DNC 2020: Kerry Washington's sigh after Hillary's speech goes viral, 'Scandal' fans say Olivia Pope will 'save' us
Washington had a fiery message for America where she spoke about what's at stake at the 2020 presidential election while urging people to choose wisely between Trump and Biden
The night three of the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 19 had a flamboyant and fierce host in actress Kerry Washington. She became the talk of the town for several reasons — one being her "sigh" after Hillary Clinton's viral speech and the other being her character Olivia Pope in the show, 'Scandal'.
Washington had a fiery message for America where she spoke about what's at stake at the 2020 presidential election while urging people to choose wisely between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. "We’re fighting for the soul of this country and for our lives," the 'Scandal' star said while introducing the programme that included performances from Jennifer Hudson and Billie Eilish, in addition to speeches by former president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris. She urged the audience, like Hillary, to engage in the political process to defeat Trump and his policies.
On the other hand, Hillary too had a cautionary message in her speech where she urged Americans to "vote like our lives and livelihoods are on the line". She said that America needs a president who shows compassion, determination and leadership in the White House and wished Trump had been a "better" president. This was somehow backed by Washington who also urged the audience to engage in the political process to defeat Trump and his policies. "Donald Trump is destroying our country," Washington said.
Soon, Washington’s words went viral on the internet where people talked about the strong and powerful woman Washington is. The hawk-eyed internet also noticed that she sighed at the end of Clinton's speech. Netizens went on to say that she sighed on behalf of all Americans who feel that Hillary should be their "president". "That @kerrywashington sigh after @HillaryClinton spoke was all of us," one viewer wrote.
"It’s so good to see Hillary Clinton. That sigh from Kerry Washington after Hillary finished speaking. For real," another said.
It’s so good to see Hillary Clinton. That sigh from Kerry Washington after Hillary finished speaking. For real. 😂🔥— Jermaine Watkins ✍🏾 (@JermaineWatkins) August 20, 2020
"Kerry Washington just gave a sigh like 'Hillary SHOULD be our President' that I felt deep in my bones," another said.
Kerry Washington just gave a sigh like “Hillary SHOULD be our President” that I felt deep in my bones.— Ranchium&Co (@summerofsoaps) August 20, 2020
"Kerry Washington's deep sigh following Hillary's speech is all of us imagining what could have been," another added.
Kerry Washington's deep sigh following Hillary's speech is all of us imagining what could have been.— Josh Fischel (@OhFischel) August 20, 2020
Others hailed Washington for a different reason — for starring in the ABC drama 'Scandal' where she played Olivia Pope, a political fixer, for seven long seasons. 'Scandal' fans said Washington had donned the avatar of her fictional character Olivia Pope and had come to "save" them. Others said Washington might as well play Kamala Harris if a biopic is ever made on her. "Kerry washington is bringing a lil olivia pope to the 2020 election. We got this in the bag," a 'Scandal' fan wrote.
kerry washington is bringing a lil olivia pope to the 2020 election 👀 we got this in the bag pic.twitter.com/kCSUh5CHPg— cole pillow (@ColePillow) August 20, 2020
"And she's smashing it AGAIN! The moderators have been fantastic," praised a fan.
And she's smashing it AGAIN! The moderators have been fantastic.— another Californian (@rosalind1485) August 20, 2020
The theme of the August 19 program was 'A More Perfect Union'. The night also celebrated 100 years of women in politics. Other than Clinton, it had speeches by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with acceptance speech by Harris. It is worth noting that a record number of women now serve in Congress and also ran for election this year.