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Yang, Louis-Dreyfus Riff on Pence's Name as DNC Wraps

And Joe Biden is now the official Democratic nominee
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2020 8:00 PM CDT
Updated Aug 20, 2020 11:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Democratic National Convention wrapped up Thursday night with Joe Biden formally accepting the party's nomination for president, ending four nights of appearances by such political VIPs as Barack and Michelle Obama, VP nominee Kamala Harris, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and many more urging people to vote for him. "Here and now I give you my word, if you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst," Biden said. "I’ll be an ally of the light, not our darkness. And make no mistake, we’ll overcome this season of darkness in America." The AP notes Biden kept his focus positive, in contrast to the dire warnings of what a second Trump term might look like that had been offered by some of the big names who spoke on other nights. More from the convention's final evening:

  • Biden's kids Hunter and Ashley made what Fox News calls a "rare" appearance; their speech was mostly a tribute to late brother Beau.
  • Even Sarah Cooper, the comedian whose lip sync impersonations of President Trump have gone viral, spoke: "Donald Trump doesn’t want any of us to vote because he knows he can’t win fair and square," she said.

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  • Former presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, and Michael Bloomberg all showed up to emphatically endorse Biden, with Buttigieg pointing out the former VP expressed support for same-sex marriage even before then-President Obama did. "Joe Biden is right, this is a contest for the soul of the nation. And to me that contest is not between good Americans and evil Americans,” Buttigieg said. "It’s the struggle to call out what is good for every American.”
  • "Last week, Donald Trump said 'our economy is doing good,' while 40 million Americans are at risk of losing their homes, 30 million aren’t getting enough food to eat and 5.4 million people have lost their health care because of this crisis," Booker said, per Fox Business. "He has failed us."
  • Per Fox News, Bloomberg had a similar message, saying Trump "has failed the American people catastrophically" and that we must not "rehire" Trump because it is time to "put an end to this whole sorry chapter in American history." Trump fired back on Twitter in real time: "After the worst debate performance in the history of politics, Michael Bloomberg, commonly known as Mini Mike, is trying to make a comeback by begging the Democrats for relevance. They treated him like a dog - and always will. Before politics, he said GREAT things about me!"
  • Yang said the country needs Biden to pull it out of the "deep, dark, hole" it's in thanks to Trump. Then, a lighthearted moment as he passed the baton to actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The two, apparently mocking those who are seemingly unable to pronounce Kamala Harris' first name correctly, bantered back and forth about how to pronounce Mike Pence's name. "It’s pronounced Pahnce, I believe," Yang said, prompting Louis-Dreyfus to shoot back, "Oh, some kind of weird foreign name?" Watch it here.
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who spoke ahead of a tribute to late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, said, "We know how important it is that we elect real leaders like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, people of honor and integrity, who hold justice close to their hearts and believe that the lives of my four black children matter."
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq veteran and one of the contenders Biden considered for VP, slammed Trump's handling of the US military. Americans "have a coward in chief who won't stand up to Vladimir Putin, read his daily intelligence briefings or even publicly admonish adversaries for reportedly putting bounties on our troops heads," she said, per the Hill.
  • For a taste of how this is the crowning achievement of Biden's long political career, read here.
  • As for Trump, he had this to say Thursday in Biden's birthplace of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was also back on Twitter soon after Biden's speech ended: "In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!" In earlier tweets, Trump contrasted himself as for "LAW AND ORDER" and Biden for "CRIME!" and continued his attacks on mail-in voting, claiming the Democrats are pushing it so they can cast fraudulent ballots and "STEAL" the election by sending ballots to people who "don't even exist." He added, "To get into the Democrat National Convention, you must have an ID card with a picture...Yet the Democrats refuse to do this when it come to your very important VOTE! Gee, I wonder WHY???"
  • Trump also gave an interview to Fox's Sean Hannity at the same time the DNC events kicked off; watch it here.
(Read more Democratic National Convention stories.)

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