President Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention (RNC) suggested the Democrats pose an existential threat to the United States, casting the November election as a binary choice between order and chaos.
“At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, or two agendas,” the president remarked in accepting the GOP’s nomination for president. “This is the most important in the history of our country,” he said, adding that Democrats want to create a “socialist agenda” to “demolish” the United States.
Democrats, he suggested, are obscuring a far-left, socialist agenda and are propping up Biden as a moderate Trojan Horse.
Trump excoriated Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his party, saying that his administration has “spent the last four years reversing the damage Joe Biden inflicted over the last 47 years. At the Democrat convention, you barely heard a word about their agenda. But that’s not because they don’t have one. It’s because their agenda is the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee.”
In recent months, Trump has cast himself as the “law and order” candidate in the midst of protests, riots, arson, looting, and general civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. At the same time, he has accused Biden of kowtowing to the more radical elements in the Democratic Party in the midst of calls to defund police departments.
“How can the Democratic Party be asked to lead our country when it spends so much time tearing down our country,” Trump rhetorically asked.
Biden, 77, on Thursday, accused Trump, 74 of using the specter of violence as a “political strategy,” rather than actually aiming to address it. Democrats formally nominated Biden at a convention last week.
“Donald Trump keeps saying it won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” he said. “Their proof? The violence you’re seeing is in Donald Trump’s administration, Donald Trump’s America. Did they forget who’s president?”
Earlier in the night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made little mention of Trump but instead focused on the Democrats, saying that the party doesn’t want to improve the lives of people living in “flyover country,” adding that they want to “defund the police and take away your Second Amendment rights.” McConnell, like Trump, reiterated that Biden’s agenda as president isn’t clear.
Before Trump, RNC speakers warned about Biden embracing the left-wing agenda, which was underscored by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday. Earlier on Thursday night, the GOP tapped NYPD union boss Patrick Lynch and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to issue warnings about what could happen if Democratic officials take control of the federal government.
“When you consider their agenda, it’s clear: Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for a radical left,” Pence said. “The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher.”
In a rebuttal to Trump, Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris said the president is incompetent in the face of multiple crises, declaring: “Donald Trump doesn’t understand the presidency.” She primarily faulted the president’s leadership in dealing with the CCP virus pandemic in the United States, where around 180,000 people have died from the virus.
“He thinks it’s all about him,” she said, adding that “it’s about all of us. … Donald Trump has failed at the most basic and important job of a president of the United States: He failed to protect the American people, plain and simple.”
Trump also touted his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.