President Donald Trump said on Friday that where Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sees “American darkness,” he sees “American greatness.”
Concerned about his turn in the spotlight after the four days of the Democratic National Convention, Trump hits his opponent hard.
“Over the past week, Democrats have held the darkest, most anguished, and darkest convention in American history,” Trump said in a speech to the Republican Council for National Policy in Arlington, in Virginia. “They have spent four days in a row attacking America as a racist, a horrible country that must be redeemed. “
Trump, in his recent speeches, has drawn his own images of unrest and violence in American cities and has positioned himself as an advocate for law and order. Biden, in his acceptance speech on Thursday night, described Trump as someone who tries to divide Americans. “United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America,” Biden said.
Biden accepted the Democratic Party’s White House nomination Thursday, vowing to heal a United States battered by a deadly pandemic and divided by the Trump presidency.
“The current president has plunged America into obscurity for too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division, ”Biden said. “Here and now, I give you my word: if you give me the presidency, I will rely on the best of us, not the worst. ”
Describing the current moment as one of the most difficult times the country has ever known, Biden offered himself as a unifier who would work “just as hard” for those who do not support him – creating a stark contrast to Trump, which kept the focus on its electoral base.
Trump and the Democrats agreed on one thing. Just as Democrats repeatedly said Thursday night, Trump said, “The future of our country and even our civilization is at stake on November 3.”
He rebuked the Democrats, saying their convention neither addressed the Chinese threat nor brought security to the cities run by the Democrats. “Joe Biden has gravely declared an American season of darkness,” Trump said.
Republican National Convention
Vice President Mike Pence, interviewed Friday, said next week’s Republican National Convention will focus on what Trump has accomplished, including the economy and his response to the coronavirus.
Pence promised to focus heavily on Republican support for law and order, and said Democrats did not recognize the violence in some U.S. cities.
“We’re going to make sure Americans see the choice here,” Pence said.
Trump and Pence blamed the outbreaks of violence on a radical left, which they sought to associate with Biden and his running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris.
Trump made it clear after the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, and the protests that erupted across the country to call for changes in policing, that he sided with the forces of the United States. order.
Pence said on Friday: “We don’t have to make a choice between supporting law enforcement and supporting our African American families. We have done both since this administration began. We will continue to do both. ”
“Get ready to hear a lot about it next week,” he said.
Pence appeared on morning TV shows in the United States to counter the Democrats and promote the Republican point of view hours after the Democrats concluded their four-day convention. Biden and Harris accepted Democratic Party nominations for president and vice president, respectively.
Republicans plan to nominate Trump and Pence at their four-day celebration.
Pence promised a “big roster of leaders” next week with “a lot of voices from across the country to talk about what this president has done.”
Well-known speakers include Trump, Pence and First Lady Melania Trump.
Democrats argued at their convention that Trump was not fit to lead the country for another four years. Former President Barack Obama, a frequent target of Trump’s flanks, has warned that democracy itself is in danger under Trump.
Pence said: “I haven’t watched a lot of it and frankly I haven’t been able to watch a lot. There was so much negativity, just ad hominem attacks. “