Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro thanked Wisconsin activists for their hard work to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and move “from the division and the darkness of Donald Trump.”’

But he also urged them to not let up heading into 2022, saying next year will be pivotal in the country’s future.

Castro, the keynote speaker for the virtual convention, said the stimulus checks that went out to millions of Americans, the efforts to reduce child poverty and expand health care coverage are examples of the impact of having Biden in office vs. Trump.

“We know what a difference having Democrats in office makes,” he said.

He also sought to contrast the GOP, which he said has “gone off the rails” in support of Trump, who’s “holed up in Florida” and believes he’ll be reinstated to office. National media have reported that Trump has been telling associates he believes audits of last year’s results will lead to him being restored to office.

In contrast, Castro said, the Dem Party is open to everyone and “believes in the promise of our country.”

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