Trump attacked Biden by name forty-one times in his prepared
remarks, some kind of record in a Convention speech. Biden is a
“destroyer of American greatness” itself, Trump said, and he
supports “the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a
major-party nominee.” He is a pawn of China and the radical left,
“a Trojan horse for socialism,” a representative of a “failed
political class,” and a loser on the wrong side of history. He and
his party will “demolish the suburbs.” They will “confiscate your
guns.” Biden, in short, will end America as you know it.
The problem, of course, is that America as we know it is currently
in the midst of a mess not of Biden’s making but of Trump’s.
Suffice it to say that, by the time Trump’s speech was over and
the red, white, and blue fireworks spelling out “2020” had been
set off over the National Mall, late Thursday night, more than
three thousand seven hundred Americans had died of the coronavirus
since the start of the Convention — more than perished on 9/11 — and a hundred and eighty thousand Americans total had succumbed to
the disease, a disease that Trump repeatedly denied was even a
threat. His botched handling of the pandemic was the very reason
that his Convention was taking place on the White House lawn in
the first place.