The third night of the Democratic convention gathered several stars of the party on Wednesday, such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Kamala Harris, who was officially named running mate of Joe Biden. All urged voters to go to the polls in all elections in November to protect American democracy from a new mandate from Donald Trump.
A key word: participation. The Democratic Congress tried on the third evening, Wednesday 19 August, to mobilize the maximum number of voters on 3 November. It was by far the most successful evening, perhaps because the producers of this virtual conference, Pandemic Commitment, gradually took their ease. Maybe also because she has the field the largest number of stars in the party.
Barack Obama was undoubtedly the headline. The former US president decided to speak from a very symbolic place: the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, the city where the United States Constitution was written. With a serious face, he delivered a speech of unprecedented aggression against his successor.
“Donald Trump has not evolved with the function because he is incapable. And the consequences of this failure are serious,” he said. “170,000 dead Americans. Millions of jobs lost. Our worst impulses were released, our proud reputation around the world deteriorated severely and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.” According to Barack Obama, the Republican billionaire has used the presidency as “another reality show”.
Address the youngest
After singing the praises of White House suitor Joe Biden, his “brother,” Barack Obama urged Americans to go to mass rallies, vote as early as possible, and persuade family and friends to do the same. “Do not let them take away your democracy,” he asked.
The former president spoke in particular to young voters whose abstinence he fears: “You can give a new meaning to our democracy. You can improve it. (…) But all chances of success depend entirely on the outcome of this election. This administration has shown that it will tear our democracy to pieces and win if necessary. “
The evening was also marked by the official designation of the Democratic Party by Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate. She also lamented the 45-year-old president’s record: “Donald Trump’s lack of leadership has cost lives and lifestyles.” “We deserve much better!” She said.
But the California senator, the first woman of color to appear on a presidential ticket, accompanied her arrows with a message of hope. “When our children and grandchildren ask us, ‘Where were you when the stakes were so high?’ We are not just telling them how we felt. We will tell them what we did. “
“Silence is not an option”
For two hours, campaign clips followed each other to mobilize women, young people and minorities – a crucial choice for Joe Biden – on topics close to their hearts: gun violence, immigrants’ migrants, sexual violence, the climate crisis … “Silence is not an option and “We can not sit and do nothing this time. We must all vote as if our lives depend on it because it is a case,” pleaded Billie Eilish, the only 18-year-old singer who has become an idol for her generation.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate who was defeated by Donald Trump in 2016 despite winning the popular vote, insisted that her example serve as a lesson: “Remember that Joe and Kamala can beat Trump by three million votes in advance and still lose , I know something about it! “
Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat’s patron in the House of Representatives, went even further by pointing out the importance of the vote for the president but also for Congress. Otherwise, Joe Biden’s program could not be implemented. “We must increase our majority in the House and win the majority in the Senate,” she stressed.
On Thursday, the last night of the conference, Joe Biden will deliver his speech accepting the Democratic nomination. A longer exercise than usual and therefore risky for a sometimes inevitable candidate who has invested in discretion so far.