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Trump Hits Back After Biden’s DNC Speech | NBC Nightly News

“So it’s with great
honor and humility, I accept this nomination
for president of the United States of America.” [crowd noise] “This week, we saw a very
fractured Democratic Party come together —
putting aside a lot of ideological differences —
and make clear that they are unified in
their goal of taking on and defeating Donald Trump.” “This election is about
preserving our democracy.” “Because that’s what’s
at stake right now.” “You, me and Joe.” “Joe Biden.” “The convention closed with
a pretty fired-up speech from Joe Biden. The Democratic nominee
was trying, really at every turn, to
extend a hand to not only Democratic voters, but
also to independent voters and to Republican voters who
may feel disaffected with President Trump’s leadership.” “I’ll work hard for those
who didn’t support me, as hard for them as I did for
those who did vote for me. That’s the job
of a president.” “Joe Biden hit on a
number of key themes in his speech on Thursday. One of them was this idea that
he could lead the nation out of a very dark, very
polarized time, a moment when the country is struggling
with a pandemic, with an economic
crisis, with unrest over racial injustice.” “The current president has
cloaked America in darkness for much too long — too much anger, too much
fear, too much division. I’ll be an ally of the
light, not the darkness.” “So on the campaign
trail, Joe Biden was not always the
smoothest speaker. But perhaps his greatest
strength as a campaigner — and this has long
been the case — was his ability to connect
with voters one on one, especially voters
who are suffering or voters who are
dealing with grief.” “I have some idea how it feels
to lose someone you love. I know that deep
black hole that opens up in the middle of
your chest and you feel like you’re
being sucked into it. I know how mean and
cruel and unfair life can be sometimes.” “Joe Biden didn’t
say this directly, but implicit in that message
was the part of a broader argument that he
and his allies have long been pushing,
that perhaps the greatest distinction between Joe Biden
and Donald Trump comes down to the
matter of character.” “I found the best way
through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose. We have a great
purpose as a nation.” “Joe Biden has faced
questions about whether he has the grit and
the determination and the energy to wage
a really vigorous fall campaign. So headed into
Thursday night, something that some of his allies were
a little worried about was, how can he deliver a
powerful, electrifying speech when he is not going to have
an audience in there to cheer him on?” “Let us begin, you
and I together, one nation under God, united
in our love for America, united in our love
for each other.” “But when Joe Biden
took the podium, he did everything
that he could to suggest that he does have
the fight in him to take on President Trump.” “May history be able
to say that the end of this chapter of
American darkness began here, tonight.” “Meanwhile outside,
there were more of those supporters
who had gathered in a scene that I can compare to a
drive-in movie situation. It was a pretty surreal
event, unusual certainly, and in fact extraordinary to
see a presidential nominee accept their
nomination in that way under these circumstances. But it really played to the
broader Democratic argument that they are the party
that can be trusted to lead the country
forward amid a pandemic, to defer to the science as
they make their decisions instead of, as they would
put it, to the politics. The Democrats head into
the general election pleased by Joe Biden’s lead
over Donald Trump in a lot of polls, but
also very aware — because 2016 is never too
far from their minds — that a poll lead right
now does certainly not guarantee
anything in November. Depending on what the
restrictions look like and just how much
the Democrats may need to continue following
the virtual campaign route, it is possible that
those restrictions could make it more
difficult to promote an affirmative clear case for
their vision of where they want to take the country.” Singing: “O say can
you see, by the dawn’s —” “Hi, I’m Sarah Kerr, the
producer of this video. Thanks for following
our convention coverage this week. We’ll be back next week
as the R.N.C. gets underway. Check out nytimes.com/2020
for the latest news and analysis.”