Michelle Obama has launched a stinging attack on US President Donald Trump as Democrats prepared to crown Joe Biden as their White House challenger.
“Donald Trump is that the wrong president for our country,” said the previous US first lady in an emotional recorded message to the Democratic convention.
Disaffected members of Mr Trump’s Republican Party also piled in on him at the Democratic Party conference.
The election takes place on Tuesday 3 November.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, Democrats scrapped plans for a crowded party extravaganza with balloon drops and every one the opposite political razzmatazz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
But it’s unclear whether the largely virtual schedule of pre-recorded speeches with no live audience can generate an equivalent level of enthusiasm as pre-pandemic gatherings of the party faithful.
Republicans will face an equivalent challenge as they create their case for four more years within the White House at a drastically scaled-down convention next week.
What did Michelle Obama say?
Mrs Obama, who recorded her keynote speech before Mr Biden announced his campaigner , Senator Kamala Harris, six days ago, launched a blistering attack on Mr Trump.
“You simply cannot fake your way through this job,” she said in remarks that closed the primary night of the convention on Monday.
The headline speaker added: “Our economy is in shambles due to an epidemic that this president downplayed for too long.”
“Stating the straightforward incontrovertible fact that a black life matters remains met with derision from the nation’s highest office,” Mrs Obama continued.
“Because whenever we glance to the present White House for a few leadership, or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division and a complete and utter lack of empathy.”
She said the last four years had been difficult to elucidate to America’s children.
“They see our leaders labelling fellow citizens enemies of the state, while emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists.
“They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages and aerosol and rubber bullets are used on peaceful protests for a photograph op.”
Mrs Obama continued: “Donald Trump is that the wrong president for our country. He has had quite enough time to prove that he can do the work , but he’s clearly in over his head.
“He simply can’t be who we’d like him to be for us. it’s what it’s .”
She described Mr Biden as a “profoundly decent man”, touting the Democratic White House candidate’s experience as vice-president under her husband, President Barack Obama.
“We have gotten to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend upon it,” she said, wearing a necklace that said “Vote”.
An emotional punch
A lot of politicians spoke at the camera during the “virtual” Democratic convention on Monday night. the sole speaker who landed an emotional punch, however, was Michelle Obama.
The truth, she said, was that Donald Trump “simply can’t be who we’d like him to be for us”.
“It is what it’s ,” she said, employing an equivalent words the president recently used about the coronavirus price – a jab that was as subtle because it was devastating.
She wasn’t trying to convince Republicans to modify sides. That was John Kasich’s job.
She wasn’t trying to urge left-wing progressives to rally to Biden. Bernie Sanders handled that.
Mrs Obama was chatting with loyal Democrats, a number of whom may stayed reception or voted for a 3rd party in 2016, a number of whom could also be dispirited or scared this year.
Her goal was to drive home the gravity of the instant and to offer them a call to action.
What else happened on Monday?
The opening of the convention, a two-hour programme hosted by former Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria Baston, was titled by party organisers “We the People”.
John Kasich, a former Ohio governor who ran against Mr Trump in 2016, recorded a message calling on Americans to deny the president a second term in office.
Mr Kasich endorsed Mr Biden, saying: “We can all see what is going on on in our country today and every one the questions that face us, and nobody person or party has all the answers.
“But what we do know is that we will do better than what we’ve been seeing today, for sure.”
Bernie Sanders, the left-wing Vermont senator who was Mr Biden’s fiercest competitor during the Democratic party’s contest to select a challenger to Mr Trump, also recorded a message.
He said: “My friends, I tell you, and to everyone who supported other candidates during this primary and to those that may have voted for Donald Trump within the last election: the longer term of our democracy is at stake. the longer term of our economy is at stake. the longer term of our planet is at stake.”
He added: “Nero fiddled while Rome burned – Trump golfs.”
Source: bbc news