AOC gets just 60 seconds to make her progressive case as second day of Democrats’ convention starts

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her one-minute speaking slot during the second night of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening to nominate progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president – without mentioning Joe Biden.

‘In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep, systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment and lack of healthcare… out of a love of all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for President of the United States of America,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.

The New York representative seconding the motion came after labor leader and activist Bob King, also a proponent of the progressive movement, issued a nomination for Sanders. 

Party rules are that anyone who got more than 300 delegates is given a ceremonial nomination, which only applied to the Vermont independent senator. Convention organizers listed her and King as giving the Sanders nomination.

But AOC not mentioning Biden at all raised eyebrows in a party which has stressed unity above all in recent weeks. Several network news commentators mentioned the absence of Biden’s name in her remarks, as did people on social media. 

In fact, the New York Democrat took to Twitter to explain her speech and offer her ‘deepest congratulations’ to Biden.

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her 60-second speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening to nominate progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her 60-second speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening to nominate progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president

Caroline Kennedy (left) and her son Jack Schlossberg (right) endorsed Joe Biden during Tuesday night's convention – exhibiting the still-present divide between progressive and establishment Democrats

Caroline Kennedy (left) and her son Jack Schlossberg (right) endorsed Joe Biden during Tuesday night’s convention – exhibiting the still-present divide between progressive and establishment Democrats

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped into NBC News for its tweet on her speech, blaming the network for sending online hatred at her

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped into NBC News for its tweet on her speech, blaming the network for sending online hatred at her

‘If you were confused, no worries!,’ she wrote, going on to explain the convention rules and how she was asked to be part of the Sanders nomination process.  

But as confusion continued about why one of the party’s youngest, progressive stars wouldn’t mention Biden – the party’s actual nominee – in her speech, Ocasio-Cortez returned to Twitter again, this time targeting NBC News, blaming the network for sending a mass of online hatred her way.

She ripped into the network for its tweet that said: ‘In one of the shortest speeches at the DNC, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Joe Biden.’

NBC issued a correction at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, saying its tweet should have included more information about how the nomination process worked at the convention. 

‘This tweet should have included more detail on the nominating process. We have deleted the tweet to prevent its further spread, but it can be seen here for the record,’ the network wrote.

‘Ocasio-Cortez was asked by the DNC to second Sanders’ nomination. The nomination is a procedural requirement of the convention. Ocasio-Cortez has previously endorsed Biden, & her speech was similar in length to other nominating speeches,’ the network added.

But Ocasio-Cortez’s fury remained. She accused the network of sending an ‘enormous amount of hatred and vitriol’ her way and causing misinformation about her role in the convention to circulate the internet.

‘You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet,’ she tweeted in response. ‘It sparked an enormous amount of hatred and vitriol, & now the misinfo you created is circulating on other networks. All to generate hate-clicks from a pre-recorded, routine procedural motion.’ 

She continued her barrage in a tweet storm where she accused NBC News of being ‘malicious’ against her.

‘This is completely unacceptable, disappointing, and appalling. The DNC shared the procedural purpose of my remarks to media WELL in advance. @NBC knew what was going to happen & that it was routine. How does a headline that malicious & misleading happen w/ that prior knowledge?,’ she added.

And she returned to Twitter minutes later to ask the network to do more to ‘fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation’ she said it caused her.

‘So @NBCNews how are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for? Because a 1:15am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it,’ she wrote.

TUESDAY’S DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION LINE UP

Mayor of Milwaukee, Wis., Tom Barrett

James Roosevelt Jr. and Lorraine Miller give the report of Credentials Committee

Barney Frank and Maria Cardona give the report of the Rules Committee

Julie Chavez Rodriguez and Dennis McDonough give the Credentials Committee report

Keynote Address by 17 rising stars in party: Stacey Abrams, Tennessee State Senator Raumesh Akbari, Rep. Colin Allred, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela, f ormer State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, South Carolina State Senator Marlon Kimpson, Rep. Conor Lamb, Michigan State Rep. Mari Manoogian, Texas State Rep. Victoria Neave, Navajo President Jonathan Nez, Georgia State Rep. Sam Park, New Hampshire State Rep. Denny Ruprecht, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross

Former Acting AG Sally Yates

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Caroline Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador, daughter of President John F. Kennedy

Jack Schlossberg, grandson of President John F. Kennedy

Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter

Former President Bill Clinton

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez

Bob King, former President of the United Auto Workers

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Senator Chris Coons

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

Roll Call Across America

Activist Ady Barkan

Former Secretary of State John Kerry

Dr. Jill Biden

Performance by John Legend

In contrast to Ocasio-Cortez’s speech Tuesday night, President John F. Kennedy’s namesake grandson Jack Schlossberg and daughter Caroline Kennedy also made a side-by-side virtual appearance for the convention where they blessed Biden with the Camelot endorsement.

‘Once again, we need a leader who believes America’s best days are yet to come, we need Joe Biden,’ Schlossberg said, after footage of his grandfather’s 1960 address before the DNC played. 

Caroline Kennedy said she’d known Biden since 1974, when she served as a Senate intern. 

Despite the progressive and establishment divide, the Democratic Party has worked hard to maintain and present a united front as they prepare to nominate Joe Biden to become their candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November. 

Ocasio-Cortez spoke from Washington, D.C. where she touted the progressive movement, which she said would establish ’21st century social, economic and human rights.’ 

This includes, according to her brief remarks, ‘guaranteed healthcare, higher education, living wages and labor rights for all people in the United states.’

Following Ocasio-Cortez seconding Sanders’ nomination, the rest of the states and U.S. territories participated in the roll call. 

The roll call is when a representative of all the respective states’ delegates officially name the candidate they are nominating for president – in this case, Joe Biden, with a flurry of other votes coming in for Sanders. 

Democrats’ roll call vote to nominate Biden took place virtually around the country this year.

Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania cast the Keystone State’s votes in front of Biden’s childhood home in Scranton.

While Sen. Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced his home state’s totals.

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national figure when he condemned Donald Trump’s Muslim ban at the 2016 Democratic National Convention spoke on behalf of Virginia.

‘He’s a decent compassionate man,’ Khan said of Biden.

There were cameos from former Biden rivals: former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking from Indiana, Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaking from Minnesota and Rep. Tim Ryan speaking from Ohio.

Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie cast their votes from an Iowa field, and asked for the country’s help after the recent series of storms to damage the state.

Rep. John Lewis was kept alive starting with the first votes, Alabama’s, which Rep. Terri Sewell announced in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood on a building overlooking Black Lives Matter Plaza, the last public place Lewis was photographed. While State Sen. Nikema Williams, running for Lewis’ Congressional district, spoke in front of a mural of the late congressman to cast Georgia’s votes for the nomination.

Some delegates cast their votes in front of famous landmarks, like Rep. Dina Titus did at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada.

While North Dakota’s delegate, Geraldine Waller, a meatpacking plant employee, was seemingly positioned in front of her house.

‘They call us essential workers, but they treat us like expendable,’ she said, arguing Biden would treat workers better.

Following Ocasio-Cortez's remarks, the convention launched into its roll call where delegates from all 50 state and U.S. territories nominated Joe Biden as president. Here Rep. Dina Titus announced the delegate count at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada

Following Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, the convention launched into its roll call where delegates from all 50 state and U.S. territories nominated Joe Biden as president. Here Rep. Dina Titus announced the delegate count at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada

Former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (left) and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (right), both former Democratic rivals in the primary against Biden, announced their delegate counts

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane (right) in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced Vermont's state totals

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane (right) in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced Vermont’s state totals

Another essential worker, Scheena Iyane Tannis, represented New York, shouting ‘It’s Joe Time!’

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Trump held his disastrous June 20 rally, party leader Alicia Andrews brought up the Tulsa race riots as she cast her state’s vote.

College student Keely Sage cast Tennessee’s votes from the historic Hermitage Hotel, where suffragettes cheered 100 years ago Tuesday when the state got the 19th Amendment, allowing some American women the right to vote, over the line.

The tour of the U.S. ended back in Delaware as Gov. John Carney and Sen. Tom Carper stood at Biden’s favorite Wilmington Amtrak station to make the former vice president’s nomination official.

In the Wilmington school where Jill Biden would later speak, Joe Biden and Jill feted with confetti from daughter Ashley and their grandchildren. 

The second night of the Democratic Convention opened with a keynote address as unconventional as the virtual event itself with 17 different speakers claiming Biden’s ideas are a ‘big f’n deal.’

The diverse group of local, state and federal level political leaders issued their endorsement of Joe Biden and said what they feel he will do to improve their respective areas based on the key issues their constituents face.

Most recognizable among the group of speakers considered rising stars within the Democratic Party was Stacey Abrams, a former representative in Georgia’s House who lost her race for governor in the state in 2018.

A large chunk of the multi-person keynote address focused on Biden’s efforts to expand the Affordable Care Act.

‘Joe’s working to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act. He’ll make sure millions of people keep their coverage,’ Texas Representative Colin Allred assured, adding he would give Medicare the ability to ‘negotiate drug prices.’

‘That’s a big f’n deal,’ Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian said as shorthand for the expletive as she held up her hand like she were telling a secret.

Her claim was repeated by four other speakers in unison: ‘That’s a big f’n deal!’   

The second night of the Democratic Convention kicked off Tuesday with 17 local and state politicians delivering an unconventional keynote address where they said presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's ideas about healthcare are a 'big f'n deal'

The second night of the Democratic Convention kicked off Tuesday with 17 local and state politicians delivering an unconventional keynote address where they said presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s ideas about healthcare are a ‘big f’n deal’

The most noticeable face of them all was Stacey Abrams, the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who was once on the short list to become Biden's running mate

The most noticeable face of them all was Stacey Abrams, the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who was once on the short list to become Biden’s running mate

Donald Trump's reelection campaign sent out a statement denouncing the speakers as the 'Radical 17,' and included  descriptions for each of them on some of their most progressive, or radical perspectives

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent out a statement denouncing the speakers as the ‘Radical 17,’ and included  descriptions for each of them on some of their most progressive, or radical perspectives 

‘Because Joe knows that we can’t have a healthy economy if people can’t afford healthcare,’ former Ohio State Representative and current county commissioner in Portage County, Ohio Kathleen Clyde said. 

Donald Trump’s campaign immediately went on the attack against the speakers, calling them the ‘Radical 17’ in a campaign email sent out immediately ahead of their remarks.

‘Despite refusing to accept the results of her election, Stacey Abrams was chosen to lead a band of 17 ‘rising stars’ in delivering the keynote address of the Democrat National Convention,’ the campaign lashed out against the opening act of the second night of the convention.

It continued: ‘If this band of 17 radicals is the future of the Democrat Party, Americans should be very worried. They all hold far-left positions that are well outside the mainstream.’

Abrams closed out the keynote address with a little less than two minutes of dedicated speaking time – longer than most other politicians received without cutting to another.

‘America faces a triple threat, a public health catastrophe, and economic collapse and a reckoning with racial justice and inequality. So our choice is clear, a steady experienced public servant who can lead us out of this crisis just like he’s done before, or man who only knows how to deny and distract, a leader who cares about our families, or president who only cares about himself,’ she said in contrasting Biden to Trump.

The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who became the face of voter suppression was on the short list for Biden’s running mate. In her short close, she took a shot at President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting and the crisis in the U.S. Postal Service by saying Biden will champion free and fair elections.

‘He will restore our moral compass by confronting our challenges, not by hiding from them, or undermining our elections to keep his job in a time of voter suppression at home and authoritarians abroad, Joe Biden will be a champion for free and fair elections for a public health system that keeps us safe for an economy that we build back better than before,’ she said.

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross emceed the night from Hollywood

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross emceed the night from Hollywood 

Democrats called their 17 speakers the ‘next generation of party leaders’ and made the unusual decision to have multiple speakers in a spot that was used as a springboard for other speakers. Past keynote speakers at Democratic conventions include Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo.

Playing emcee from Hollywood Tuesday night was ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, who introduced the evening’s theme of ‘leadership.’ ‘This unprecedented moment calls for leadership. Steady, inclusive, leadership,’ she said.

‘As a black woman I find myself at a crucial intersection in American politics. For far too long black female leadership in this country has been utilized without being acknowledged or valued,’ Ross said. ‘But we are turning the tide.’

‘Hello Kamala,’ Ross said with a smile, calling the nomination of the first black woman to a presidential ticket ‘historic for anyone who believes in ‘we, the people.”

Ross then described Biden and Harris as leaders who will bridge the country’s burdened past to create a ‘safe, equitable and even joyful future.’ 

The Roll Call of States

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced the ‘Roll Call Across America’ that will take place on Tuesday night. 

Traditionally, states are called out one by one in the convention arena, where one delegate steps up to the microphone to announce the state’s support for the nominee. 

Over the course of 30 minutes on Tuesday night, the reimagined roll call process will take convention viewers to all 57 states and territories.  

The roll call will be a mix of live and pre-recorded speeches. It will feature a mix of lawmakers and activists who will speak for their states and use their time to highlight Biden’s support on a range of policy issues – including LGBTQ rights and gun safety. 

Participants include:

ALABAMA

Rep. Terri Sewell will invoke the memory of Rep. John Lewis to advocate for restoring the Voting Rights Act.

ALASKA

Veteran, fisherman, and party activist Chuck Degnan will discuss the impact of climate change on tribal waters.

AMERICAN SAMOA

Party leaders Aliitama Sotoa and Patti Matila will celebrate American Samoa’s legacy of military service—and Joe Biden’s work to improve the territory’s infrastructure.

ARIZONA

Middle school social studies teacher Marisol Garcia will discuss remote learning from the perspective of teachers, parents, and activists.

ARKANSAS

Chef Gilbert Alaquinez will describe his work delivering meals prepared at the Clinton Presidential Center to local families via food trucks.

CALIFORNIA

Sec. Hilda Solis and Rep. Barbara Lee will highlight the importance of Joe Biden’s clean energy plan for communities of color.

COLORADO

Immigrant and party activist Howard Chou and his family will discuss the challenges facing working parents during the pandemic.

CONNECTICUT

Veteran firefighter Peter Carozza will explain why he and his fellow first responders trust in Joe Biden’s courage and commitment to working Americans.

DELAWARE

Gov. John Carney and Sen. Tom Carper will share a local perspective on Delaware’s favorite son.

DEMOCRATS ABROAD

Organizer Julia Bryan will offer a call to action for Americans living abroad to get involved in this election.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Mayor Muriel Bowser will issue a call for DC statehood.

FLORIDA

Gun safety activist Fred Guttenberg will describe Joe Biden’s compassion in the wake of his daughter’s murder in Parkland and commitment to defeating the NRA.

GEORGIA

State Sen. Nikema Williams, candidate for John Lewis’s seat in Congress, will urge viewers to overcome voter suppression.

GUAM

Party chair Sarah Thomas-Nededog will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Guam citizens becoming American citizens.

HAWAII

Civil rights activist Dr. Amy Agbayani will offer a special personal message to American immigrants.

IDAHO

Mayor Lauren McLean will share her city’s bold response to climate change.

ILLINOIS

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun will discuss the Biden plan for racial justice in housing.

INDIANA

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will describe his city’s revitalization and the Biden plan to do the same nationwide.

IOWA

Secretary Tom Vilsack will take a moment to share best wishes for Iowans suffering after last week’s storm.

KANSAS

Fourth-generation family farmer Mark Pringle will share his concern about the future of rural America and his confidence in the Biden plan for revitalizing rural communities.

KENTUCKY

Education advocate Colmon Elridge will share a personal story about Joe Biden’s commitment to improving American health care.

LOUISIANA

Rep. Cedric Richmond and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will visit a thriving independent art studio to highlight the importance of small businesses to cities.

MAINE

State Rep. Craig Hickman, the first openly gay African American to serve in the Maine House of Representatives, will take us inside his American dream.

MARYLAND

City Council President Brandon Scott and college student Bianca Shah will describe the Biden plan for racial justice in the economy.

MASSACHUSETTS

State Rep. Claire Cronin will highlight the Biden plan to help our economy recover from the pandemic.

MICHIGAN

Sen. Gary Peters and UAW auto worker Ray Curry will discuss how Joe Biden saved the Michigan auto industry and his plan to create a million new auto jobs.

MINNESOTA

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will discuss Joe Biden’s ability to bring people together before throwing it across the Mississippi River to St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.

MISSISSIPPI

College president Dr. Carmen Walters will discuss the history of the HBCU she leads and the Biden plan to invest in these important institutions.

MISSOURI

Bricklayer Reuben Gill will praise the contributions of his fellow working men and women and the Biden plan to invest in infrastructure.

MONTANA

Recent college graduate Rachel Prevost will describe her senior year of remote learning and highlights the importance of rural broadband.

NEBRASKA

Meatpacking plant employee Geraldine Waller will share a personal perspective on the dangers facing essential workers during the pandemic.

NEVADA

Backed by an array of working Nevadans, Rep. Dina Titus will describe the Biden plan for putting workers first in our economy.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Gov. John Lynch will offer his personal endorsement of Joe Biden’s leadership skills.

NEW JERSEY

Gov. Phil Murphy will mark the impact of the pandemic on his state and explains why Joe Biden is the right leader to help us recover.

NEW MEXICO

Tribal member and state Rep. Derrick Lente will celebrate his state’s diversity and commitment to preserving natural and cultural resources.

NEW YORK

Registered nurse and a member of 1199SEIU Scheena Iyande Tannis will offer a raw personal perspective on the dangers facing health care workers.

NORTH CAROLINA

Longtime Democratic activist Cozzie Watkins will offer a call to action for Black women.

NORTH DAKOTA 

Tribal citizen and advocate Cesar Alvarez will discuss his unique path to college and Joe Biden’s plan to open up educational opportunity. 

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

Party chair Nola Kileleman Hix will describe her organizing efforts as the young leader of the party in the NMI.

OHIO

Rep. Tim Ryan and IBEW organizer Josh Abernathy will describe Donald Trump’s broken promises to Ohio workers and the Biden plan to invest in America.

OKLAHOMA

Party chair Alicia Andrews will reflect on the lessons of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

OREGON

Activist Dr. Rosa Colquitt and registered nurse Travis Nelson will discuss racial disparities in health care.

PENNSYLVANIA

Sen. Bob Casey, a fellow Scranton native, will talk about how Joe Biden’s childhood in Scranton formed his commitment to working families.

PUERTO RICO

Sen. Carmelo Rios-Santiago, will highlight Donald Trump’s abandonment of Americans in Puerto Rico.

RHODE ISLAND

State Rep. Joseph McNamara will discuss the impact of the pandemic on his state’s restaurants and fisherman and shows off the mouth-watering flavors of Rhode Island seafood.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Senate candidate Jaime Harrison will speak from the alma mater of Rep. Jim Clyburn and his late wife Emily.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Tribal activist Kellen Returns From Scout will issue a plea for forward-looking leadership.

TENNESSEE

On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, college student Keely Sage will visit the headquarters of the suffragists to discuss her own first vote for President and the role of women in this election.

TEXAS

Rep. Veronica Escobar will reflect on the lessons of the August 2019 massacre in El Paso.

UTAH

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson will debunk misinformation about mail-in voting.

VERMONT

Gubernatorial candidate and Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, joined by Jane and Bernie Sanders and other Vermont activists, will speak out for justice.

VIRGIN ISLANDS

Chair Cecil Benjamin will lead a colorful tribute to Joe Biden’s leadership.

VIRGINIA

Activist Khizr Khan will reflect on the racial violence that claimed a life in his beloved home city of Charlottesville.

WASHINGTON

State Rep. My-Linh Thai, a former refugee, will share her commitment to the public schools that gave her a chance to contribute to her new home.

WEST VIRGINIA

Veteran educator and union organizer Fred Albert will discuss how teachers and parents can work together to create change.

WISCONSIN

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will share his personal story and a call to action for a brighter future.

WYOMING

Activists Judy and Dennis Shepherd will discuss Joe Biden’s leadership to stop hate crimes against LGBTQ Americans in the wake of their son Matthew’s murder. 



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