Day three of the conference also saw Kamala Harris formally accept the nomination as a running mate.
But it is the strength of former President Obama’s attack on Donald Trump that will send the Convention’s biggest shockwaves to date.
Traditionally, former presidents have been reluctant to criticize the current outgoing White House president, but Mr. Obama accused President Trump of having “no interest in treating the presidency as anything other than a reality show. more than he can use to get the attention he needs ”.
He said: “I am sitting in the Oval Office with the two men who are running for president. I didn’t expect my successor to embrace my vision or continue my policy.
“I was hoping, for the good 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 a certain reverence for the democracy that had been entrusted to him. .
“But he never did. He showed no interest in participating in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone other than himself and his friends; no point in treating the presidency like anything. but another reality TV show that he can use to get the attention he needs.
“Donald Trump has not become the profession because he cannot. And the consequences of this failure are serious. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs are disappearing. ”
“Our worst impulses have been unleashed, our proud reputation in the world has been severely diminished and our democratic institutions under threat like never before. ”
At Wednesday’s White House press conference, Mr. Trump described Obama’s presidency as “ineffective” and said the reason he was president was because Obama and Joe Biden “had made a so bad job ”.
“I see the horror he left us and the stupidity of the transactions he made,” he said.
“Look how bad he was, how ineffective he was, he was so ineffective, so terrible.
“Now President Obama hasn’t done a good job, and the reason I’m here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden. ”
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Mr. Obama’s remarks threatened to overshadow what is supposed to be the main event of the Democratic Convention today, the confirmation of Kamala Harris as a running mate.
She shared at the convention the vision she shares with Joe Biden for the future of the United States.
“A vision of our nation as a beloved community – where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from or who we love.
A country where we may not agree on all the details, but we are united by the fundamental belief that every human being has infinite worth, deserves compassion, dignity and respect. “