MICHELLE OBAMA, SANDERS RIP TRUMP IN DEMOCRATIC CONFAB
Former first lady Michelle Obama, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took turns in blasting US President Donald Trump on the first night of programming of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which was emceed by actress Eva Longoria, Maeve Reston, Gregory Krieg and Dan Merica wrote for CNN on August 18, 2020
Obama called Trump the “wrong” president for the United States and said the White House is failing to provide “steadiness” and instead is only delivering “chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy.” The former first lady urged Americans to go out in vote for Joe Biden in November like "our lives depend on it." Obama said: “Going high means taking the harder path. It means scraping and clawing our way to that mountaintop. 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.”
Sanders aimed to galvanize his followers to support Biden: The senator from Vermont offered his most forceful argument yet on behalf of former primary rival Joe Biden, beseeching his supporters to back the Democratic nominee in November or risk seeing “all the progress we have made” be thrown into doubt. He also urged Democrats to come together and "remove the most dangerous President in history," because "the price of failure is just too great to imagine."
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and a trio of other former top Republicans argued that the President has been a “disappointing” and “disturbing” failure. Kasich said he was “proud” of his Republican heritage, but that Trump’s first term “belies those principles.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one of Biden's earliest supporters, said the country's failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic is a "symptom" of a deeper rot in government and society. Those troubles didn't begin with President Donald Trump's rise, Cuomo said, but they have become worse during his time in office.
Following the governor's speech, Kristin Urquiza, a woman who lost her father to COVID-19, shared her dad's story and slammed Trump's coronavirus response. "Donald Trump may not have caused the coronavirus, but his dishonesty and his irresponsible actions made it so much worse," Urquiza said. "One of the last things that my father said to me was that he felt betrayed by the likes of Donald Trump. And so, when I cast my vote for Joe Biden, I will do it for my dad," Urquiza continued.