: this president and those in power – those who benefit from keeping things the way they are – they are counting on your cynicism. They know that their guidelines cannot convince you. So they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter. That’s how they win. That’s how they get to keep making decisions that affect your life, and the lives of the people you love. That’s how the economy will keep getting skewed to the wealthy and well-connected, how our health systems will let more people fall through the cracks. That’s how a democracy withers, until it’s no democracy at all.
We can’t let that happen. Do not let them take away your power. Don’t let them take away your democracy. Make a plan right now for how you’re going to get involved and vote. Do it as early as you can and tell your family and friends how they can vote too. Do what Americans have done for over two centuries when faced with even tougher times than this – all those quiet heroes who found the courage to keep marching, keep pushing in the face of hardship and injustice.
Last month, we lost a giant of American democracy in John Lewis. Some years ago, I sat down with John and the few remaining leaders of the early Civil Rights Movement. One of them told me he never imagined he’d walk into the White House and see a president who looked like his grandson. Then he told me that he’d looked it up, and it turned out that on the very day that I was born, he was marching into a jail cell, trying to end Jim Crow segregation in the South.
What we do echoes through the generations.
Whatever our backgrounds, we’re all the children of Americans who fought the good fight. Great grandparents working in firetraps and sweatshops without rights or representation. Farmers losing their dreams to dust. Irish and Italians and Asians and Latinos told to go back where they came from. Jews and Catholics, Muslims and Sikhs, made to feel suspect for the way they worshipped. Black Americans chained and whipped and hanged. Spit on for trying to sit at lunch counters. Beaten for trying to vote.
If anyone had a right to believe that this democracy did not work, and could not work, it was those Americans. Our ancestors. They were on the receiving end of a democracy that had fallen short all their lives. They knew how far the daily reality of America strayed from the myth. And yet, instead of giving up, they joined together and said somehow, some way, we are going to make this work. We are going to bring those words, in our founding documents, to life.
I’ve seen that same spirit rising these past few years. Folks of every age and background who packed city centers and airports and rural roads so that families wouldn’t be separated. So that another classroom wouldn’t get shot up. So that our kids won’t grow up on an uninhabitable planet. Americans of all races joining together to declare, in the face of injustice and brutality at the hands of the state, that Black Lives Matter, no more, but no less, so that no child in this country feels the continuing sting of racism.
To the young people who led us this summer, telling us we need to be better – in so many ways, you are this country’s dreams fulfilled. Earlier generations had to be persuaded that everyone has equal worth. For you, it’s a given – a conviction. And what I want you to know is that for all its messiness and frustrations, your system of self-government can be harnessed to help you realize those convictions.
You can give our democracy new meaning. You can take it to a better place. You’re the missing ingredient – the ones who will decide whether or not America becomes the country that fully lives up to its creed.
That work will continue long after this election. But any chance of success depends entirely on the outcome of this election. This administration has shown it will tear our democracy down if that’s what it takes to win. So we have to get busy building it up – by pouring all our effort into these 76 days, and by voting like never before – for Joe and Kamala, and candidates up and down the ticket, so that we leave no doubt about what this country we love stands for – today and for all our days to come.
Stay safe. Gott segne.
'I wish Donald Trump knew how to be president.' Hillary Clinton pleads with voters to back Joe Biden – accusing 2016 victor of 'stealing' 2020 election and boasting she got more votes – as Democrats make Nancy Pelosi the bigger star
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touted Joe Biden's candidacy at the Democratic convention as she replayed parts of her own 2016 loss – and urged people to get out and vote so President Donald Trump doesn't 'steal' the election.
Speaking from her home in Chappaqua, New York, the former first lady and Democratic presidential nominee spoke admiringly about Biden and his policy agenda, and repeatedly mentioned his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
'And don't forget Joe and Kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose – take it from me,' she said with a chuckle – pointing to her popular vote win that still didn't get her to the White House due to the electoral college system.
'So we need numbers overwhelming, so Trump can't sneak or steal his way to victory,' Clinton warned.
She was echoing concerns raised by Biden, on a day the White House refused to say definitively Trump would accept the election results.
But her placement on the night saw her speech run before the 10pm start of network television coverage, and before a min-documentary praising Nancy Pelosi, who gave the next speech, making the Speaker – not the 2016 runner-up – the bigger star of the house.
In her speech Clinton hammered Trump, who called to 'lock her up' during his campaign and continues to bring her up repeatedly.
'As Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders warned us, if Trump is reelected things will get even worse. That's why we need unity now more than ever,' she said, wearing white as the convention marked the centennial of women's suffrage.
'Remember back in 2016 when Trump asked: 'What do you have to lose?' Well, now we know. Our health care, our jobs our loved ones. Our leadership in the world and even our post office,' said Clinton.
'But let's set our sights higher than getting one man out of the White House,' she said, breezing through Biden's policy agenda in her brief remarks.
Condemnation: Hillary Clinton launched an attack on Donald Trump and also rehashed her 2016 campaign
She said there was 'so much to vote for,' mentioning climate change, 'caregiving living wages,' emergency relief, and confronting an economy that allowed billionaires to get '$400 billion richer' during the pandemic.
She spoke for less than 7 minutes – longer than the time her husband Bill Clinton got.
The former first lady's remarks were followed by a video tribute leading into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's remarks. It showed the future congresswoman and pathbreaker as a child, with images of her family and her first run for Congress.
Pelosi, who has become the primary opposition to Trump, was quoted making her own 'marble ceiling' line upon assuming the speakership in 2007, predating Clinton's 'glass ceiling' line in 2016, with images of her first congressional win.
The Pelosi video also featured some of her battles with President Donald Trump that have made her an icon among the Democratic faithful. First was when she fought with the president during a December 2018 Oval Office meeting about a government shutdown. Afterward Pelosi walked out of the White House, wearing an orange coat and donning her sunglasses – an image that went viral.
The video also showed a photo from an October 2019 meeting in the White House that saw Democrats walk out over, charging Trump with having a meltdown. The White House released a photo showing Pelosi standing up, finger pointed at Trump. She made it her Twitter profile picture.
'As Speaker, I've seen firsthand Donald Trump's disrespect for facts, for working families, and for women in particular,' Pelosi said. 'But we know what he doesn't: that when women succeed, America succeeds.'
She also touted Biden's support for women.
Bigger star: Nancy Pelosi was given a documentary film treatment immediately after Hillary Clinton presenting her as a bigger star – a recognition that she is the most powerful woman in American history
Address: Nancy Pelosi delivered her speech from San Francisco, dressed like Hillary Clinton in white in recognition of 100 years of the 19th Amendment, the end of the long struggle for women's suffrage
'Joe Biden is the President we need right now: battle-tested, forward-looking, honest and authentic. He has never forgotten where he comes from and who he fights for,' she said.
'Our nation faces the worst health and economic catastrophe in our history: more than 5 million Americans are infected by the coronavirus,' Pelosi said. 'And who is standing in the way? (Sen.) Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. Instead of crushing the virus, they're trying to crush the Affordable Care Act—and its protections for preexisting conditions.'
During her speech, Clinton warned voters not to let 2020 be a 'coulda shoulda woulda election' and said people still come up to her they wish they had not voted for her 2016 rival.
Clinton told convention viewers people come to her to justify their votes for Trump or express that they didn't cast a ballot.
'For four years, people have said to me, 'I didn't realize how dangerous he was.' 'I wish I could go back and do it over.' Or worst, 'I should have voted,' Clinton said.
Hillary Clinton, with Joe Biden in the background, campaigning in Scranton. She will speak Wednesday about the 2016 election, saying people still approach her to say the didn't know 'how dangerous' Donald Trump was when they voted for him
'Well, this can't be another woulda coulda shoulda election. If you vote by mail, request your ballot now, and send it back as soon as you can,' she continues. 'If you vote in person, do it early. Bring a friend and wear a mask. Become a poll worker. Most of all, no matter what, vote. Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are.'
Clinton, speaking a night after her husband Bill Clinton gave a 5-minute video address, echoed a theme of the convention: Trump 'is who he is.' She is resurrecting a withering line by former first lady Michelle Obama, who also included a similar line in her well-received speech, after Trump used the phrase while explaining the thousands of coronavirus deaths in the country during the pandemic.
'I wish Donald Trump had been a better president. But, sadly, he is who he is. America needs a president who shows the same compassion, determination, and leadership in the White House that we see in our communities,' Clinton said.
'For four years, people have said to me, 'I didn't realize how dangerous he was.' 'I wish I could go back and do it over,' Clinton will say
Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a portrait unveiling ceremony for retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in Russell Building's Kennedy Caucus Room, December 08, 2016
'Throughout this crisis, Americans have kept going – checking on neighbors, showing up to jobs as first responders and in hospitals, grocery stores, and nursing homes. Because it still takes a village,' she said, quoting her own book.
The ex-candidate who spoke of the highest 'glass ceiling' throughout her 2016 campaign also invoked the historic fight for the vote by women – at a time when Biden holds a big edge over Trump with women but trails among men.
Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party nomination as their candidate for president on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 28, 2016
In this image from video, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles after the roll call vote during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
'100 years ago yesterday, the 19th Amendment was ratified. It took seven decades of suffragists marching, picketing, and going to jail to push us closer to a more perfect union. 55 years ago, John Lewis marched and bled in Selma because that work was unfinished,' she said.
Now it is Biden running mate California Sen. Kamala Harris who is positioned as the female politician with the perhaps the best chance of reaching Clinton's unfulfilled White House dream.
'There's a lot of heartbreak in America right now – and the truth is, many things were broken before the pandemic. But, as the saying goes, the world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places. Joe Biden knows how to heal, unify, and lead, because he's done all of that for his family and his country.'
READ HILLARY CLINTON'S FULL CONVENTION SPEECH
After the last election, I said, 'We owe Donald Trump an open mind and the chance to lead.' I really meant it. Every president deserves that. And Trump walked into the Oval Office with so much set up for him: A strong economy. Plans for managing crises—like a pandemic.
Yes, we Democrats would have disagreed with him on many, many things. But if he had put his own interests and ego aside—if he could have seen the humanity in a child ripped from her parents at the border or a protester calling for justice or a family whose home was destroyed by a wildfire who happened to live in a blue state—if he had even tried to govern well and lead us all—he might have proved us wrong. And that would have been a good thing, for America and the world.
I wish Donald Trump had been a better president. Because America needs a better president than this.
America needs a president who shows the same compassion, determination, and leadership in the White House that we see in our communities. Throughout this crisis, Americans have kept going—checking on neighbors, showing up to jobs at grocery stores and nursing homes. Because it still takes a village.
We need leaders equal to this moment. We need Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Everyone has a story about Joe's thoughtfulness and empathy. I remember him calling after my mother, Dorothy, died. We talked about being raised by strong, no-nonsense women. When I walked with him through the house where he grew up in Scranton, he remembered every detail—about the house, the neighborhood, the people who lived there, and the values they shared. There is no better testament to Joe's character than his family—including his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who has said she will keep her teaching job as First Lady. That's outstanding.
And boy, did Joe, pick the right partner in Kamala Harris—another daughter of an extraordinary mother. Kamala is relentless in the pursuit of justice, and uncommonly kind. When her press secretary Tyrone Gayle, a remarkable young man who had also worked on my campaign, was dying of cancer, she dropped everything to be with him in his final moments. Because that's who she is.
I know a thing or two about the slings and arrows coming her way. Kamala can handle them all.
This is the team to pull our nation back from the brink and build back better. But they can't do it
without all of us.
For four years, people have said to me, 'I didn't realize how dangerous he was.' 'I wish I could go back and do it over.' 'I should have voted.' This can't be another woulda-coulda-shoulda election. If you're voting by mail, request your ballot now, and send it back as soon as you can. If you vote in person, do it early. Bring a friend and wear a mask. Become a poll worker.
Most of all, no matter what, vote. And convince everyone you know to vote.
Remember in 2016 when Trump asked: 'What do you have to lose?' Well, now we know: our health, our jobs, even our lives. Our leadership in the world and, yes, our post office. As Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders warned us on Monday: If Trump is re-elected, it will get even worse. My friends, we need unity now more than ever.
But let's set our sights higher than getting one man out of the White House. Let's vote for the jobs Joe will create, and for emergency relief that lifts small businesses and hardworking people. Because it's wrong that the wealthiest Americans got $400 billion richer during the pandemic while 40 million people lost their jobs.
Vote for parents struggling to balance their child's education and their safety. And for health care workers fighting COVID-19 with no help from the White House. Vote for paid family leave and health care for everyone. Vote to protect Social Security, Medicare, reproductive rights, and our planet.
Vote for DREAMers and their families. For law enforcement that serves and respects communities of color. Vote for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, because Black Lives Matter.
Vote to make sure we—not a foreign adversary—choose our president.
Vote for the America we saw in the roll call last night: diverse, compassionate, full of energy and hope. Vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line, because they are.
Remember: Joe and Kamala can win 3 million more votes and still lose. Take. It. From. Mich. We need numbers so overwhelming Trump can't sneak or steal his way to victory. So text VOTE to 30330 and let's go win.
One hundred years ago yesterday, the 19th Amendment was ratified. It took seven decades of suffragists marching, picketing, and going to jail to push us closer to that more perfect union. Fifty-five years ago, John Lewis marched and bled in Selma because that work was unfinished.
Tonight I am thinking of the girls and boys who see themselves in America's future because of Kamala Harris—a Black woman, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, and our nominee for Vice President of the United States. This is our country's story: breaking down barriers and expanding the circle of possibility.
So to all the young people: Don't give up on America. Despite our flaws and problems, we have come so far. And we can still be a more just and equal country, full of opportunities previous generations could never have imagined.
There's a lot of heartbreak in America right now—and the truth is, many things were broken before the pandemic. But, as the saying goes, the world breaks everyone at one point or another, and afterward, many are stronger in the broken places. Joe Biden knows how to heal, because he's done it himself.
So come November, we will be strong together. We will heal together. We will redeem the soul and promise of this country together. We will elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris—together.
KAMALA HARRIS'S FULL SPEECH TO THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
It is truly an honor to be speaking with you.
That I am here tonight is a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. Und wir feiern die Frauen, die für dieses Recht gekämpft haben.
Yet so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification.
Aber sie ließen sich nicht abschrecken.
Without fanfare or recognition, they organized, testified, rallied, marched, and fought—not just for their vote, but for a seat at the table. These women and the generations that followed worked to make democracy and opportunity real in the lives of all of us who followed.
They paved the way for the trailblazing leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
And these women inspired us to pick up the torch, and fight on.
Women like Mary Church Terrell and Mary McCleod Bethune. Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley and Shirley Chisholm.
We're not often taught their stories. But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders.
There's another woman, whose name isn't known, whose story isn't shared. Another woman whose shoulders I stand on. And that's my mother—Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
She came here from India at age 19 to pursue her dream of curing cancer. At the University of California Berkeley, she met my father, Donald Harris—who had come from Jamaica to study economics.
They fell in love in that most American way—while marching together for justice in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
In the streets of Oakland and Berkeley, I got a stroller's-eye view of people getting into what the great John Lewis called "good trouble."
When I was 5, my parents split and my mother raised us mostly on her own. Like so many mothers, she worked around the clock to make it work—packing lunches before we woke up— and paying bills after we went to bed. Helping us with homework at the kitchen table—and shuttling us to church for choir practice.
She made it look easy, though I know it never was.
My mother instilled in my sister, Maya, and me the values that would chart the course of our lives.
She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage.
She taught us to put family first—the family you're born into and the family you choose.
Family, is my husband Doug, who I met on a blind date set up by my best friend. Family is our beautiful children, Cole and Ella, who as you just heard, call me Momala. Family is my sister. Family is my best friend, my nieces and my godchildren. Family is my uncles, my aunts—my chitthis. Family is Mrs. Shelton—my second mother who lived two doors down and helped raise me. Family is my beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha…our Divine 9…and my HBCU brothers and sisters. Family is the friends I turned to when my mother—the most important person in my life—passed away from cancer.
And even as she taught us to keep our family at the center of our world, she also pushed us to see a world beyond ourselves.
She taught us to be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people. To believe public service is a noble cause and the fight for justice is a shared responsibility.
That led me to become a lawyer, a District Attorney, Attorney General, and a United States Senator.
And at every step of the way, I've been guided by the words I spoke from the first time I stood in a courtroom: Kamala Harris, For the People.
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.
My mother taught me that serving others gives meaning and purpose to life. And oh, how I wish she were here tonight but I know she's looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman—all of five feet tall—who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.
On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now speaking these words: I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America.
I do so, committed to the values she taught me. To the Word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight. And to a vision passed on through generations of Americans—one that Joe Biden shares. A vision of our nation as a Beloved Community—where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love.
A country where we may not agree on every detail, but we are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect.
A country where we look out for one another, where we rise and fall as one, where we face our challenges, and celebrate our triumphs—together.
Today… that country feels distant.
Donald Trump's failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods.
If you're a parent struggling with your child's remote learning, or you're a teacher struggling on the other side of that screen, you know that what we're doing right now isn't working.
And we are a nation that's grieving. Grieving the loss of life, the loss of jobs, the loss of opportunities, the loss of normalcy. And yes, the loss of certainty.
And while this virus touches us all, let's be honest, it is not an equal opportunity offender. Black, Latino and Indigenous people are suffering and dying disproportionately.
This is not a coincidence. It is the effect of structural racism.
Of inequities in education and technology, health care and housing, job security and transportation.
The injustice in reproductive and maternal health care. In the excessive use of force by police. And in our broader criminal justice system.
This virus has no eyes, and yet it knows exactly how we see each other—and how we treat each other.
And let's be clear—there is no vaccine for racism. We've gotta do the work.
For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. For our children. For all of us.
We've gotta do the work to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law. Because, none of us are free…until all of us are free…
We're at an inflection point.
The constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone.
Das ist viel.
And here's the thing: We can do better and deserve so much more.
We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work. A president who will bring all of us together—Black, White, Latino, Asian, Indigenous—to achieve the future we collectively want.
We must elect Joe Biden.
I knew Joe as Vice President. I knew Joe on the campaign trail. But I first got to know Joe as the father of my friend.
Joe's son, Beau, and I served as Attorneys General of our states, Delaware and California. During the Great Recession, we spoke on the phone nearly every day, working together to win back billions of dollars for homeowners from the big banks that foreclosed on people's homes.
And Beau and I would talk about his family.
How, as a single father, Joe would spend 4 hours every day riding the train back and forth from Wilmington to Washington. Beau and Hunter got to have breakfast every morning with their dad. They went to sleep every night with the sound of his voice reading bedtime stories. And while they endured an unspeakable loss, these two little boys Always knew that they were deeply, unconditionally loved.
And what also moved me about Joe is the work he did, as he went back and forth. This is the leader who wrote the Violence Against Women Act—and enacted the Assault Weapons Ban. Who, as Vice President, implemented The Recovery Act, which brought our country back from The Great Recession. He championed The Affordable Care Act, protecting millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. Who spent decades promoting American values and interests around the world, standing up with our allies and standing up to our adversaries.
Right now, we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons.
Joe will be a president who turns our challenges into purpose.
Joe will bring us together to build an economy that doesn't leave anyone behind. Where a good-paying job is the floor, not the ceiling.
Joe will bring us together to end this pandemic and make sure that we are prepared for the next one.
Joe will bring us together to squarely face and dismantle racial injustice, furthering the work of
Joe and I believe that we can build that Beloved Community, one that is strong and decent, just and kind. One in which we all can see ourselves.
That's the vision that our parents and grandparents fought for. The vision that made my own life possible. The vision that makes the American promise—for all its complexities and imperfections—a promise worth fighting for.
Make no mistake, the road ahead will not be not easy. We will stumble. We can come up short. But I promise you that we will act boldly and face our challenges honestly. We will speak truths. And we will act with the same faith in you that we ask you to place in us.
We believe that our country—all of us, will stand together for a better future. We already are.
We see it in the doctors, the nurses, the home health care workers and the frontline workers who are risking their lives to save people they've never met.
We see it in the teachers and truck drivers, the factory workers and farmers, the postal workers and the Poll workers, all putting their own safety on the line to help us get through this pandemic.
And we see it in so many of you who are working, not just to get us through our current crises, but to somewhere better.
There's something happening, all across the country.
It's not about Joe or me.
It's about you.
It's about us. People of all ages and colors and creeds who are, yes, taking to the streets, and also persuading our family members, rallying our friends, organizing our neighbors, and getting out the vote.
And we've shown that, when we vote, we expand access to health care, expand access to the ballot box, and ensure that more working families can make a decent living.
I'm inspired by a new generation of leadership. You are pushing us to realize the ideals of our nation, pushing us to live the values we share: decency and fairness, justice and love.
You are the patriots who remind us that to love our country is to fight for the ideals of our country.
In this election, we have a chance to change the course of history. We're all in this fight.
You, me, and Joe—together.
What an awesome responsibility. What an awesome privilege.
So, let's fight with conviction. Let's fight with hope. Let's fight with confidence in ourselves, and a commitment to each other. To the America we know is possible. The America, we love.
Years from now, this moment will have passed. And our children and our grandchildren will look in our eyes and ask us: Where were you when the stakes were so high?
They will ask us, what was it like?
And we will tell them. We will tell them, not just how we felt.
We will tell them what we did.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.
READ NANCY PELOSI'S FULL SPEECH TO THE DNC
Good evening. As Speaker of the House, it is my honor to bring you the greetings of the Democrats of the House—the most diverse majority in history: more than 60 percent women, people of color, and LGBTQ.
This month, as America marks the centennial of women finally winning the right to vote, we do so with 105 women in the House of Representatives. Proudly, 90 are Democrats.
To win the vote, for three quarters of a century, women marched and fought and never gave in. We stand on their shoulders—charged with carrying forward the unfinished work of our nation advanced by heroes from Seneca Falls, to Selma, to Stonewall.
Four years ago, when we came together, President Obama and Vice President Biden were in the White House. They made us proud—and their leadership made our country great. In that spirit, we come together again, not to decry the darkness, but to light a way forward for our country.
That is the guiding purpose of House Democrats. We are fighting for the people. We have sent the GOP Senate landmark bills for:
● Lower health costs by lowering prescription drug prices
● Bigger paychecks by rebuilding America's infrastructure
● Cleaner government by saving voting rights in the name of John Lewis—and saving lives by enacting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
We have sent the Senate bills to protect our dreamers, to advance LGBTQ equality, to prevent gun violence, to preserve our planet for future generations, and even more.
All of this is possible for America. Who is standing in the way? Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.
Our nation faces the worst health and economic catastrophe in our history: more than 5 million Americans are infected by the coronavirus. Over 170,000 have died. The serious, science based action in the Heroes Act we sent the Senate three months ago is essential to safeguard lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy.
And who is standing in the way? Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. Instead of crushing the virus, they're trying to crush the Affordable Care Act—and its protections for preexisting conditions!
As Speaker, I've seen firsthand Donald Trump's disrespect for facts, for working families, and for women in particular—disrespect written into his policies toward our health and our rights, not just his conduct. But we know what he doesn't: that when women succeed, America succeeds. And so we are unleashing the full power of women to take their rightful place in every part of our national life by:
• Championing a woman's right to choose and defending Roe v. Wade
• Securing an historic guarantee for child care that is safe and affordable
• Preserving Social Security and passing equal pay for equal work!
Who is standing in the way? Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.
So here is our answer: we will see them in November.
We will elect President Biden—whose heart is full of love for America—and rid the country of Trump's heartless disregard for America's goodness. Joe Biden's faith in God gives him the courage to lead. Jill Biden's love gives him the strength to persevere.
Joe Biden is the President we need right now: battle-tested, forward-looking, honest and authentic. He has never forgotten where he comes from and who he fights for. Joe Biden will build a fairer America that works for all, not just the few—and a stronger America respected around the world.
And Kamala Harris is the Vice President we need right now—committed to our Constitution, brilliant in defending it, and a witness to the women of this nation that their voices will be heard.
Our mission and our pledge is to fight for a future equal to the ideals of our founders, our hopes for our children, and the sacrifices of our veterans, our brave men and women in uniform—and their families.
We will increase our majority in the House;
We will win a Democratic Senate;
We will elect Kamala Harris vice president and Joe Biden president of the United States of America.
God bless each of you and God bless America.
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