Obama Lays Into Trump, Harris Makes History and Other Major Moments From DNC Night 3


The third night of the Democratic National Convention was packed with appeals to voters from major political and entertainment superstars.

The lineup of prominent speakers including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During the evening, Kamala Harris also made history, becoming the first woman of color to be nominated to a presidential ticket of a major political party.

These are the biggest moments from night 3 of the Democratic National Convention.

Kamala Harris accepts historic nomination

At the conclusion of night three, Kamala Harris secured the nomination for vice president, becoming the first Black and South Asian woman to be nominated on a major party's presidential ticket.

Before she began her speech, Kamala, a daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, was nominated by her family — her sister Maya, niece Meena, and stepdaughter Ella Emhoff.


Harris commenced her speech by saying that her historic nomination is "a testament to the dedication of generations before me."

Harris invoked the names of Black Americans who have been killed during her remarks. "Let's be clear: there is no vaccine for racism. We've got to do the work — for George Floyd, for Breonna Taylor, for the lives of too many others to name. For our children."

She also dove into her personal life, opening up about her mom. “My mother taught me that service to others gives life purpose and meaning. And oh, how I wish she were here tonight, but I know she’s looking down on me from above,” Harris said.

Harris touted Biden as a leader who would stand up to the challenges facing the country. “Right now we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons. Joe will be a president who turns our challenges into purpose.”

At the conclusion of her remarks, Biden joined Harris onstage and the two shared a socially distant hug.

Obama lays into Trump

Former President Barack Obama minced no words in discussing his successor.

"Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t," Obama declaimed bluntly. "And the consequences of that failure are severe: 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before."


“I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care,” Obama said. “But he never did."

Obama went on to iterate the special and unexpected bond he found with Biden, who he tapped for his VP pick in 2008. "I didn’t know I’d end up finding a brother," Obama said. "Joe and I came from different places and different generations. But what I quickly came to admire about Joe Biden is his resilience, born of too much struggle; his empathy, born of too much grief. Joe is a man who learned -- early on -- to treat every person he meets with respect and dignity, living by the words his parents taught him: 'No one’s better than you, Joe, but you’re better than nobody.'"

The former president went on to laud Kamala Harris, saying that in her, Biden "has chosen an ideal partner who is more than prepared for the job; someone who knows what it’s like to overcome barriers and who’s made a career fighting to help others live out their own American dream."

Together, Obama said, "Joe and Kamala will restore our standing in the world. And as we've learned from this pandemic, that matters."

Elizabeth Warren shines spotlight on child care

Senator Elizabeth Warren commended Biden for his prospective policies. “I love a good plan. And Joe Biden has some good plans,” Warren said.

In particular, Warren highlighted child care, sharing a story of her struggle when she became a new mother, and the fortune of getting help — a luxury many Americans don't have. “As a little girl growing up in Oklahoma, what I wanted most in the world was to be a teacher. I loved teaching. And when I had babies and was juggling my first big teaching job in Texas, it was hard, but I could do hard,” Warren said. “The thing that almost sank me? Child care.”

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Warren, who subtly paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter with the letters "BLM" on a shelf behind her, also made a plea with Americans to imagine the future legacy of this year's election. "We stay in this fight, so that when our children and our grandchildren ask what we did during this dark chapter...we will be able to look them squarely in the eye and say, 'We organized, we persisted, and we changed America.'"

Hilda Solis: 'Joe Biden and Kamala Harris actually have a plan'

Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis applauded Biden for his role in the Obama administration, saying that he is what working Americans need at this moment.

“My parents realized they had achieved their American dream because the daughter of two blue collar immigrants would make history and give voice to people just like them. American workers need a fighter now more than ever. And Joe Biden is that person, because he has done it before and I have seen it firsthand,” Solis said.

"That is why Joe Biden and Kamala Harris actually have a plan. Not only to recover what we lost but to improve upon it. To build back better. Creating 5 million good union jobs by bringing back supply chains to America. That is building back better. Creating millions of jobs by investing in clean energy. That is building back better. And making sure that working families can afford childcare. That is how we build back better," Solis said.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addressed how she expects the election to turn out. "We will increase our majority in the House; We will win a Democratic majoirty Senate; We will elect Kamala Harris vice president and we will elect Joe Biden president of the United States of America," Pelosi said confidently.


Pelosi also pointed to the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying they have both blocked several bills that had been passed by the House, including on the economy, LGBT rights, police reforms, voting protections and more. "All of this is possible for America. Who is standing in the way? Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump."

She continued: "I’ve seen firsthand Donald Trump’s disrespect for facts, for working families, and for women in particular — disrespect written into his policies...not just his conduct. But we know what he doesn’t: that when women succeed, America succeeds"

Hillary Clinton warns voters: 'Joe and Kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose — take it from me'

Speaking from her home in Chappaqua, New York, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had strong words for her opponent in the 2016 election. “I wish Donald Trump knew how to be a president, because America needs a president right now," said Clinton.

She also stressed the importance of getting everyone to the polls.


"Look, this can't be another woulda-coulda-shoulda election. If you vote by mail, request your ballot now and send it back right away," she added. "If you vote in person, do it early. Become a poll worker. Most of all, no matter what, vote."

She continued: "Vote for law enforcement purged of racial bias that keeps all our streets safe. Vote for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Because Black Lives Matter."

Clinton later referenced her losing the 2016 election despite winning the popular vote, by adding, “Don't forget, Joe and Kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose -- take it from me.”

Prince Royce performs

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Following a clip highlighting immigrants narrated by Barack Obama, Bronx-born singer Prince Royce sang a bilingual version of "Standy By Me."

Billie Eilish performs, declares 'Donald Trump is destroying our country'

Prior to performing her hit "My Future," 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish expressed why she will be voting on November 3rd. "Donald Tump is destroying our country and everything we care about... We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it because they do," said the Grammy winner.

Michelle Lujan Grisham warns of 'environmental annihilation'

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke on how Biden was the clear choice to address climate change. "We have the chance this November to end two existential crises: the Trump presidency and the environmental annihilation he represents," Grisham said.

Gabby Giffords emotionally addresses gun violence

In a clip addressing gun violence, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, made an impassioned speech for electing Biden. "Words once came easily; today I struggle with speech," Giffords said. "But I have not lost my voice. America needs all of us to speak out, even when you have to fight to find the words. We are at a crossroads. We can let the shooting continue or we can act."

She added: "We can be on the right side of history. We must elect Joe Biden. He was there for me, he’ll be there for you too. Join us in this fight.”

Kerry Washington cites a foundational text

As moderator of the night, Kerry Washington started with reflecting on the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self evident. All men and women created by the, you know, the thing...," Washington said. "We fight for a more perfect union because we are fighting for the soul of this country and for our lives. And right now, that fight is real."

Tony Evers kicks off the night: 'Let's get to work'

"Holy mackerel, folks. Let's get to work" and with that Governor Tony Evers of Wisconsin kicked off the third night of the DNC.

Over the previous two nights, the DNC has featured speeches by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former First Lady Michelle Obama and Joe Biden's wife, former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

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