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Michelle Obama, Billy Porter & Lori Lightfoot lit up the first day of the Democratic convention

Billy Porter performing at the Convention
Billy Porter performing at the Democratic National ConventionPhoto: Screenshot/YouTube

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was the talk of the first day of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but the day also had some LGBTQ moments: out Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) spoke out against the Trump administration at the Democratic National Convention and actor Billy Porter stole the show with a performance of an anti-war anthem from the 60s.

Obama attacked Donald Trump during her speech, saying that he’s “clearly in over his head.”

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“So let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” she said. “He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us.”

“It is what it is,” she said.

That line had Democrats on Twitter reeling because it was what Trump himself said earlier this month about the high mortality rate in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Speaking at a virtual roundtable discussion on racism Monday morning at the Convention – moderated by former Vice President Joe Biden and included Lightfoot, activist Jamira Burley, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, and Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr – Lightfoot said that Democrats need to focus on the right to vote this fall.

“Every day the importance of this fall’s election grows and grows, and every day, unfortunately, we see increasing evidence that this administration is mounting a full-out assault on every pillar of our democracy, including the integrity of our elections,” Lightfoot said. “This is real, folks. It’s not an exaggeration. It’s not a conspiracy theory.”

She said that the coronavirus pandemic has made voting by mail more important than ever and that the Trump administration’s attacks on the Postal Service are an “assault” on “election integrity.”

“What we need to do in the face of this pandemic is to make sure that Americans understand that it is safe to vote, not dangerous,” Lightfoot said. “They are drumming up a climate of anxiety that is driven by their desperation to hold on to power. You can see the Senate majority eroding and the Oval Office is slipping from their grasp. Their current efforts reflect their desperation and their fear.”

The first part of the round table is below.

Major speeches from well-known Democrats including Obama, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were given in the evening last night, which was the day before the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women.

To close the first day of the convention, out actor Billy Porter of Pose fame performed the anti-war song “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield with the group’s guitarist Stephen Stills.

Television channels had already cut away from the Convention by the time Porter performed, but people shared the one-of-a-kind video online and loved it.

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