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Jill Biden shrugs off Trump attacks on Joe’s cognitive state

Jill Biden on Wednesday shrugged off President Donald Trump’s attacks on Joe Biden’s mental abilities, saying her husband is ‘totally engaged’ and the criticism was ‘ridiculous.’ 

‘I see Joe every single day. He’s writing speeches. He’s being briefed, making phone calls, he’s doing zoom constantly, he’s doing fundraisers. We go from nine in the morning till, gosh, 10, 11 at night I don’t see any of that,’ she said on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’ 

‘I mean, Joe is totally engaged and you know Joe, I mean he just, he loves it. He’s the, I guess, consummate politician,’ she added.

She told NBC’s Today show the attacks were ‘ridiculous.’ 

President Trump frequently questions Biden’s cognitive abilities, challenged him to take a cognitive test and has called himself a ‘very stable genius.’ In one of his favorite riffs to supporters at his campaign rallies, Trump pretends to be a lost Joe Biden trying to figure out what state he is in.

The president attacked Biden again on Tuesday night after Biden was formally nominated as the Democrats’ candidate to take on Trump in the November election.

Trump retweeted a person who posted the clip of Biden’s reaction upon receiving the nomination with the words: ‘Does he even know what is happening?’

Raheem Kassam posted slowed-down footage of Biden looking bemused during last night’s DNC proceedings which saw him formally crowned as Trump’s challenger. 

‘Does he even know what is happening?’, asked Kassam in a post accompanied by a the sound of crickets which Trump later shared to his 85 million followers. 

Tuesday night’s convention was about fulfilling its official business of formally naming its nominee and it also featured an address from Jill Biden, who introduced herself to voters.

She followed up on that with a series of appearances on the morning shows, where she was asked about Trump’s attacks on her husband. 

‘It’s ridiculous. Joe’s on the phone every single minute of the day,’ she told NBC’s ‘Today Show. ‘He doesn’t stop from 9:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night so that’s ridiculous.’  

 After the roll call of states resulted in Biden’s nomination Tuesday night, he and Jill were feted with confetti from daughter Ashley and their grandchildren Finnegan Biden, Hunter Biden, Natalie Biden, Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden.  

‘Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Thank you all. Means the world to me and my family. And I’ll see you on Thursday. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,’ Joe Biden said.  

Earlier this month, Biden said he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from Trump should do so and the president bragging his Democratic rival wouldn’t be able to beat his score.

‘No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?,’ Biden said in an interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

‘Come on man. That’s like saying, before you got in this program, you’re taking a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?,’ he added in a somewhat bizarre response.

Biden also mocked President Trump’s bragging about his score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a ten-minute test of cognitive abilities that includes a question where it has the taker identify an animal such as an elephant, lion or camel.

‘Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,’ he said.

Trump bragged he has ‘aced’ the cognitive test and has challenged Biden to take it. 

‘Joe should take that test, because something’s going on. And, and, I say this with respect. I mean — going to probably happen to all of us, right? You know? It’s going to happen,’ he told Fox News last month.

In an interview with ‘Fox News Sunday’ last month, host Chris Wallace told the president he also took the test and it wasn’t the ‘hardest.’  

‘Well, it’s not the hardest test,’ Wallace said. ‘They have a picture and it says, ‘What’s that?’ And it’s an elephant.’

But Trump argued the test gets harder further on.

‘Yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions,’ he said. ‘I’ll bet you couldn’t. They get very hard, the last five questions.’

Trump often brags about his mental prowess and has called himself a ‘very stable genius.’ 

Medical experts said the test does not measure a person’s IQ or intellectual abilities but is designed to flag the beginning of cognitive decline that could come with age or a medical condition such as Alzheimer’s or a stroke.

And the White House has not said why the president needed to take a test of his cognitive abilities. 

Trump and his campaign have pushed for questions of Biden’s mental abilities –  at age 77 Biden is three years old than Trump – but it’s the president who has faced health questions, particularly after his commencement speech at West Point in June where he had difficulty walking down a ramp and had to use two hands to lift a glass of water.

Bill Clinton directly attacked President Donald Trump as incapable of doing the job Tuesday night, accusing him of spending hours a day watching TV and playing around on social media instead of combating COVID.

‘If you want a president who defines the job is spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media, he’s your man,’ Clinton said during his speech on the second night of the Democratic National Convention. 

President Trump spends several hours a day in ‘executive time,’ as was revealed last year in a report on his private schedule. It’s rare to see an early morning event on his public schedule, which does not reflect all of a president’s activities. An early riser, Trump tweets several times a day, most days of the week. And many of those tweets refer to news stories that had aired recently on his favorite networks Fox News and OAN. 

Clinton, who spent eight years in the Oval Office in the 1990s, criticized the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, blaming Trump’s lack of action for the high infection rate in the United States, where 5.49 million have had the virus and more than 171,000 have died.

‘Denying, distracting, and demeaning works great if you’re trying to entertain and inflame. But in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards. COVID doesn’t respond to any of that. To beat it, you’ve got to go to work and deal with the facts,’ Clinton said.

Clinton was one of two former president to endorse Biden, with Jimmy Carter, 95, delivering an audio message with his wife Rosalynn saying: ‘Joe has the experience, character and decency to bring us together, to restore America’s greatness. We deserve a person with integrity.’

Clinton spoke just before Joe Biden was officially declared the Democratic candidate to take on Trump and on a night which saw another virtual event, with Jill Biden ending with a personal endorsement of her husband, presenting him as a man who will both feel and heal a nation’s pain. 

The party replaced the traditional roll-call with a virtual one from every state and territory, and also saw firebrand socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez given 60 seconds to formally nominate second-placed Bernie Sanders – which she pointedly did without mentioning Biden. 

And it rolled out endorsements of Biden by Colin Powell, George W. Bush’s secretary of state, Republican defense secretary Chuck Hagel, a retired USAF lieutenant general, and Marie Yovanovitch, the ambassador to Ukraine whose firing was part of the events which led to Trump’s impeachment. 

Clinton’s speech was a searing indictment of the current president and a pointed break with the post-presidential tradition of not attacking successors. But it was timed at just five minutes, and places early in the two-hour line-up meaning it did not feature on network television coverage.

The placement of one of the party’s most significant figures far down the running order of the night was a reflection of his status in the wake of the Me Too movement, and in particular his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, as well as his embrace of tough-on-crime policies and welfare crackdowns during his time in office.

Hours before he spoke DailyMail.com revealed pictures of him being given a massage during a trip on the so-called Lolita express by an Epstein rape victim – another reminder of his association with the dead pedophile.

 Speaking on the day before his 74th birthday from his home in Chappaqua, New York, where he has been on lockdown for months, Clinton made the response to the coronavirus the heart of his prosecution of Trump.

Voters give President Trump low marks for his handling of the pandemic. Clinton used the majority of his five minute speech to focus on Trump’s response to the global health emergency. 

‘When he didn’t like the expert advice he was given, he ignored it,’ Clinton said of Trump. ‘Only when COVID exploded and even more states that he encouraged people to wear masks. And then many more were dying.’

‘When asked about the surging deaths. He shrugged and said, it is what it is, but didn’t have to be this way,’ he added.

‘COVID hit us much harder than it had to.’

Clinton also called the Oval Office a ‘storm center’ under Trump’s tenure, attacking the president by name. And he will hit Trump where it hurts – his economic record. Trump likes to brag he created the best U.S. economy ever.

‘Donald Trump says we’re leading the world,’ Clinton said.

‘Well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate triple. At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it’s a storm center. There’s only chaos. Just one thing never changes – his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame. The buck never stops there,’ he added.

Left unsaid were parallels between the two presidents – both of them impeached, and both with questions over their private life and associations with Jeffrey Epstein – any mention of their former friendship, and any nod to its shattering when Trump ran against the former president’s wife Hillary.

Clinton then pivoted to Joe Biden, touting him as a ‘go-to-work president.’ 

‘Our party is united in offering you a very different choice: a go-to-work president. A down-to-earth, get-the-job-done guy. A man with a mission: to take responsibility, not shift the blame; concentrate, not distract; unite, not divide. Our choice is Joe Biden,’ he said.

He closed his pre-taped remarks by offering a stark contrast to voters in November.

‘You know what Donald Trump will do with four more years: blame, bully, and belittle. And you know what Joe Biden will do: build back better. It’s Trump’s ‘Us vs. Them’ America against Joe Biden’s America, where we all live and work together. It’s a clear choice. And the future of our country is riding on it,’ he concluded.

Clinton’s remarks aired after new pictures revealed Tuesday showed Clinton enjoying an intimate neck massage with a young Jeffrey Epstein victim in photographs obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.

The troubling pictures are an ill-timed reminder of Clinton’s links to Epstein as the former President, 72, prepared to endorse Biden at the Democratic convention. 

Leading Tuesday’s call-to-arms for voters was Bill Clinton, who has spoken at every Democratic convention since 1980. 

He memorably made the case for his wife Hillary Clinton in 2016 and for Barack Obama in 2012 – being so effective in his arguments Obama dubbed him ‘the secretary of ‘splaining stuff.’

But Clinton, who had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky when he was president and has been accused of sexual misconduct by other women, will be in the convention spotlight for the first time since the #MeToo movement has gripped the country. 

Clinton, who is three years younger than Joe Biden, also has ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison while awaiting trial on additional charges. The former president rode Epstein’s private jet in 2002 but had denied having a close relationship with him and said he knew nothing about Epstein’s behavior with young girls.

In the photos, Clinton sits comfortably and laughs as Chauntae Davies, then a 22-year-old massage therapist who acted as Epstein’s personal masseuse, rubs her hands into his shoulders to get out the kinks in his neck. 

The images were taken when Clinton was on a humanitarian trip with Epstein to Africa in September of 2002.    

Davies said Clinton was a ‘complete gentleman’ on the trip.

Davies, now in her early 40s, said of the massage pictures: ‘Although the image looks bizarre, President Clinton was a perfect gentleman during the trip and I saw absolutely no foul play involving him.’

She explained the massage happened when ‘we had a stop-over for the jet to refuel and while we were in the terminal the ex-President was complaining of stiffness from falling asleep in his chair.

The baggage Clinton carries and the party’s shift toward new leadership resulted in a limited role for the former president on Tuesday: he was allotted five minutes and his speech was pre-recorded at his home in Chappaqua, N.Y.   

Hillary Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, giving one of the few live addresses of the virtual convention.

Also speaking on Wednesday night are former President Barack Obama and Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris. 

 

Joe Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic Party presidential nominee Tuesday night, as the traditional roll call vote was done by video messages filmed all around the United States and territories.    

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania cast the Keystone State’s votes in front of Biden’s Scranton childhood home. 

While Sen. Bernie Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane Biden, in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced that state’s totals. 

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national figure when he condemned Donald Trump’s Muslim ban at the 2016 Democratic National Convention spoke on behalf of Virginia. 

‘He’s a decent compassionate man,’ Khan said of Biden. 

There were cameos from former Biden rivals: former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking from Indiana and Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaking from Minnesota and Rep. Tim Ryan speaking from Ohio. 

Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie cast their votes from an Iowa field, and asked for the country’s help after the recent series of storms to damage the state. 

Rep. John Lewis was kept alive starting with the first votes, Alabama’s, which Rep. Terri Sewell announced in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. 

Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser stood on a building overlooking Black Lives Matter Plaza, the last public place Lewis was photographed. 

While State Sen. Nikema Williams, running for Lewis’ Congressional district, spoke in front of a mural of the late congressman to cast Georgia’s votes for the nomination. 

Some delegates cast their votes in front of famous landmarks, like Rep. Dina Titus did at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada. 

While North Dakota’s delegate, Geraldine Waller, a meatpacking plant employee, was seemingly positioned in front of her house. 

‘They call us essential workers, but they treat us like expendable,’ she said, arguing Biden would treat workers better. 

Another essential worker, Scheena Iyane Tannis, represented New York, shouting ‘It’s Joe Time!’   

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Trump held his disastrous June 20 rally, party leader Alicia Andrews brought up the Tulsa race riots as she cast her state’s vote. 

College student Keely Sage cast Tennessee’s votes from the historic Hermitage Hotel, where suffragettes cheered 100 years ago Tuesday when the state got the 19th Amendment, allowing some American women the right to vote, over the line. 

The tour of the U.S. ended back in Delaware as Gov. John Carney and Sen. Tom Carper stood at Biden’s favorite Wilmington Amtrak station to make the former vice president’s nomination official. 

In the Wilmington school where Jill Biden would later speak, Joe Biden and Jill feted with confetti from daughter Ashley and their grandchildren Finnegan Biden, Hunter Biden, Natalie Biden, Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden.  

‘Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Thank you all. Means the world to me and my family. And I’ll see you on Thursday. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,’ Joe Biden said. 

Earlier, former President Bill Clinton backed Biden by taking on President Donald Trump, accusing him of spending ‘hours a day watching TV.’ 

Clinton called Trump’s Oval Office ‘chaos.’   

Also, progressive firebrand AOC had helped nominate Sanders, who came up short in delegates and endorsed Biden in April. 

‘In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep, systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment and lack of healthcare… out of a love of all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for President of the United States of America,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.

Two prominent members of the Kennedy clan, President John F. Kennedy’s namesake grandson Jack Schlossberg and daughter Caroline Kennedy, also endorsed Biden. 

Despite the progressive and establishment divide, the Democratic Party has worked hard to maintain and present a united front as they prepare to nominate Joe Biden to become their candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November.   

The second night of the Democratic Convention opened with a keynote address as unconventional as the virtual event itself with 17 different speakers claiming Biden’s ideas are a ‘big f’n deal.’

The diverse group of local, state and federal level political leaders issued their endorsement of Joe Biden and said what they feel he will do to improve their respective areas based on the key issues their constituents face.

Most recognizable among the group of speakers considered rising stars within the Democratic Party was Stacey Abrams, a former representative in Georgia’s House who lost her race for governor in the state in 2018.

A large chunk of the multi-person keynote address focused on Biden’s efforts to expand the Affordable Care Act.

‘Joe’s working to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act. He’ll make sure millions of people keep their coverage,’ Texas Representative Colin Allred assured, adding he would give Medicare the ability to ‘negotiate drug prices.’

‘That’s a big f’n deal,’ Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian said as shorthand for the expletive as she held up her hand like she were telling a secret.

Her claim was repeated by four other speakers in unison: ‘That’s a big f’n deal!’  

‘Because Joe knows that we can’t have a healthy economy if people can’t afford healthcare,’ former Ohio State Representative and current county commissioner in Portage County, Ohio Kathleen Clyde said. 

Donald Trump’s campaign immediately went on the attack against the speakers, calling them the ‘Radical 17’ in a campaign email sent out immediately ahead of their remarks.

‘Despite refusing to accept the results of her election, Stacey Abrams was chosen to lead a band of 17 ‘rising stars’ in delivering the keynote address of the Democrat National Convention,’ the campaign lashed out against the opening act of the second night of the convention.

It continued: ‘If this band of 17 radicals is the future of the Democrat Party, Americans should be very worried. They all hold far-left positions that are well outside the mainstream.’

Abrams closed out the keynote address with a little less than two minutes of dedicated speaking time – longer than most other politicians received without cutting to another.

‘America faces a triple threat, a public health catastrophe, and economic collapse and a reckoning with racial justice and inequality. So our choice is clear, a steady experienced public servant who can lead us out of this crisis just like he’s done before, or man who only knows how to deny and distract, a leader who cares about our families, or president who only cares about himself,’ she said in contrasting Biden to Trump.

The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who became the face of voter suppression was on the short list for Biden’s running mate. In her short close, she took a shot at President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting and the crisis in the U.S. Postal Service by saying Biden will champion free and fair elections.

‘He will restore our moral compass by confronting our challenges, not by hiding from them, or undermining our elections to keep his job in a time of voter suppression at home and authoritarians abroad, Joe Biden will be a champion for free and fair elections for a public health system that keeps us safe for an economy that we build back better than before,’ she said.

Democrats called their 17 speakers the ‘next generation of party leaders’ and made the unusual decision to have multiple speakers in a spot that was used as a springboard for other speakers. Past keynote speakers at Democratic conventions include Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo.

Playing emcee from Hollywood Tuesday night was ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, who introduced the evening’s theme of ‘leadership.’ ‘This unprecedented moment calls for leadership. Steady, inclusive, leadership,’ she said.

‘As a black woman I find myself at a crucial intersection in American politics. For far too long black female leadership in this country has been utilized without being acknowledged or valued,’ Ross said. ‘But we are turning the tide.’

‘Hello Kamala,’ Ross said with a smile, calling the nomination of the first black woman to a presidential ticket ‘historic for anyone who believes in ‘we, the people.”

Ross then described Biden and Harris as leaders who will bridge the country’s burdened past to create a ‘safe, equitable and even joyful future.’ 

 

Jill Biden said that Joe Biden would do for the country what he did for their family: ‘bring us together and make us whole’ because his ‘faith is unshakable’ in the American people.  

Biden delivered her virtual Democratic National Convention remarks Tuesday night from her empty old classroom at Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware. 

She talked of her family’s losses – Joe Biden’s first wife and baby daughter and later their son Beau – and of the loss the U.S. is feeling from the coronavirus right now. 

‘This quiet is heavy,’ she said, walking with the camera into the classroom that welcomed on the blackboard ‘Dr. Jill Biden.’ 

‘You can hear the anxiety that echoes down empty hallways. There’s no scent of new notebooks or freshly waxed floors,’ she said. ‘The rooms are dark and the bright young faces that should fill them are confined to boxes on a computer screen.’  

She said she was ‘heartbroken by the magnitude of this loss.’  

‘And the indescribable sorrow that follows every lonely last breath when the ventilators turn off,’ she said.  

She never mentioned her husband’s rival, President Donald Trump, once. 

Instead she introduced herself to the nation by talking about how when she met Joe Biden, he was a U.S. senator and a widower and father of two young sons, Beau and Hunter.  

‘I never imagined, at the age of 26, I would be asking myself: how do you make a broken family whole? Still, Joe always told the boys, ‘Mommy sent Jill to us,’ – and how could I argue with her?’ Biden recalled. 

The former second lady said she figured out the answer – it was ‘love’ – and the same applied in a broader scope. 

‘How do you make a broken family whole? The same way you make a nation whole. With love and understanding – and with small acts of kindness. With bravery. With unwavering faith,’ she said. 

She said her husband showed that strength in the days following Beau’s 2015 death of cancer, as he was serving as vice president of the nation.  

‘Four days after Beau’s funeral, I watched Joe shave and put on his suit. I saw him steel himself in the mirror – take a breath – put his shoulders back -and walk out into a world empty of our son,’ she recalled. 

‘He went back to work. That’s just who he is,’ she said. 

‘There are times when I couldn’t imagine how he did it – how he put one foot in front of the other and kept going. But I’ve always understood why he did it… He does it for you,’ she continued. 

Biden called her husband’s strength of will ‘unstoppable.’ 

‘And his faith is unshakable- because it’s not in politicians or political parties—or even himself. It’s in the providence of God. His faith is in you—in us,’ she said. 

As she concluded her remarks, she turned back to the imagery of the empty classroom. 

‘Yes, so many classrooms are quiet right now. The playgrounds are still. But if you listen closely, you can hear the sparks of change in the air,’ she said. 

She hinted that change could put her husband in the White House. 

‘We just need leadership worthy of our nation. Worthy of you. Honest leadership to bring us back together – to recover from this pandemic and prepare for whatever else is next,’ Biden said. 

As she concluded her remarks, Joe Biden – who just officially earned the Democratic nomination – came out to compliment and kiss his wife. 

‘I’m Jill Biden’s husband,’ he said, a joke he often deployed on the campaign trail. 

‘You can see why she’s the love of my life; the rock of our family. She never gives herself much credit,’ the former vice president said, which cued a look from Jill Biden. ‘But the truth is, she’s the strongest person I know. She has a backbone like a ramrod. She loves fiercely, cares deeply.’ 

The Democratic nominee told Americans to ‘think of your favorite educator who gave you the confidence to believe in yourself.’  

‘That’s the kind of First Lady, lady, lady, lady Jill Biden will be,’ Joe Biden said.  

 

 

Cindy McCain spoke for Joe Biden on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, lending her voice to a video tribute to Biden’s friendship with her late husband, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona.

She previewed it ahead of Tuesday night’s event.

‘My husband and Vice President Biden enjoyed a 30+ year friendship dating back to before their years serving together in the Senate, so I was honored to accept the invitation from the Biden campaign to participate in a video celebrating their relationship,’ she wrote on Twitter that afternoon.

She did not appear at the convention but made sure her voice was heard. 

Cindy McCain was the latest Republican to join the Democratic gathering after a number of prominent officials – former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former New York Representative Susan Molinari and former GOP California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard who now runs Quibi.

While she did not say specifically she was endorsing Biden for president, her participation in the video will be taken that way. It’s her biggest support of Biden’s candidacy and her first foray into the 2020 election. 

Democrats have pushed a unity theme in their convention, which became a fully virtual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic, selling Biden as a candidate who appeals to people across the political spectrum. 

Many of the speeches have question President Donald Trump’s qualifications to hold the Oval Office while outlining Biden’s credentials for the job. 

Actress Octavia Spencer narrated the video, which talked about how Biden, then a Delaware senator, met John McCain in the 1970s when McCain was assigned to be a military aide for him on a trip overseas. 

The video featured clips of John McCain’s voice, including a segment in which he joked he had to carry Biden’s bags, while Biden responded: ‘The son of a gun never carried my bags. He was supposed to carry my bags but he never carried my bags.’

The two men became friends, and the families would gather for picnics in the Bidens’ backyard.

‘They would just sit and joke. It was like a comedy show, sometimes, to watch the two of them,’ Cindy McCain said in the video.

She made her voice heard for Biden ahead of the Republican National Convention next week, where President Trump will be formally nominated for a second term.

Trump and the late senator had a long history of enmity the president targeting McCain both before and after his death. 

In 2015, as a Republican presidential candidate, Trump said McCain – who spent five and half years in captivity during the Vietnam War – wasn’t a hero ‘because he was captured. I like people who weren´t captured.’ 

In July 2017, McCain, in his last vote as a senator, angered Trump when he gave a dramatic thumbs down to vote against repealing President Obama’s healthcare law. McCain was the deciding vote.  

When McCain died on a Saturday in 2018 after suffering from brain cancer, the Trump administration lowered the flag over the White House to half-staff but had raised it by Monday. 

There was a public outcry and the flag was eventually lowered again. Trump pointedly wasn’t invited to McCain’s funeral, which took place in Washington’s National Cathedral.

Instead McCain was eulogized by Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential race with Biden as his running mate, and former President George W. Bush, who defeated McCain in the 2000 Republican presidential primary. Bill and Hillary Clinton were also in attendance as was a who’s who in the political world. 

Biden gave a eulogy for McCain at a memorial service for him in Arizona ahead of his formal state funeral. Biden was a pallbearer for McCain during the service at Washington’s National Cathedral.  

Even after his death, Trump continued to attack John McCain, going after him in March 2019 for his role in the Justice Department investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. During that contest, McCain received a copy of the unverified Christopher Steele dossier – which claimed that the Russians had blackmail material on Trump – and turned it over to then-FBI director James Comey. Later a longtime McCain aide, David Kramer, admitted he circulated it to several news organizations.

And during Trump’s May 2019 visit to Japan, the White House asked the U.S. Navy to move ‘out of sight’ the warship USS John S. McCain ahead of President Trump’s visit to the shipyard at the Yokosuka Naval Base, where several American battleships were docked.

The ship is actually named after three McCains who served in the Navy: the late senator, as well as his grandfather, John S. McCain Sr., an admiral during World War II, and his father, John S. McCain Jr., an admiral in the Vietnam era.

Trump denied any knowledge of the request. Meghan McCain, in response, called the president a ‘child’ who will not let her late father rest in peace. 

‘Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of my dads incredible life. 

‘There is a lot of criticism of how much I speak about my dad, but nine months since he passed, Trump won’t let him RIP. So I have to stand up for him. It makes my grief unbearable,’ she wrote on Twitter.

Meghan McCain has been the fiercest critic of her father’s legacy but Trump’s insults after the senator’s death grew so bad that the McCain’s youngest daughter Bridget, 27, made a rare public statement in defense of her late father.

Trump had complained in March 2019 during a visit to a manufacturing plant in Ohio that he didn’t get thanked for giving McCain ‘the kind of funeral that he wanted.’ 

‘I endorsed him at his request and I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank-you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain,’ Trump said. 

In response the late senator’s two daughters begged for the president to leave their dad and family alone with Bridget going as far as to call Trump a ‘child’ and saying he wasn’t invited to senator’s funeral because ‘you could not be counted on to be courteous.’ 

Biden consoled Meghan McCain during an appearance on ‘The View’ after her father was diagnosed with brain cancer. Meghan McCain, who has become a fiery Trump critic, has said Biden continues to reach out to her. 

Biden’s son Beau died from the same cancer as John McCain in 2015.

Meghan McCain has suggested she´d be voting for Biden in November but Cindy McCain has pointedly stayed out of the presidential race. 

In April of last year, amid rumors that the McCains would wade into the election in support of Biden, Cindy McCain tweeted that Biden is ‘a wonderful man and a dear friend of the McCain family.’

‘However,’ she added at the time, ‘I have no intention of getting involved in presidential politics.’

The video on Biden’s friendship with McCain is one of a series of short documentaries created by Oscar Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim, who worked on ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ the 2006 documentary on climate change that featured former Vice President Al Gore and won an Academy Award. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her one-minute speaking slot during the second night of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening to nominate progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president.

‘In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep, systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment and lack of healthcare… out of a love of all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for President of the United States of America,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.

The New York representative seconding the motion came after labor leader and activist Bob King, also a proponent of the progressive movement, issued a nomination for Sanders. 

President John F. Kennedy’s namesake grandson Jack Schlossberg and daughter Caroline Kennedy also made a side-by-side virtual appearance for the convention where they blessed Biden with the Camelot endorsement.

‘Once again, we need a leader who believes America’s best days are yet to come, we need Joe Biden,’ Schlossberg said, after footage of his grandfather’s 1960 address before the DNC played. 

Caroline Kennedy said she’d known Biden since 1974, when she served as a Senate intern. 

Despite the progressive and establishment divide, the Democratic Party has worked hard to maintain and present a united front as they prepare to nominate Joe Biden to become their candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November. 

Ocasio-Cortez spoke from Washington, D.C. where she touted the progressive movement, which she said would establish ’21st century social, economic and human rights.’ 

This includes, according to her brief remarks, ‘guaranteed healthcare, higher education, living wages and labor rights for all people in the United states.’

Following Ocasio-Cortez seconding Sanders’ nomination, the rest of the states and U.S. territories participated in the roll call.

The roll call is when a representative of all the respective states’ delegates officially name the candidate they are nominating for president – in this case, Joe Biden, with a flurry of other votes coming in for Sanders.  

Democrats’ roll call vote to nominate Biden took place virtually around the country this year.

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania cast the Keystone State’s votes in front of Biden’s childhood home in Scranton.

While Sen. Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced his home state’s totals.

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national figure when he condemned Donald Trump’s Muslim ban at the 2016 Democratic National Convention spoke on behalf of Virginia.

‘He’s a decent compassionate man,’ Khan said of Biden.

There were cameos from former Biden rivals: former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking from Indiana, Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaking from Minnesota and Rep. Tim Ryan speaking from Ohio.

Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie cast their votes from an Iowa field, and asked for the country’s help after the recent series of storms to damage the state.

Rep. John Lewis was kept alive starting with the first votes, Alabama’s, which Rep. Terri Sewell announced in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood on a building overlooking Black Lives Matter Plaza, the last public place Lewis was photographed. While State Sen. Nikema Williams, running for Lewis’ Congressional district, spoke in front of a mural of the late congressman to cast Georgia’s votes for the nomination.

Some delegates cast their votes in front of famous landmarks, like Rep. Dina Titus did at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada.

While North Dakota’s delegate, Geraldine Waller, a meatpacking plant employee, was seemingly positioned in front of her house.

‘They call us essential workers, but they treat us like expendable,’ she said, arguing Biden would treat workers better.

Another essential worker, Scheena Iyane Tannis, represented New York, shouting ‘It’s Joe Time!’

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Trump held his disastrous June 20 rally, party leader Alicia Andrews brought up the Tulsa race riots as she cast her state’s vote.

College student Keely Sage cast Tennessee’s votes from the historic Hermitage Hotel, where suffragettes cheered 100 years ago Tuesday when the state got the 19th Amendment, allowing some American women the right to vote, over the line.

The tour of the U.S. ended back in Delaware as Gov. John Carney and Sen. Tom Carper stood at Biden’s favorite Wilmington Amtrak station to make the former vice president’s nomination official.

In the Wilmington school where Jill Biden would later speak, Joe Biden and Jill feted with confetti from daughter Ashley and their grandchildren. 

The second night of the Democratic Convention opened with a keynote address as unconventional as the virtual event itself with 17 different speakers claiming Biden’s ideas are a ‘big f’n deal.’

The diverse group of local, state and federal level political leaders issued their endorsement of Joe Biden and said what they feel he will do to improve their respective areas based on the key issues their constituents face.

Most recognizable among the group of speakers considered rising stars within the Democratic Party was Stacey Abrams, a former representative in Georgia’s House who lost her race for governor in the state in 2018.

A large chunk of the multi-person keynote address focused on Biden’s efforts to expand the Affordable Care Act.

‘Joe’s working to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act. He’ll make sure millions of people keep their coverage,’ Texas Representative Colin Allred assured, adding he would give Medicare the ability to ‘negotiate drug prices.’

‘That’s a big f’n deal,’ Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian said as shorthand for the expletive as she held up her hand like she were telling a secret.

Her claim was repeated by four other speakers in unison: ‘That’s a big f’n deal!’   

‘Because Joe knows that we can’t have a healthy economy if people can’t afford healthcare,’ former Ohio State Representative and current county commissioner in Portage County, Ohio Kathleen Clyde said. 

Donald Trump’s campaign immediately went on the attack against the speakers, calling them the ‘Radical 17’ in a campaign email sent out immediately ahead of their remarks.

‘Despite refusing to accept the results of her election, Stacey Abrams was chosen to lead a band of 17 ‘rising stars’ in delivering the keynote address of the Democrat National Convention,’ the campaign lashed out against the opening act of the second night of the convention.

It continued: ‘If this band of 17 radicals is the future of the Democrat Party, Americans should be very worried. They all hold far-left positions that are well outside the mainstream.’

Abrams closed out the keynote address with a little less than two minutes of dedicated speaking time – longer than most other politicians received without cutting to another.

‘America faces a triple threat, a public health catastrophe, and economic collapse and a reckoning with racial justice and inequality. So our choice is clear, a steady experienced public servant who can lead us out of this crisis just like he’s done before, or man who only knows how to deny and distract, a leader who cares about our families, or president who only cares about himself,’ she said in contrasting Biden to Trump.

The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who became the face of voter suppression was on the short list for Biden’s running mate. In her short close, she took a shot at President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting and the crisis in the U.S. Postal Service by saying Biden will champion free and fair elections.

‘He will restore our moral compass by confronting our challenges, not by hiding from them, or undermining our elections to keep his job in a time of voter suppression at home and authoritarians abroad, Joe Biden will be a champion for free and fair elections for a public health system that keeps us safe for an economy that we build back better than before,’ she said.

Democrats called their 17 speakers the ‘next generation of party leaders’ and made the unusual decision to have multiple speakers in a spot that was used as a springboard for other speakers. Past keynote speakers at Democratic conventions include Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo.

Playing emcee from Hollywood Tuesday night was ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, who introduced the evening’s theme of ‘leadership.’ ‘This unprecedented moment calls for leadership. Steady, inclusive, leadership,’ she said.

‘As a black woman I find myself at a crucial intersection in American politics. For far too long black female leadership in this country has been utilized without being acknowledged or valued,’ Ross said. ‘But we are turning the tide.’

‘Hello Kamala,’ Ross said with a smile, calling the nomination of the first black woman to a presidential ticket ‘historic for anyone who believes in ‘we, the people.”

Ross then described Biden and Harris as leaders who will bridge the country’s burdened past to create a ‘safe, equitable and even joyful future.’ 

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