Democratic convention kicks off with Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders set to speak – liveAugust 18, 2020
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Christine Todd Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey who also ran the Environmental Protection Agency under George W Bush, kicked off a series of endorsements from Republicans backing Biden against Trump.
Most recently, Whitman signed on to an open letter from six former EPA chiefs who seek to “raise a bipartisan call for a new forward-looking direction at EPA.”
Whitman has harshly criticized Trump’s “erosion of trust in science,” as he has rollbacked pollution protections and ignored climate change, while boosting fossil fuels.
“I’m a lifelong Republican…this isn’t about a Republican or a Democrat, it’s about a person. A person decent enough stable enough to get our economy back on track. A person who can work with everyone –Democrats and Republicans –to get things done. Donald Trump isn’t that person. Joe Biden is,” Whitman said.
And the award for the heaviest handed visual metaphor of the night goes to … John Kasich, who literally stood at a fork in the road to prove his point. It’s the first moment of the night that’s getting memed, which is perhaps unsurprising given the mostly somber tone of the convention so far:
Is John Kasich about to sell his soul to the devil to learn to play blues guitar pic.twitter.com/eObRKDOILe
This fact checker would like to note this appears to be a fork in the road — when one road becomes two — not a crossroads, when two roads intersect. https://t.co/GUwN5GIsyz