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The third evening of the Democratic convention brought together several stars of the party on Wednesday, such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Kamala Harris who was officially appointed running mate of Joe Biden. All called on voters to go to the polls at all costs in November in order, according to them, to protect American democracy from a new mandate from Donald Trump.
A watchword: participation. The democratic convention tried, during its third evening, Wednesday August 19, to mobilize as many voters as possible on November 3. It was the most successful evening so far, perhaps because the producers of this virtual convention, pandemic oblige, gradually took their ease. Perhaps also because she has fielded the greatest number of stars in the party.
Barack Obama was undoubtedly the headliner. The former American president decided to speak from a highly symbolic place: the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, city where the Constitution of the United States was written. With a serious face, he made a speech of unprecedented aggression towards 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 Americans dead. Millions of jobs lost. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world severely degraded, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.” According to Barack Obama, the Republican billionaire has used the presidency as “one more reality show”.
Appeal to the youngest
After singing the praises of White House suitor Joe Biden, his “brother”, Barack Obama called on Americans to go to the polls en masse, vote as soon as possible and convince family and friends to do the same . “Don’t let them take away your democracy,” he pleaded.
The former president spoke particularly to young voters whose abstention he fears: “You can give a new meaning to our democracy. You can improve it. (…) But any chance of success depends 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 by the Democratic Party of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate. She too lamented the record of the 45th US president: “Donald Trump’s lack of leadership has cost lives and ways of life.” “We deserve a lot better!” She said.
But the Californian 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 won’t just tell them how we felt. We will tell them what we accomplished. “
“Silence is not an option”
For two hours, campaign clips followed one another to mobilize women, young people and minorities – a crucial electorate for Joe Biden – on subjects close to their hearts: gun violence, immigrant expulsions , sexual violence, the climate crisis … “Silence is not an option and we cannot sit around doing nothing this time. We all have to vote as if our lives depend on it, because it is the case, “pleaded Billie Eilish, the just 18-year-old singer who has become the idol of her generation.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate defeated by Donald Trump in 2016 despite winning the popular vote, insisted that her example serve as a lesson: “Remember, Joe and Kamala can beat Trump with three million votes in advance and lose anyway, I know something about it! “
Nancy Pelosi, patron of the Democrats 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 need to increase our majority in the House and win the majority in the Senate,” she implored.
Thursday, the last night of the convention, Joe Biden will deliver his speech accepting the Democratic nomination. A longer exercise than usual and therefore risky for a sometimes blundering candidate who has bet on discretion so far.