6pm today with the amazing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!
Tuesday night features one of the party’s most prominent liberal stars takes the virtual stage — if only for a minute. Yes, she’s only allowed to speak for 60 minutes, and there’s serious questions about this error.
How to watch:
Youtube link (below), Channel 9 (pbs), and Channel 2 (fox).
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s move to nominate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president will be entirely symbolic as the party rallies around presumptive nominee Joe Biden to challenge President Trump.
But it gives the freshman congresswoman a prime-time opportunity to send a warning to a potential President Biden: that the far-left is a force that can’t be ignored.
The New York Democrat — who does not plan to mention Biden once in her address, according to an individual familiar with her remarks, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss them — has been working with liberal groups to oust centrists like Biden in hopes of strengthening liberals’ foothold in Congress next year.
And they’re already poised to increase their numbers, expanding their clout as they seek to push the House — and the next Democratic president — into embracing policies such as Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal.
Watch YouTube coverage!
AOC goes off on Postmaster DeJoy: “We need to get him under oath on a committee letting us know what is happening and we have to undo the damage that he has already done.” pic.twitter.com/VyJK96cNGX
— The Recount (@therecount) August 18, 2020
If I can regularly roast Trump sycophants in 280 characters or less, I can speak to progressive values in 60 secs (& maybe filibuster a few extra 😉).
Meanwhile, you’re supporting GOP sabatoge of people’s medicine, votes, etc by mail bc apparently democracy means nothing to you. https://t.co/Y3hYhpfOuK
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 18, 2020
The convention is an opportunity to show the American people what we stand for as a party and unite around our shared values. In addition to fulfilling their nominating duties, Democratic Party members from across the country will also work together during the convention to adopt the official 2020 Democratic Party platform.
• On Monday night, the Democratic National Convention will get underway — not in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it was originally set to take place, but on Zoom.
• The pared-down virtual convention runs Monday through Thursday, culminating with presumptive (soon to be official) Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s acceptance speech.
• On Monday, things will get started at 9 pm ET with former first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich among the marquee speakers.
• In addition to Kasich, who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, the DNC on Monday announced three more Republican speakers, including former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman. [Twitter / Daniel Strauss]
• Scheduling Sanders on the same night as a bevy of Republicans is intentional: One source told Politico that organizers hope to showcase the broad Sanders-to-Kasich spectrum of support for Biden. [Politico / Holly Otterbein and Ryan Lizza]
• Very few people will make a physical appearance in Milwaukee, and no official party business will be conducted there. DNC Chair Tom Perez and a handful of Wisconsin Democrats will be on location, however. [NYT / Astead W. Herndon and Reid J. Epstein]
• In total, the convention will span eight hours over four days — 16 fewer hours than usual. There will also be no single keynote speech; rather, 18 rising stars in the party will appear in what the Washington Post describes as a “montage.” [Washington Post / Michael Scherer]
• The Republican National Convention will follow close on the heels of the DNC this year, starting next Monday after a saga that saw the event moved to Florida and then back North Carolina. [Vox / Ella Nilsen].