The Republican National Convention is set to kick off on Monday night, only days after Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
President Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday announced its list of more than 70 speakers for the four-day event, including Washington politicians, White House and campaign staff and the president’s family members.
While a small number of Republican delegates will be present at the convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, the majority of the RNC will be virtual with speakers appearing from various locations, NPR reported. North Carolina would not permit a large-scale event; thus, Republicans decided not to hold the rest of their convention there, according to CNN.
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The White House announced on Saturday that the President will be going to Charlotte on Monday as part of a day-long series of events in North and South Carolina.
He is also expected in attendance at Monday’s convention for the formal presidential nomination, The New York Times first reported. Although Trump is expected to take part in the other three nights, The New York Times noted that Monday will be the only in-person portion of the convention.
The RNC will culminate with Trump’s formal acceptance speech from The White House on Thursday.
Speakers on Monday include Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is the chair of the Trump Victory Committee’s finance committee.
Also scheduled to speak are Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.; and Patricia and Mark McCloskey—the couple from St. Louis who pointed guns at protesters this summer from outside their home.
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First lady Melania Trump will speak on Tuesday, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, and the president’s children Eric and Tiffany Trump.
Mary Ann Mendoza and Nicholas Sandmann will also take the stage.
Mendoza’s son, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, was killed by an immigrant in a drunken-driving collision in 2014.
Sandmann, a former Covington Catholic High School student, became a viral sensation among conservatives after his 2019 encounter with a Native American activist was caught on video. Sandmann went on to sue several media outlets for defamation.
Among those scheduled to speak on Weds. are Pence and second lady Karen Pence, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump, who is married to the president’s son Eric Trump.
Also on the schedule is Madison Cawthorn, the North Carolina candidate who won a Republican primary runoff for a congressional seat vacated by Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Speakers on the final night of the convention include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Rudy Giuliani and Ivanka Trump.
UFC President Dana White, evangelist Franklin Graham and the president, who will deliver his acceptance speech from the White House, will also speak.
Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller on Sunday told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the RNC will present an “optimistic and upbeat convention this week” versus what he characterized as a “massive grievance fest” voiced by the Democratic National Convention, CNN reported.
The RNC announced it will not have a platform, claiming it will continue to support whatever Trump decides.
How to Watch
The Republican Convention will air Monday through Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Central Standard Time.
The major broadcast networks and cable TV outlets, C-SPAN and PBS will cover the RNC.
It will also be live-streamed on the convention’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch pages as well as via Amazon Prime Video.