As Democrats on Monday open an unprecedented virtual convention, the party’s disparate factions are projecting a united front behind Joe Biden, brought together by their common determination to oust Donald Trump in November’s election.
“It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated,” Bernie Sanders, a former Biden rival and a keynote speaker on the event’s opening night, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
Adding to the drama, the four-day convention — originally planned for the Midwestern city of Milwaukee but forced to go online by the COVID-19 pandemic — takes place amid a furor over Trump’s efforts to limit mail-in voting.
The president, insisting without proof that mail-in voting fosters fraud, has threatened to block extra funding that Democrats say is urgently needed to allow the US Postal Service to process millions of ballots.
In normal election years, nominating conventions are a raucous scene. Tens of thousands of party