The 2020 Democratic National Convention has been unconventional in many ways due to limitation imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. In one way, however, it has been business as usual: the convention has been heavily criticized by the opposing side.
Calling the second night of the convention “boring, glitchy” and filled with “no names,” Boris Epshteyn, strategic adviser to President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, said, “I thought it was a sad night. Bill Clinton looked old and terrible…You had Sally Yates who got fired by President Trump for being awful, let’s be honest, and then John Kerry — they sort of rolled out the losers,” according to Fox News.
The Trump campaign was particularly critical of the inclusion of former President Bill Clinton among the speakers at the Democratic Convention. Clinton has been accused of sexual misconduct and even rape by numerous women going back to his time as Arkansas governor. Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinski while he was president led to his impeachment. The Trump campaign said in a statement, “It’s 2020 and Democrats are still honoring Bill Clinton. He’s the last person who should be giving lectures on what should or should not be happening in the Oval Office,” according to NBC News. The statement continued, “Democrats have moved on from #MeToo and fully embraced hypocrisy.”
Hogan Gidley, Trump 2020 national press secretary, said of Clinton, “Him trying to pretend as though he’s the arbiter of how the office should be treated…the last person in the world I’m taking a lecture from on how the Oval Office should be used is the person who abused the Oval Office in the way he did.”
During a night when Joe Biden was officially nominated by his party as their candidate for president a prominent member of the “squad” of freshmen Democratic congresswomen seconded the nomination of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) gave a one-minute speech in which she failed to mention Joe Biden at all. Epshteyn said of AOC’s short speech, “They may not have given her a lot of time tonight, but when you look at the platform, they have given her and her cohorts an enormous amount of influence.” Trump senior adviser Steve Cortes pointed out, “It’s very clear they don’t really have a message. It took the two hours to even mention Joe Biden last night. Tonight was just…boring.”
The foreign policy segment of the DNC’s second night included former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and John Kerry. Their appearance was blasted by Epshteyn as being an advertisement for globalism and failed approaches to foreign affairs. Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp called the inclusion of the former Secretaries of State a “bad homecoming party,” and said that their comments failed to address any policies espoused by Biden. “They don’t talk policy. It’s like ‘Uncle Joe is a good guy.’ That’s just not going to cut it when you’re going to be president of the United States,” she said.
The toughest criticism was reserved for the Democratic candidate himself. Schalpp said of Biden, ““He was wrong on Iraq, he was wrong on the Iran nuclear deal, he didn’t want to kill Usama bin Laden…and so they’re just not exposing the truth on Joe Biden’s lack of leadership when it came to tough foreign policy issues.” The harshest shot was taken by Epshteyn, however, when he said, “the campaign reflects the candidate. So their candidate is diminished, decrepit, messy in a deep, dark basement in Delaware.”