When others are going so low, does going high still really work?

This piece was originally published in the August 18, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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“Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Trump golfs.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Trump’s negligence in the wake of an unprecedented global pandemic

All eyes were on Michelle Obama last night. The former First Lady spoke to the urgency of the moment, eviscerating Trump and calling out his utter inability to “be who we need him to be.”

Revisiting her famous words from four years ago, she insisted that despite the bigotry and disaster we’re facing, she still believes in going high. But “going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things,” she warned. “[It] means standing fierce against hatred.”

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It’s Day 2 of the 2020 Democratic Convention. Headlining the virtual stage tonight is former Second Lady Jill Biden. She’ll be joined by speakers including former President Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Lisa Blunt Rochester, health care activist Ady Barkan, Fair Fight President Stacey Abrams, and former acting AG Sally Yates.

The primetime lineup will air from 9–11pm EST. You can follow along at DemConvention.com/watch or on another one of the many platforms that’ll be airing it.

IN THE NEWS

  • Today marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving white women the right to vote. As we celebrate this milestone, we can’t forget one massive caveat: Black women didn’t have full access to the ballot until the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. The wait was even longer for Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous women. In reality, many Black women still face hurdles to voting today. Trump commemorated today’s anniversary by posthumously pardoning Susan B. Anthony, a white suffragist with a deeply problematic history of partnering with racists to exclude Black men from the suffrage movement, delaying codification of their right to vote for decades. You can read more about the complicated history of the 19th Amendment in this new piece from CAP’s Robin Bleiweis, Shilpa Phadke, and Jocelyn Frye.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • The Senate Intelligence Committee dropped a bipartisan report saying that the Trump administration obstructed their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The report also presented new information and evidence of the Trump campaign’s eagerness to accept assistance from a foreign government.

WHAT WE’RE READING (AND WATCHING)

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This piece was originally published in the August 18, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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