On the third night of the Democratic National Convention, former President Barack Obama stood in Philadelphia, where the Constitution was written, to warn of a democracy under grave threat.
And California Sen. Kamala Harris’ night, became the first Black and South Asian woman to receive the Democratic vice presidential nomination.
Here are the highlights from the DNC’s third night:
- Barack Obama went for Trump like never before,
“I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.”
Of Trump and Republicans, Obama said:
“They know they can’t win you over with their policies so they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote and to convince you that your vote does not matter. That is how they win. That’s how our democracy withers. Until it’s no democracy at all and we cannot let that happen. Do not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy.”
- Hillary Clinton speaking from her living room in New York warned Democrats who may believe Biden’s current polling lead over Trump is insurmountable.
“Don’t forget: Joe and Kamala can win 3 million more votes and still lose. Take it from me. We need numbers so overwhelming Trump can’t sneak or steal his way to victory.”
- Kamala Harris said she wished her mother were alive to see her.
“She taught us to be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people. To believe public service is a noble cause and the fight for justice is a shared responsibility.”
Harris didn’t say much about Trump but she did preview some sharp lines that are likely to play out in the coming weeks.
“I know a predator when I see one. Right now, we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons.”
Harris also nodded to Black activists who paved the way for her:
“Women like Mary Church Terrell and Mary Mcleod Bethune. Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley and Shirley Chisholm…”
- The list of speakers Wednesday night was full of female Democratic leaders, from Clinton and the first woman to be speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The appearances fell in the same week as the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote through the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
- Gun violence, climate change, immigration, economic dislocation and child care were all part of the Dems policy plans, setting aside criticism of Trump’s personal behavior and focusing on troubles that preceded his election.
- A young woman whose mother was deported in 2018 — two years after her father, a Marine Corps veteran, voted for Trump. 11-year-old Estela Juarez said, reading from a letter she sent Trump,
“My dad thought you would protect military families so he voted for you in 2016, Mr. President. He says he won’t vote for you again after what you did to our family.”
- Former presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren said,
“I love a good plan, and Joe Biden has some really good plans
…plans to bring back union jobs in manufacturing and create new union jobs in clean energy. Plans to increase Social Security benefits, cancel billions in student loan debt, and make our bankruptcy laws work for families instead of the creditors who cheat them.”
“It’s time to recognize that childcare is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation. It’s infrastructure for families.”