A new Morning Consult poll finds in a post-convention poll, Joe Biden leads President Trump by 9 points among likely voters, 52% to 43%, compared with an 8-point margin earlier in the week. However, 51% of likely voters said they had a favorable view of Biden on Friday, a single-day record in the tracking poll.
Axios: “Among the 100 most viral stories about DNC topics this past week, there were 7.56 million social media interactions (likes, comments, shares) on stories about Michelle Obama’s speech.” “That’s 5x more than the estimated total for the next closest person — her husband.”
“I have learned about the hot mic.”
— Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), quoted by The Recount, after mouthing an expletive ahead of her speech at the Democratic convention.
“So if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
— Michelle Obama, speaking at the Democratic Convention
“If this election turns out to be just between a self-proclaimed socialist and an undiagnosed sociopath, we will be in a terrible, terrible place as a country. How do we prevent that? … That’s all I am thinking about right now. My short answer is that the Democrats have to do something extraordinary — forge a national unity ticket the likes of which they have never forged before. And that’s true even if Democrats nominate someone other than Bernie Sanders.”
You know what I wanted to. I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard. I would have hit them. No, no. I was going to hit them, I was all set and then I got a call from a highly respected governor. … I was gonna hit one guy in particular, a very little guy. I was gonna hit this guy so hard his head would spin and he wouldn’t know what the hell happened.
— Donald Trump, telling ABC News that he wanted to “hit” some of the Democratic convention speakers “so hard” while watching them.
A few pundits are comparing this speech by Khizr Khan, the father of a soldier killed in action in Afghanistan, to the famous “Have you no sense of decency?” moment in that ended the communist witch-hunting career of Sen. Joe McCarthy in 1954.
There are striking parallels between the two incidents. Both McCarthy and Donald Trump are power-crazed, virulent demagogues. And both had connections to mob lawyer Roy Cohn. McCarthy mentored Cohn during the communist baiting hearings he held in the Senate. Years later Cohn was mentor to young Donald Trump.
(And here’s something that probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. Fox opted to break away during Kahn’s speech. The network ran an anti-Clinton Benghazi “Swiftboat”-style ad instead.)
Video and transcript of Khzir Kahn’s speech follow.
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