From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –
Much as Republicans targeted Hillary Clinton repeatedly at their convention, Democrats used the third night of their gathering to blast Donald Trump on a whole series of issues, imploring voters to reject the Republican nominee for President.
“Donald J. Trump, your words have been hostile, they have been bigoted and insulting,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“You are not qualified to serve as President of the United States,” Butterfield said to cheers from delegates, accusing Trump of painting a picture of “gloom and doom.”
“Trump says there’s no drought,” said Gov. Jerry Brown of California. “I say Trump lies.”
“I say Trump is a fraud,” Brown added.
“Donald Trump doesn’t fight for you. Instead, he insults people who disagree with him,” said former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
“It’s time to put a bully racist in his place and a tough woman in her’s: the White House,” O’Malley said.
Some of the toughest words came from Vice President Joe Biden, who argued that Trump was not fit to be in the White House.
“Actually, he has no clue, period,” Biden said, as the crowd began chanting “Not a clue!” – sort of the Democratic convention version of “Lock her up!”
Earlier, other Democrats also took on Trump over foreign policy.
“In Trump’s world, NATO is a relic, Putin an ally,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he blasted Trump’s foreign policy plans as naive.
A night earlier, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright also skewered Trump over foreign policy and his friendly overtures to Vladimir Putin and others.
“The truth is, a Trump victory in November would be a gift to Vladimir Putin,” Albright said.
“Donald, you’re not fit to polish John McCain’s boots,” said Retired Navy Admiral John Hutson, who charged that Trump was ill-prepared to be Commander-in-Chief.
“Donald Trump is a walking, talking recruiting poster for terrorists,” Hutson added.
“I do not trust Donald Trump,” said Kristen Kavanaugh, who served in Iraq, as she joined in criticism of Trump’s foreign policy views.
Democrats also rolled out videos the raised questions about Trump’s temperament if he were to be elected President.
It was a big shift from the first two nights, which featured more of an emphasis on Hillary Clinton than attacks on the GOP nominee.
“This is no time to gamble with our future,” said former Defense Secretary and CIA chief Leon Panetta, who said Hillary Clinton is more than qualified for the job of President.
“He asked the Russians to interfere in American politics,” Panetta said to boos from delegates.
“Donald Trump cannot become our Commander-in-Chief,” Panetta added.
Meanwhile, just as Republicans had used her email troubles to call for the Obama Administration to block Clinton’s access to classified information, one Congressional Democrat returned that favor on Trump.
But there were other speakers who tried to drum up more unity in Democratic ranks, calling on Bernie Sanders voters to join with Hillary Clinton.
“It’s healing time, it’s hope time, it’s Hillary time,” Jesse Jackson said, as he led delegates in that refrain.