Republicans attack Biden, defend record on racism as Trump launches bid for second term | AFP

US Republicans launch their national convention with a full-throated endorsement of President Donald Trump’s record, while attacking Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Trump blames the “plague from China” for derailing his administration’s progress, and his right-wing firebrand son Donald Jr says Joe Biden is “basically the Loch Ness Monster”.

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