In her acceptance speech after being nominated as vice presidential candidate of Democrats, Kamala Harris said, “Donald Trump‘s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods. We’re at an inflection point. Harris alleged that Trump has failed as a leader.
The nomination is the latest in a lifetime of firsts for the 55-year-old daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother who were immigrants to the United States.
Harris was the first black attorney general of California, the first woman to hold the post, and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.
Shortly before Harris spoke, America’s first black president, Barack Obama, delivered his own condemnation of Trump, and appealed for Biden’s election.
Obama said that on handing over the White House to Trump in 2017, he thought the Republican “might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did,” Obama said.
As a result, Trump has left America’s “worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,” Obama said.
Former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who narrowly lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, pleaded with voters to take nothing for granted in another tight contest.
However, much focus was on Barack Obama, who remains a giant force in the Democratic establishment. Although he took a back seat during the Democratic primaries, he is now campaigning hard for Biden. Two other former presidents, 95-year-old Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, 74, called the Trump White House “a storm center.”
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Meanwhile, the Republican Party is to hold its virtual convention next week and nominate Trump to serve four more years. Trump has chosen the White House South Lawn as the location for his acceptance speech — a controversial decision given that presidents are legally required to separate their campaigning from taxpayer-funded governing.