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‘Vote like lives depend on it’: Dems kick off convention with Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin -- Democrats opened their mostly virtual convention in Milwaukee Monday evening under the theme of unity, with speakers who represented both the party's progressive and traditional platforms.

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Usually, political conventions are painstakingly choreographed live productions that are planned years in advance. But the coronavirus pandemic has reduced the nominating celebration to a minimal footprint in Milwaukee.

Former first lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker of the first night, after remaining mostly on the sidelines throughout the 2020 political season. (You can watch her entire remarks in the video player at the top of this article.)

She warned that things could get worse under a second Donald Trump presidency, saying people should vote like their lives depend on it.

Mrs. Obama gave a passionate speech on the first night of the convention and addressed Trump directly.

She said, “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us.”

Mrs. Obama also added, “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can, and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former rival of presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden, also spoke on night one.

Sanders unleashed a scathing attack on Trump, suggesting that under him “authoritarianism has taken root in our country.”

The Vermont senator said Trump had proved incapable of controlling the coronavirus outbreak, coping with the economic fallout and addressing institutional racism in the United States and climate change threatening the globe.

“Nero fiddled while Rome burned,” Sanders said. “Trump golfs.”

Sanders, who finished second in the Democratic primary behind Biden, struck a more optimistic tone when he thanked supporters who voted for him in 2016 and 2020 for helping to move the country “in a bold, new direction.”

He called on his backers, as well as those who supported other 2020 Democratic primary contenders or Trump four years ago, to unite behind Biden.

Sanders says, “My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine.”

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    1. Yea tell them bernie. Tell them your demoKKKrat party is running for the right for MEN to have abortions. Joe said it best. Not a joke. But there you go comrade turner. You have the right for an abortion. Go for it. You deserve to be aborted.

      1. Child killer, Pedophile and Anti-America Convention. Triple threat of liberalism. Michael Obama speaking tonight. Was the theme song “Dude Looks Like a Lady”?

      2. markturner’s mother would have aborted him at birth but the problem is he doesn’t exist. You can’t abort a nobody. But abort Alberto mierda and all is solved. His psycho rants are getting tiresome but entertaining.

  1. Miss Turner I know you want Biden to win but his latest stunt lost him any hope. Due to mounting pressure for Biden to face tough questions from reporters he sat down for an interview with. ……Cardi B. Yes folks he faced tough questions from an active gang member, former stripper and now activist Cardi freaking B. This is not fake news, this is not propaganda, that is 100% real. The democratic candidate for president of our country sat down for an interview with Cardi B.

  2. Even the republicans are turning on the circus clown trump. He still has some supporters. The low IQ morons like nadodave and madmikes. Los tontitos. Mas pendejos.

    1. Wishful thinking again Alberto? You check the latest polls? Try Real Clear Politics your favorite hangout. President Trump is up 7 points over Biden in Texas. Biden’s national lead down to 4 points. President Trump’s approval rating now at 48%. Who’s the pendejo. LMAO.

  3. Party boy and pussy Grabber Johnnie Trump The Racist Pig will show his snout next week and invite KKK from Georgia, Nazis from Charlottesville, and Hypocrite Evangelicals to praise him. It will be quite the Hootenanny. So if you want to see the worst that America has to offer tune in to the Republikkan Convention next week folks.

    1. Sorry lady but the DNC already has that covered 10 fold. What a train wreck of America’s most corrupt politicians. A complete embarrassment. Our allies and our enemies are all laughing at America and the DNC right now. Licking their chops. Everyone scheduled to speak at the DNC this week should be removed by Homeland Security. They are all a threat to our country.

      1. Says the Russian bot trying to undermine our Democracy. Nice Try Putin. Have someone with some brains post something else besides the usual propaganda. Nothing Original about this dummy posting from Moscow. We’re on to your tricks Putin, and we are ready for you and your fake postings from mother Russia.

          1. Not right now. I’m busy reading you and your delusional love for the pussy Grabber and Bigot in Chief. If you can’t recognize Racism when you see it, then you are worse off than I thought.

          2. Weak reply comrade. Please consult with the agent sitting besides you to to come up with better propaganda points.

  4. People, do you want to vote for a Decent Man with Empathy for all Americans not just for the Rich and the Bigoted masses. Then it’s easy, just vote for Mr. BIDEN. If you want another 4 years of an Idiot who doesn’t know anything about governing or caring for the people that do not look like him then vote for Trump. You will regret it for the rest of your life, or maybe not. Maybe if he wins you will love it that your life revolves around Racism, hate, and a lack of empathy for others. That will be the story that you will leave for your children and grand children to regret.

    1. President Trump has never said anything racist. He has done more for ALL Americans than any President in recent history. Jobs not Mobs!!

      1. You will have to be reprogrammed after Mr. BIDEN becomes President. You will see that there is nothing original about yourself. Manchurian Candidate ring a bell comrade maga?

      2. MAGAturd, you don’t think Trump has ever said anything racist because you agree with all of the BS he spews. A self-righteous prick like you can’t recognize racism if it slaps you across the face.

  5. Hey Putin! Your Manchurian Candidate Trump sends his love to mother Russia. He is mad at you because you are not doing enough to help his failing candidacy. Looks like you’ve met your match in Mr. Biden this time!!

      1. You mean the tin foil hat in your closet that says MAGA. All yours buddy! Wear it well because after the elections you will have to throw it in the Recycle Bin.

    1. The only morons ranting and getting shriller are you and all of your psycho Alberto clones. How about those polls you like? They are tightening and inching up to favor President Trump. President Trump is up 7 points over crazy Joe in Texas. Biden’s national lead down to 4 points per the latest CNN poll. President Trump’s job rating now at 48% per Rasmussen. Checkout Real Clear Politics moron. LMAO.

  6. You mean the Nazis are getting SILLIER? That’s what the usual suspects are doing by saying *oh, look Trump is beating Biden on the latest polls!* What?? Oh, look Rasmussen poll shows Trump ahead! Third Rate poll Rasmussen is pro Trump, dummies. And if you really want to see a Three Ring Circus with Ringmaster Trump calling on Racists, Nazis, and other Vermin to Honor him and kiss his Ring, just tune in next Monday and have a good Laugh. BIDEN/HARRIS2020!!

  7. There is no way the American people will be fooled again by Con Man Trump. Way too many Republicans pissed at him for ruining their lives with his lack of Empathy, lack of common sense, and his Delusions of Grandeur. Fool me Once, shame on Me. Fool me Twice, shame on You. Republicans and Democrats together will bring down King Trump, so shame on you, Trump!

    1. Buy you are not American you nitwit. You are a communist like your buddy markturner. Republicans will be uniting and voting for President Trump moron. Biden is toast. McGovern 1972 all over again.

      1. You are showing your age, old man. Nitwit? What? Where you born during the Civil War? You old Ninny! No wonder you like Trump, you are stuck in the Racist 40s and 50s. Welcome to 2020, old Fart. BIDEN/HARRIS2020!!

        1. uxcrement you mean the Civil War we beat the shit of the demoKKKrats? That civil war? And we will beat you again in November. Michelle my belle didn’t even mention kama la la. Why is that?

          1. What? Another Racist Old Fart? Racism is an epidemic in 2020! Contact your doctor for a shot, you old Hillbilly.

      1. You couldn’t kick your own ass without breaking a hip. Old fart. Looks like Granpa mierDave got so mad he shit himself. Easy Granpa, change your diaper before you go anywhere.

  8. It’s easy to rile up the old fart racists when you tell them the TRUTH! Better not vote for Trump, granpa, he’ll cut your Social Security and you won’t be able to pay your Internet bill.

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