The Republican Party of the USA is to make its case next week for four more years of President Donald Trump after his Democratic opponent Joe Biden protected up to his party’s conference with a vow to end what he called a “chapter of American darkness.”
With the nation analyzing the impact of an unusual all-virtual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump on Friday escalated his attacks on Biden as Republicans sought to flesh out their counterprogramming to the Democratic convention.
The Democratic Party issued figures Friday that recommend it set a high bar for its event, raising $70 million during the four days and generating 122 million views on network and cable television as well as digital live streams.
Allowing the Democratic presidential nomination with an intense 25- minute speech, Biden stated the United States was facing a “life-changing election” in November.
“The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division,” the 77-year-old former vice president Biden issued a somber warning.
“May history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight as love and hope and light joined in the battle for the soul of the nation.”
Trump, 74, also framed the contest in apocalyptic terms, accusing the Democrats of holding the “darkest, angriest and gloomiest convention in American history.”
The Republican convention starts on Monday in North Carolina and, like the Democratic event, it will be mostly online because of the COVID-19 outbreak which has left 175,000 people dead across the US.
President Donald Trump will admit the Republican nomination Thursday in a speech at the White House, shrugging off criticism over the use of the presidential residence for campaign purposes.