Democratic National Convention Falls Short With Inclusivity For Speaker Lineup

Here’s who to expect (and not expect) for the Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention is set to be from August 17th to August 20th, remotely due to coronavirus concerns. Sen. Kamala Harris will accept the nomination as Vice President on August 19th while former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic nomination on August 20th.

Here’s Who We Expect To See

MONDAY: Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Convention Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Gwen Moore, Former Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Doug Jones, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

TUESDAY: Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Former President Bill Clinton, and Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

WEDNESDAY: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Tony Evers, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

THURSDAY: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Chris Coons, Sen. Kamala Harris, and the Biden Family.

It should be noted that former president Barack Obama is no longer listed to speak on Wednesday. While the list of speakers range from big progressive names to former Presidents, there has been a lot of criticism for the voices left out of the lineup. 

Stacey Abrams Missing From Lineup, But John Kasich Will Speak

Politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is absent from the list of speakers. Abrams was on the list for Biden’s VP search, but even with consideration for such a high position, she remains left out of the list.

Former Republican Governor John Kasich is a surprising guest for the convention. He told CNN’s Erin Burnett that his “conscience” told him to speak in support of Biden during the event. Kasich campaigned against Trump in the 2016 election and has continued to not support him. 

Andrew Yang: “I’ve Got To Be Honest I Kind Of Expected To Speak”

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang will not speak at the Democratic National Convention, while many other former presidential candidates from the 2020 election like Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Amy Klobcuhar will have their chance to speak. Yang took to Twitter to express his disappointment, stating, “I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak.” 

Rep. Ted Lieu of California expressed disappointment in the decision, tweeting,“Dear @DNC: Asian Americans are the fastest increasing group in America, including in multiple swing states. The gross underrepresentation of Asian American speakers in the four days of the DNC Convention is tone deaf and a slap in the face.” Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Kamala Harris will be the only two Asian-American politicians speaking at the convention. 

 

 


 

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