Presidential candidate Joe Biden is set to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination from his home state of Delaware on August 20, after the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday announced plans to move its proceedings entirely online to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, President Trump said Wednesday he may hold his acceptance speech for the Republican Party’s nomination on the South Lawn of the White House. Asked by reporters about the plan, Senate Republican Whip John Thune replied, “Is that even legal?” Thune cited the federal Hatch Act, which bars partisan political activity by federal employees in places where they discharge their official duties. Trump later told reporters the Hatch Act does not apply to the president.
In more campaign news, Congressmember Rashida Tlaib has defeated Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in Michigan’s Democratic primary held on Tuesday. In 2018, Tlaib became the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress.