Hours after Democrats put the first woman in history at the top of a major political party’s ticket, Donald Trump was in a news conference, publicly inviting a foreign adversary to conduct cyberespionage into Hillary Clinton’s email.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Donald J. Trump said. It was unprecedented, shocking, and put Republicans in a difficult spot, as they desperately grapple to regain the White House, with the bombastic, unpredictable businessman at the top of the party’s ticket.
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Democrats continued their well-choreographed convention, with a procession of accomplished lawmakers and others taking the stage to build support for Clinton.
The highlight, by far, was President Barack Obama, who took the stage to defend America and champion Clinton.
“Even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect. And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits,” Obama said. “That’s the Hillary I know.”
He urged Democrats to come together, to rally behind Clinton, reaching out to party idealists who had aligned themselves with Sen. Bernie Sanders.
If you’re serious about our democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’ It’s about ‘yes we can.’ And we’re going to carry Hillary to victory this fall, because that’s what the moment demands.
President Barack Obama
There is one more day in the Democrats’ convention. And 103 days until the polls open across the nation.
From the convention stage
▪ For women, Hillary Clinton’s nomination was 240 years in the making.
▪ Democrats are messing with your mind at this convention. Republicans last week did, too.
▪ Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, whose son is about to deploy overseas, delivered his first speech as nominee. “I trust Hillary Clinton with our son's life. You know who I don't trust? Donald Trump.”
▪ Joe Biden delivered an impassioned appeal to the middle class and a takedown of Trump. "It's never, never, never been a good bet to bet against America."
▪ California Gov. Jerry Brown: “I say Trump lies ... I say Trump is a fraud.”
▪ Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman who served as New York City’s Republican mayor for 12 years, came to the convention to support Hillary Clinton. “We must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue,” he said, in his speech. In 10 minutes, questioned Trump’s business acumen, his wealth – and his sanity.
I’m from New York. I know a con when I see it.
Michael Bloomberg, billionaire businessman and former Republican NYC mayor, speaking at the Democratic convention
▪ The Congressional Black Caucus asked: Do you want a secretary of state, or do you want a secretary of hate?
▪ Gabby Giffords: “Strong women get things done.”
▪ Leon Panetta: “This is no time to gamble with our future.”
From the leaks
▪ The DNC hack is just the latest battle in a growing cyberwar.
▪ Heads may need to roll at DNC, ex-chairman says.
One big read
▪ The AMA: Donald Trump took to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything. He mostly answered nothing.
▪ Also on Reddit: A scathingly detailed answer to the inquiry: ‘Tell me why Trump is a fascist.’
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