For the second day of the Democratic National Convention, Democrats once again put much of the emphasis on courting potential disaffected ex-Republicans or so-called moderates.
While the first night of the convention featured RINO politicians such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the emphasis on the second night was in former swamp-dwellers such as former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former envoy Brett McGurk.
Both were Obama holdovers who were relieved of their roles in dramatic fashion during the Trump presidency.
Yates, who was involved at some level with the conspiracy to undermine the Trump administration with claims of Russian collusion, including a Jan. 5 meeting with top White House officials, was fired as acting attorney general less than two weeks into the Trump presidency for insubordination.
Yet the DNC celebrated her for refusing to uphold Trump’s executive order restricting flights from terrorist harboring Islamic nations.
Both Yates and the night’s emcee, Tracee Ellis Ross, also falsely claimed that the order was “unconstitutional” and “unlawful” although the Supreme Court, following lengthy legal challenges and politically motivated injunctions, ruled otherwise.
“Speaking at a political convention is something I never expted to be doing, but the future of our democracy is at stake,” said Yates, who was once floated as being under consideration for vice president.
“I was fired for refusing to defend President Trump’s shameful and unlawful travel ban,” she claimed. “That was the start of his relentless attacks on our nation’s institutions.”
Yates went on, with no apparent self-awareness, to accuse the Trump administration of turning the Justice Department into a political arm of the White House.
“From the moment President Trump took office he’s used his position to benefit himself,” she claimed. “… He’s trampled the rule of law trying to weaponize our Justice Department.”
McGurk, meanwhile, who resigned after disapproving of Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria and let the mercenary Kurds fend for themselves in the war against ISIS.
Accused Trump of telling the armed forces to “simply abandon” the quasi-allied resistance force, and he claimed that Trump “made decisions without any thought.”
Appropriately, the same montage featured former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the official mascot of the corrupt, partisan deep-state, who figured prominently into the House impeachment proceedings last year.
The attack also prominently featured two Trump-bashing ex-secretaries of State: John Kerry and Colin Powell.
Kerry, conjuring memories of his own failed presidential run, blatantly misled with false claims about a Democrat conspiracy theory linking Russia to alleged bounties on US troops.
The longtime Massachusetts senator quipped that “When this president goes overseas it isn’t a goodwill mission, it’s a blooper reel.”
The architect of the failed Iran nuclear deal undone during the Trump administration also claimed his successor’s policy was “incoherent.”
“Before Donald Trump, we used to talk about American exceptionalism,” he said. ‘The only thing exceptional about the incoherent Trump foreign policy is it has made our nation more isolated than ever before.”
Powell, a former Republican who left the party prior to Trump’s run, focused more on what he claimed were the integrity and values of Biden Democrats.
“Our country needs a commander in chief who takes care of our troops in the same way he would his own family,” Powell said of Biden, who has long worked with governments such as China, Ukraine and several Central American countries to broker sweetheart deals that would allow his own family to profit at the expense of national policy.
Capping it all off in the spliced-together, pre-recorded convention was a tribute to Biden’s longtime friendship with RINO NeverTrumper John McCain, the late Arizona senator who made one of his final votes a symbolic rejection of a measure that would repeal Obamacare.
The speech was framed in such a way as to tout Biden’s bipartisan spirit, but in fact it underscored the sort of cronyism that Trump arrived to rid politics of.
McCain got his start, following his stint as a Vietnam prisoner of war, by serving as a personal page to Biden, then a young Delaware senator.
“The son of a gun never carried my bags,” Biden reminisced in one clip. “He was supposed to carry my bags dammit, but he never carried my bags.”