Former president Bill Clinton, former secretary of state John Kerry, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) focused their speeches at the second day of the Democratic National Convention on attacking President Donald Trump.
Clinton blamed Trumps leadership for the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and pointed to statistics which suggest the United States has been hit harder than other nations.
“Donald Trump says were leading the world. Well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate triple. At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, its a storm center. Theres only chaos,” Clinton said.
Clinton, Kerry and Schumer were among a group of speakers who delivered pre-recorded remarks at the second day of the convention, which is being held virtually amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and former secretary of state Colin Powell likewise took swipes at Trump.
Democrats formally nominated Biden as their presidential candidate on Tuesday, months after all of the other candidates in the race endorsed the former vice president. Biden is scheduled to accept the nomination on Thursday.
Bidens supporters consistently report that theyre motivated more by opposition to Trump than excitement about Biden, a lifelong politician who would be the oldest president ever elected.
The Trump campaign responded to the second day of the convention by highlighting Bidens agenda.
“When they were counting the delegates tonight, somebody should have been totaling the $4 trillion in new taxes that Joe Biden would heap on Americans if elected,” Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director said in a statement.
“Another informative exercise would have been for each state delegation to announce how many jobs Bidens failed policies have killed in their communities, through high taxes and regulations, disastrous trade deals, and coddling of economic rivals like China.”