Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Thursday night’s Democratic National Convention emcee, cracked a very awkward joke on the heels of a touching film on Joe Biden’s faith.
The clip featured Biden, at a CNN town hall, talking about loss with Rev. Anthony Thompson, the pastor at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, where Thompson’s wife was one of the nine black worshippers who was gunned down by a white supremacist.
‘Joe Biden goes to church so frequently he doesn’t need tear gas and a bunch of federalized troops to help him get there,’ the ‘Veep’ star said.
It was a dramatic shift in tone, as the Democrats tried to make an appear on the final night of their four-day virtual convention to church-going voters.
The segments before featured a nun, Sister Simone Campbell, a nod to Biden’s Catholic faith, as well as Sen. Chris Coon, who won Biden’s old Senate seat.
Coons said of Biden’s positions in politics: ‘For him, they’re rooted in faith,’ a faith ‘that’s sustained so many ordinary Americans.’
And then came the clip of Biden’s back-and-forth with Thompson, which was filmed at a CNN town hall in South Carolina in February, days before the state’s primary.
‘Reverend, I kind of know what it’s like to lose a family and my heart goes out to you,’ Biden said.
‘You may remember after Barack and Michelle and I were there with my family, I came back on that Sunday because I had just lost my son. And I wanted some hope,’ Biden continued. ‘Because what you all did was astounding.’
The former vice president then addressed the crowd.
‘I don’t know if ya’ll know that. All of those who died, who were killed by that white supremacist. They forgave him,’ Biden said, calling it the ‘ultimate act of Christian charity.’
Cue, Louis-Dreyfus’ joke about Trump’s June 1 photo-op.
Black Lives Matter protesters were gassed and pepper balled in the moments before Trump crossed Lafayette park to hold up a Bible in front of St. John’s church, which had been damaged by fire the night before.
Julia-Dreyfus continued to make jokes through the program.
‘I couldn’t be prouder to be a loyal union member, a passionate climate activist and a patriotic Democrat, or as Donald Trump will call me in a tweet tomorrow: a washed-up, horse face, no talent, has been with low ratings,’ she said at one point.
‘Well, with all due respect, sir – it takes one to know one,’ she said.