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72 Days: Watch the Speeches

Sunday is the day I offer some small thing that you can do to end Trump. Past Sundays have included: Register to Vote, Learn Anti-Racism, and Adopt a State.

This week I’m recommending you take the time to hear the Democrats make the case in their own words. I have struggled this week to hold back my criticism and anxieties about the candidates. I’ve discussed the pitfalls of demanding perfection from candidates. But there is no doubt in my mind that Trump must not win in November.

It is better for you to hear Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make the case themselves, to see what resonates for you, to find your own reason and motivation for supporting them these next 71 days.

The speeches of Biden and Harris were inspiring to me. Above all, because they showed humility, competence, and empathy. Three things Trump and his government have continually failed to demonstrate. Speeches like this are necessarily broad and light on specifics, but broad strokes can convey a lot.

“We will choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege….”


“That’s the job of a president. To represent all of us, not just our base or our party. This is not a partisan moment. This must be an American moment. It’s a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another.”

—Joe Biden, acceptance speech for Democratic nomination, July 20, 2020

Count the phrases in the short quotes above that you can’t imagine Trump saying and let me know when you run out of fingers.

Watch the speeches:

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