Jun 10, 2024 - Politics & Policy

The summer of never-before

Illustration of a shattered calendar.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Never before has a former president been sentenced for a crime.

  • Never before has a felon accepted the nomination of a major party.

Never before has a man as old as former President Trump, who turns 78 on Friday, accepted the nomination of a major party. (President Biden was 77 in 2020.)

  • Trump will set that record at the Republican convention in July — then be beaten five weeks later by President Biden, 81, at the Democratic convention.

Never before has a general-election presidential debate been held before fall.

  • Never before has a wartime Israeli leader addressed Congress.

Why it matters: All that — and so much more — will happen during this summer of never-before.

Check out the crazy 30-day stretch of news in this historic, hysteric summer:

The Democratic convention begins in Chicago on Aug. 19 — 70 days from today.

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