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The candidature of President Donald Trump has suffered a setback at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, several well-known Republican figures have spoken and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president.
In the hyperpartisan context of a US presidential race, it’s highly unusual for prominent Republicans to endorse Democratic candidates and speak at the DNC.
What’s happening is emblematic of how President Donald Trump has upended the modern GOP.
John Kasich, the former Ohio governor and GOP presidential candidate, gave a full-throated endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden in remarks on Monday night, excoriating Trump in the process.
“I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country,” Kasich said. “That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen. But these are not normal times.”
Former President George W. Bush won’t be speaking at the RNC next week nor will his brother Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and a 2016 GOP presidential candidate.
Meanwhile, Colin Powell, a lifelong Republican who served as Bush’s secretary of state, forcefully endorsed Biden and touted the former vice president’s national security credentials on Tuesday night at the DNC.
“The values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform were the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States because those values still define him, and we need to restore those values to the White House,” Powell said in a video played during the second night of the convention.
Each living former Democratic president Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama have endorsed Biden and are speaking at the 2020 Democratic convention. And every major 2020 Democratic opponent of Biden’s has lined up behind him.
A former top member of the Trump administration, Miles Taylor, also endorsed Biden this week, saying that working in the administration was ‘terrifying’.
As Biden garners support from both Democrats and Republicans, Trump is lining up behind far-right conspiracy theorists in Republican primaries and inviting obscure figures to speak at the RNC to fill the gaps created by prominent GOP figures who won’t lend their names or voices to the commander-in-chief.
For example, Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the Missouri couple who became internet famous for pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis earlier this summer, have been invited to speak at the RNC.
Normally, a Republican presidential nominee would see top Republican figures, including former presidents, lining up to speak on their behalf of the Republican National Convention.
That’s not the case for Trump, who has been abandoned by recent standard-bearers of the Republican Party.