- Democrats kicked off their digital nominating convention in the age of COVID-19, featuring a star-studded list of speakers scheduled to address a national, prime-time audience.
- Each night in the four-day event will feature a combination of two hours of pre-recorded video and two hours of live events in a convention that is like none before.
- The convention comes as the presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, leads President Donald Trump by double digits in many opinion polls. However, some polls have suggested the race is tightening.
- Democrats are turning up the heat on Trump regarding his attempts to cut funding for the US Postal Service as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout the country, making mail-in ballots necessary for a safe election.
Here are the latest updates:
Trump wrong president’: Michelle Obama at Democratic convention
Michelle Obama says Trump is the ‘wrong president’
Michelle Obama called out Trump’s failings while highlighting the decency of normal people and her own experience with Biden during her keynote address to the DNC.
Obama said the US needs a leader that can empathise with those who struggled financially or lost loved ones during the pandemic.
Biden, who has unexpectedly lost loved ones and knows what it’s like to sit “with an empty chair” at the dinner table, can do that, Obama said.
Trump, she said, “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 … It is what it is.”
Obama said that people must vote in record numbers to elect Biden, who will restore decency to the U
So if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: if you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election … We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
02:48 GMT – Sanders calls on supporters to back Biden
Senator Sanders began his plea for unity by thanking the “millions of people” who supported his campaign: “Our movement continues and is getting stronger every day … But if Donald Trumps is reelected all the gains we’ve made will be in jeopardy.”
Trump is leading the US “down the path of authoritarianism. This election is the most important in the modern history of this country … We need Joe Biden as our next president.”
While Sanders and Biden disagree on numerous issues, the senator cited Biden’s support of a $15 minimum wage, providing funds for universal pre-kindergarten childcare programmes, ending private prisons and others in invoking support.