In The Battlegrounds: Democratic Convention Speakers Continue Calling Out Trump’s Broken Promises

After being featured at the Democratic National Convention, regular Americans from across the country are continuing to call out and localize Donald Trump’s broken promises in their home states. These messengers are sharing their personal stories through virtual press events, local interviews, and other tactics. See more below:

Axios: What’s next for Joe Biden after Democratic National Convention.

By Hans Nichols

August 29, 2020

Key Points:

  • “Democrats also plan to deploy some of the other convention speakers at the state level, playing on their local connections to drive interest.”

  • “The idea is to turn everyday Americans who shined during the convention into regular Biden surrogates.”

  • “Gold Star father Khizr Khan will do press calls in Virginia. Jeff Jeans, the conservative Republican critic who now says the Affordable Care Act saved his life, will be a Biden surrogate in his home state of Arizona.”

Yahoo News: How Democrats Are Targeting Voters In Swing States.

By Christopher Wilson

August 29, 2020

Key Points:

  • “In events set up by state Democratic parties in coordination with the Biden campaign and the DNC, a number of activists and local officials who spoke at the convention continued to push for Biden and attempt to outline what they see as the failures of the Trump administration.”

  • “Michelle Boyle, a Pittsburgh-area nurse and SEIU member, took part in a roundtable on the opening night of the Democratic convention followed by a virtual press call earlier this week.”

  • “Steve Gomez became an advocate for protecting the ACA following Trump’s election, telling the story of his son Anthony, who was born in 2015 with a rare heart defect. Both Steve and Anthony joined Biden for a conversation during the convention, and afterward, Gomez was asked to continue telling his story, starting this week with an event set up by the Arizona Democratic Party.”

  • “The DNC has also tapped activists focused on issues beyond health care. Fred Guttenberg has been an outspoken advocate for new gun safety legislation since losing his daughter, Jaime, in the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting. After speaking at the DNC, he did a joint press call with Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla.”

  • “Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who spoke at the 2016 convention and represented Virginia during the roll call this year, expressed concern about the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants.”

  • “‘Americans across the battleground states are stepping up and sharing the devastating consequences of Donald Trump’s failed presidency because they know firsthand how much is at stake in this election,’ John Weber, DNC deputy director of battleground state communications, told Yahoo News in a statement. ‘They’re some of our best messengers to define and localize Trump’s record — they were key to the success of our unprecedented convention and in ensuring folks in their state heard the truth during the RNC, and they’re going to continue sharing their stories about Trump’s broken promises leading up to Election Day.’”