With a Message of Unity, DNC Kicks Off Historic Virtual Convention

August 18, 2020 by Gracie Kreth
With a Message of Unity, DNC Kicks Off Historic Virtual Convention
In this screenshot from the DNCC's livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, actress and activist Eva Longoria speaks with athlete Megan Rapinoe during the virtual convention on Aug. 17, 2020. (DNCC/Getty Images/TNS)

The Democratic National Committee kicked off the first day of its virtual convention Monday night. Featuring speakers from both sides of the aisle, the program attempted to convey a message of unity and inclusiveness. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama headlined the program with a 20-minute-long speech endorsing Joe Biden and encouraging voting.

“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” said Obama. “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. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us.”

Amid the program delivering a message of unity, Obama spoke clearly and bluntly to viewers. Encouraging people to vote, she pressed people to register now, request mail-in ballots, and be prepared to stand in line at the polls all night long if that’s what it takes.


“Now, I understand that my message won’t be heard by some people: We live in a nation that is deeply divided, and I am a Black woman speaking at the Democratic convention,” Obama said. “But enough of you know me by now. You know that I tell you exactly what I’m feeling. You know I hate politics. But you also know that I care about this nation. You know how much I care about all of our children.”

Following this unity message, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and former Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, spoke. 

Sanders, a presidential frontrunner early in the primaries this year, called for an “unprecedented response — a movement, like never before, of people who are prepared to stand up and fight for democracy and decency — and against greed, oligarchy and authoritarianism … My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine.”


Positioned at a crossroads, Kasich, on the other hand, appealed to voters hesitant to cross party lines.

“I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country,” Kasich said. “That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times.”

The convention also included speeches from Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto D-Nev. and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich.

Monday’s program, hosted by actress Eva Longoria, featured speeches from George Floyd’s brother and father, as well as Californian Kristin Urquiza, whose father died from the COVID-19.

“My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life,” she said.


Singers Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges and Billy Porter performed.

On the second night of the convention, former President Bill Clinton, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to speak.

A+
a-

In The News

Health

Voting

2020 Elections

November 1, 2022
by Dan McCue
Justices Reject Graham Bid to Block Georgia Testimony

WASHINGTON — Just hours after Chief Justice John Roberts handed former President Donald Trump a temporary victory in one of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just hours after Chief Justice John Roberts handed former President Donald Trump a temporary victory in one of his legal battles, a member of Trump’s inner circle on Tuesday found the high court far less accommodating. In an unsigned, two-paragraph order, the Supreme Court... Read More

Jan. 6 Hearing Promises 'Surprising' Details Before Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee is set to unveil “surprising” details including evidence from Donald Trump’s Secret Service about... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee is set to unveil “surprising” details including evidence from Donald Trump’s Secret Service about the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol in what is likely to be its last public hearing before the November midterm elections. The hearing Thursday afternoon, the 10th public... Read More

September 23, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
State Attorneys General Face Ethics Complaint for Supporting Trump’s Election Fraud Claims

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s mounting legal problems are spreading this week to pull in state attorneys general who supported him... Read More

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s mounting legal problems are spreading this week to pull in state attorneys general who supported him in his failed effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The legal watchdog group The 65 Project filed complaints against 15 state attorneys general Wednesday to... Read More

August 16, 2022
by Dan McCue
AG to Appoint Election Monitor to Oversee Upcoming New Hampshire Primary

CONCORD, N.H. — State Attorney General John Formella announced Tuesday that he will appoint an election monitor to oversee the... Read More

CONCORD, N.H. — State Attorney General John Formella announced Tuesday that he will appoint an election monitor to oversee the state’s Sept. 13 primary elections after an investigation revealed a pattern of apparent mistakes made in past contests. The events that led to the decision mostly... Read More

Giuliani Targeted in Criminal Probe of 2020 Election

ATLANTA (AP) — Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation into possible illegal attempts by then-President Donald Trump and others... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation into possible illegal attempts by then-President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia, prosecutors informed attorneys for the former New York mayor on Monday. The revelation that Giuliani, an outspoken... Read More

July 15, 2022
by Dan McCue
Gmail Users Widely Pan Proposal to Let Political Ads Bypass Spam Filters

WASHINGTON — The ultimate verdict — a final decision by the Federal Election Commission — may not be out, but... Read More

WASHINGTON — The ultimate verdict — a final decision by the Federal Election Commission — may not be out, but a lengthy document released by the agency Thursday evening suggests a vast number of Gmail users are dead set against the tech giant allowing political ads... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top