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Before President Trump formally accepted his party’s nomination Thursday, his Democratic rivals accused him of overseeing a convention detached from the realities of a nation buffeted by economic, health and social crises.
"The Republican convention is designed for one purpose, to soothe Donald Trump's ego, to make him feel good," said California Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, in a speech delivered from a university auditorium in Washington, D.C.
As Republicans at their convention largely downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 180,000 people in the U.S., Harris argued that Trump’s failure to address the health emergency more aggressively is emblematic of a tweet-driven presidency.
“Here's what you have to understand about the nature of a pandemic: It's relentless. You can't stop it with the tweet," she said. “Instead of rising to meet the most difficult moment of his presidency, Donald Trump froze. He was scared. And he was petty and vindictive."
In two cable television interviews on Thursday, Biden accused Trump of trying to capitalize on the unrest in Kenosha, Wis., following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was struck in the back seven times. In an interview on MSNBC, Biden said he believed Trump is "rooting for more violence, not less.”
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