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  • Writer's pictureH.D. Campbell

Democratic National Convention Day One: Highlights & Takeaways

Day one of the Democratic National Convention started off with a great opening with the Heart of America in mind.

The virtual event was hosted by actress Eva Longoria who also was key in both the Obama election and reelection campaign. In addition, George Floyd's brothers Rodney and Philonise spoke out about their brother George Floyd.

Philonise commented, "George was selfless. He always made sacrifices for his family, friends, and even complete strangers. George had a giving spirit. A spirit that has shown up on streets around our nation, and around the world—people of all races, all ages, all genders, all backgrounds—peacefully protesting in the name of love and unity."

In addition to speeches from Democratic mayors and governors, a lot of Biden's former rivals showed solidarity and spoke up on his behalf. Rivals like John Kasich and Amy Klobuchar spoke highly of Joe Biden and his policies. They didn't allow the past of being rivals allow them to get past what America needs. Corey Booker commented how after debates, how Biden would tell him how much he loved Booker's policies. There were similar stories from other rivals how Biden would call them and tell them how their policies would work even if they differed from his.

Bernie Sanders was one of the key speakers of the night who also praised Biden for his policies even though they both had two different ways of saving the country.

"We are facing the worst public health crisis in 100 years and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. We are confronting systemic racism and the enormous threat to our planet of climate change. And in the midst of all of this, we have a president who is not only incapable of addressing these crises but is leading us down the path of authoritarianism."

Michelle Obama, the final speaker of the night gave the best speech of the night. She talked about her disdain for the Trump presidency and cautioned people about what the next four years with him could do for America.

“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. 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. It is what it is.”

She continues to tell us to go high when our enemies go low.

"But let’s be clear: going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things when confronted by viciousness and cruelty. Going high means taking the harder path. It means scraping and clawing our way to that mountain top. Going high means standing fierce against hatred while remembering that we are one nation under God, and if we want to survive, we’ve got to find a way to live together and work together across our differences."

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