How American party conventions work

How American party conventions work

In view of the November vote, congresses of Democrats and Republicans are held. Trump used his presidential prerogatives for electoral purposes

(Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images) The enormous spread that the coronavirus is having in the United States has not blocked one of the most important events in American political life: conventions of the Democratic and Republican parties ahead of the presidential elections in November. The first has already been held, from 17 to 20 August, the second is still in progress and will end on 27 August. Although in a different format than the traditional one due to the pandemic - the usual halls overflowing with supporters and journalists, at least for this year, have been replaced by a sort of television program featuring live or recorded interventions - both kermesse respected the normal liturgy: formally elect presidential candidates and present, through political speeches and contributions from supporters or high-profile politicians, the electoral program in view of the November elections. Over the years, however, the convention has become more and more like a TV show, but it has never lost its ritual aspect and its importance.

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