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5 Moments You Missed From The DNC’s First Night

The Democratic Party kicked off their mostly virtual convention with a focus on unity.

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For the first time in history, the Democratic National Convention is being hosted almost entirely online. The first night's speakers focused thematically on unity, including standout moments from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, and a spate of musical guests.

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1. George Floyd's brother holds a moment of silence.

Philonise Floyd, brother to the late George Floyd, held a moment of silence for Black Americans killed by police violence or racism, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

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2. John Kasich offers heavy-handed symbolism.

In a controversial move, Monday night's lineup included a handful of Republican voters who've pledged their November ballot to Biden. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich was one such guest, and in an overt metaphorical display, he stood on — and spoke to — the crossroads American's face.

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3. A Democratic rising star introduces Maggie Rogers

Sara Gideon, who's running against Sen. Susan Collins in Maine's tossup senate race, introduced singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers, a native Mainer who performed from the state's coast. The night's musical guests also included Leon Bridges and Billy Porter.

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4. Bernie Sanders offers a strong endorsement.

The Vermont senator tailored his speech to the Democratic Party's progressive wing, making the case for the more centrist Biden-Harris ticket. He offered one of the night's most quotable lines: “Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Trump golfs.”

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5. Michelle Obama earns her marquee slot.

To close out the night, the former first lady spoke to viewers in a fireside chat style, about the urgency of voting and putting politics aside to vote President Trump out of office.

The DNC's second night starts at 9 p.m. EST, featuring speakers like Sally Yates, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, President Bill Clinton, and Dr. Jill Biden.

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