Democratic Delegates Blast Trump Over Handling Of Coronavirus Pandemic At Convention Kickoff Event

Aug 17, 2020

It’s the first day of the Democratic National Convention, originally expected to take place in person in Milwaukee. Now, numerous virtual events will unfold over the next four days.

The first was a virtual breakfast this morning for delegates, hosted by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Delegates and others are making the case for the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ticket by pointing to President Trump's handling of racial disparities and the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The unfolding crisis, more than 160,000 Americans dead, millions of people who’ve gotten sick, the combined crisis of the economic collapse that this has triggered. The educational collapse that this has triggered and the acute crisis of racism. And now, the unfolding crisis of democracy. All of these are at stake and so much more in this election,” says Ben Wikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin told participants it’s not all about why President Trump is bad for the country, but also why Biden is the right choice.

“Remember, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were elected president and vice president in the middle of a great recession and heralded in the longest sustained economic recovery in American history,” Baldwin says.

At the same time Democrats were talking up the Biden-Harris ticket, President Trump was getting ready for his trip to Wisconsin Monday afternoon. The Republican is scheduled to speak in Oshkosh at 4:30 p.m. The focus of his remarks will be “Joe Biden’s failures on jobs and the economy.”