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    The Democrats are kicking off their National Convention this Monday to formally endorse Joe Biden as their candidate for the next president of the United States.

    Unity is the main theme of this year's convention, which was initially planned to be held in Wisconsin but has been turned into a fully-virtual gathering amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

    "As we have learned throughout our history, when we stand united, we can overcome anything, including the monumental challenges we face today," the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a press release.

    The convention is set to see a number of prominent guests, including ex-first lady Michelle Obama, who has mainly stayed on the political sidelines during 2020.

    Joe Biden's formal rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, as well as former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich are also expected to speak at the convention.

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    • 05:06

      Trump Campaign Blasts First Night of Democratic Convention as 'Hollywood-Produced Infomercial'

      Trump campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley slammed the first night of the Democratic National Convention as a “Hollywood-produced infomercial”. The first night of the convention even featured “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria as one of four celebrity emcees who will act as a guide on each of the four nights.

      “Perhaps it was just an oversight, but the first night of the Democrat convention left out the fact that Joe Biden would raise taxes on more than 80 percent of Americans by at least $4 trillion. Also missing was his open borders policy, with amnesty and work permits for 11 million illegal aliens. There was no mention of Joe Biden’s desire to cut police funding, kill ten million energy jobs with a green new deal, or give free healthcare to illegal aliens, but in fairness, it was only the first night. Democrats can try to conceal the dangerous truth with a Hollywood-produced infomercial, but they can’t hide the fact that the radical socialist leftist takeover of Joe Biden is complete”, Gidley said.

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      "During this president's term the unthinkable has become reality. He has tried to prevent people from voting, he has undermined the U.S. Postal Service, deployed the military and federal agents against peaceful protesters, threatened to delay the election and suggested that he will not leave office if he loses", the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate said, addressing the Democratic National Convention from his home state.

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