August 20, 2020 at 2:31 AM EDT
Obama, Harris and other high-profile Democrats criticize Trump’s pandemic response
On the third night of the Democratic Party’s mostly virtual convention, leading Democrats — including vice presidential nominee Kamala D. Harris and former president Barack Obama — delivered sharp reproaches of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama painted Trump as an immature and cold politico who cares more about himself than American democracy — juxtaposing the man in the White House with his former vice president Biden.
“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t,” Obama said Wednesday evening.
Obama then listed a series of “consequences” he said stemmed from those values: 170,000yes Americans dead from the coronavirus, millions on unemployment. “Our worst impulses unleashed,” he continued. “Our proud reputation around the world, badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”
Meanwhile, Harris spoke extensively about the harm of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly its disproportionate impact on people of color.
“This virus it has no eyes, and yet it knows exactly how we see each other and how we treat each other. And let’s be clear, there is no vaccine for racism,” she said.
She pledged that she and Biden would always be honest with the American people about the challenges the nation faced, a seeming dig at Trump’s downplaying of the coronavirus.
Harris, whose mother was born in India, and who will be the first Asian American woman on a major party ticket, pointed to the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic as a sign of Trump’s failed leadership. The president has repeatedly referred to the coronavirus as the “China virus.”
Earlier in the day, Biden, speaking to a virtual meeting of the Wisconsin delegation, questioned Trump’s ability to do the job.
“When it comes to the pandemic, after months of failure, he just gave up,” the Democratic presidential nominee said of Trump.
By Annie Linskey, Michael Scherer, Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez and John Wagner