A television at Buck Bradley’s Saloon and Eatery shows former First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which will be a largely virtual event due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Unified Democrats memorialized those lost to the many evils of 2020 on day one of their national convention and then vilified who they believe who should be held responsible: President Donald Trump.

Speeches focused on the devastation of the pandemic and the economy and President Trump’s mishandling of both, but Democrats also cried out for racial justice, with D.C. Mayor bringing up her 2-year-old daughter as she overlooked the Black Lives Matter Plaza and George Floyd’s brothers leading a moment of silence. Part of that was smart politics, as Joe Biden’s widest margin over President Trump in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is race relations, a 24-point spread. Part of it, however, was appealing to Black residents who didn’t bother to vote in 2016.

Democrats also invited Republicans to cross over in a speech by John Kasich, the former Ohio governor who ran for the Republican nomination in 2016. Kasich said he was “deeply worried” about another four years from President Trump and endorsed Joe Biden. Infuriated Republicans ripped Kasich and called him a sore loser. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama closed the night with a blistering attack on President Trump, naming him “the wrong president for our country,” and called out for unity, justice, and action against the same evils Obama said they finally had a chance to mourn collectively. 

Day Two: Here’s a guide on how and what to watch tonight from the convention. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled John Kasich. It has been corrected.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Trump Whines About Michelle Obama’s Well-Received Convention Speech – Crooks and Liars – 8/18/2020
Tuesday morning, Trump showed irritation that Michelle Obama’s speech was so well-received by many outlets including Fox News pundits. 
During a press event this morning, he whined, bitched and complained as usual.

Michelle Obama Has a Raging Case of Trump Derangement Syndrome – Townhall – 8/18/2020
So I watched all two hours of the Democratic National Convention last night – primarily so you don’t have to. I consider it an act of public service. And folks, what a bunch of Debbie Downers these Democrats have become. No solutions. No vision. Only gloom, despair and agony. My takeaway? These people truly hate President Trump.

The Memo: Michelle Obama shines, scorching Trump – The Hill – 8/18/2020  
It was Michelle Obama’s night — again. The former first lady was the standout speaker, by some distance, on the first night of the Democratic National Convention Monday. Obama took the fight directly to President Trump in a pre-taped but emotive speech. She accused him of being “clearly in over his head” and being “the wrong president for our country.” 

Kushner says DNC politicians ‘complaining about problems’ they haven’t solved for years – Fox News – 8/18/2020
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Trump, slammed politicians at the 2020 Democratic National Convention for complaining about problems that Trump is solving in an interview with “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. Kushner, on the heels of Trump’s United Arab Emirates-Israel peace deal, called his father-in-law the “results president.”

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