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Biden will blame Trump for COVID outbreak as Democrat convention opens tonight

Democrat Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, is expected to make the case that Donald Trump is responsible for continuing outbreaks of COVID-19 in the U.S. during his acceptance speech at the virtual Democrat Convention this week.  

The claim will be the key part of his speech.

“Donald Trump is responsible for the worst failure of presidential leadership in modern history and still to this day has yet to implement a national plan to control a virus that has killed over 160,000 and left millions of Americans out of work and fighting for their livelihoods,” said TJ Ducklo, Biden’s national press secretary, according to The Hill.

As the convention opens tonight, The Hill says speakers will also talk about racial justice, health care and the economy.

Tonight’s speakers feature big names like former first lady Michelle Obama, Biden rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R).  Kasich has been added to give the appearance that even Republicans are supporting Biden.

“The evening’s theme, ‘We the People,’ will focus on ‘Americans rising up to take our country back,’” says USA Today.

The convention will be held amongst the restrictions imposed by the government because of COVID, with limited live audiences. Biden will not be appearing live but will be in his home state of Delaware, where he has a video studio in his basement.

However, the campaign promises that he will give his acceptance speech from Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday.

His choice for vice president, Kamala Harris, will give an acceptance speech on Wednesday also in Delaware.

The remote convention will try to unify the fractious Democrats ahead of the November tilt under the banner “Uniting America.”

Both parties this year face the challenge of generating enthusiasm in a virtual setting for the first time. Typically, conventions generate energy for each ticket going into the election season, known as convention “bounce.”

The dissemination of positive images appearing from a convention, where party rank-and-file praise the candidate, greatly influence voters, who so far have not paid that much attention to the election.

“Democratic convention organizers have been working for months on ways to enliven a virtual convention,” says USA Today. “But it will be enormously difficult to conjure up the same kind of pizazz seen at an in-person gathering.”

“The good news is that people know me,” Biden often said on the stump during the pre-coronavirus stretch of the primary campaign. “The bad news is that people know me.”

Any surprises this week will be surprising from a guy Trump has tagged “Sleepy Joe,” thus perhaps doubly impactful.

But don’t expect Trump not to make an appearance, elbowing his way into the convention as only he can do.

“He will not want to cede ground in the publicity war for four days straight. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the Trump campaign is spending ‘high seven figures’ on an intensive digital ad campaign during the Democratic convention — including a banner ad on the YouTube homepage for 96 hours, beginning Tuesday,” says The Hill.

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