Michelle Obama has spoken in support of Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention, saying that Americans should vote for him "in numbers that cannot be ignored".
"We have to do everything we can to elect my friend Joe Biden", she added.
She slammed Donald Trump over the coronavirus crisis and health problems arising from it, saying that he is "the wrong president for our country".
"Americans look to the White House for leadership, they get chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy," she added. "More than 150,000 people have died and our economy is in shambles because of a virus that this president downplayed for too long. It has left millions of people jobless".
Obama, however, made an argument for Biden's bid, saying that "there is no perfect candidate, no perfect president".
She also praised the results of her husband's ruling, saying that "when my husband left office with Joe Biden at his side, we had a record-breaking stretch of job creation". She added that they "secured the right to health care for 20,000,000 million people", and "worked hand-in-hand with scientists to help prevent an Ebola outbreak from becoming a global pandemic".
Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which relies on government-run exchanges in which insurance companies sell policies to individuals and families that lack employer-provided health insurance plans, with most of the provisions taking effect in 2014. Despite helping American citizens, Obamacare has reportedly prompted several US medical giants to leave the insurance market due to financial losses.
The convention, nominally being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was largely virtual with live-streamed speeches and pre-recorded messages. Monday night marked the first of four which will wrap up on Thursday with a speech by Joe Biden after he is formally nominated as the party's 2020 presidential nominee.
Democrats repeatedly slammed President Donald Trump on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, focusing on his administration's crackdown on protesters, police violence, and the handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Donald Trump has been also criticized by Biden’s erstwhile chief rival for the Democratic nomination, as well as by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and by former Ohio Governor John Kasich, who was a Trump rival during the 2016 presidential election, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Trump is "not just a threat to Democracy... his actions fanned this pandemic", Bernie Sanders said.