The Republican National Convention begins today, Monday, August 24. The four-night event will renominate Donald Trump for the presidency.
Most of the speeches will be delivered from DC, while some events will be done in the host city, Charlotte, North Carolina, Intelligencer reports. A majority of the speeches in DC will occur at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium with a live audience.
The location of the event has been the center of controversy this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. Charlotte, North Carolina was the original host city. President Trump controversially changed the location to Jacksonville, Florida in an attempt to avoid Charlotte’s Covid-19 precautionary restrictions. Florida Covid-19 cases spiked and consequently, the honor of hosting was given back to Charlotte, NC. Delegates are meeting in person in Charlotte.
President Trump surprised delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina to give a speech today, August 24.
RNC 2020 Speaker Lineup
The speaker lineup for the Republican National Convention is as follows :
August 24, 2020, is Trump and Pence’s official and formal re-nomination. It is themed “Land of Heroes” and features keynote speaker is Senator Tim Scott. Other notable speakers include Representative Steve Scalise, Representative Matt Gaetz, Representative Jim Jordan, Nikki Haley, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Georgia state representative Vernon Jones. In addition, Amy Johnson Ford, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Natalie Harp, Charlie Kirk, Kim Klacik, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, Sean Parnell, Andrew Pollack, Donald Trump Jr., and Tanya Weinreis will also speak.
August 25, 2002, revolves around “Land of Promise” with First Lady Melania Trump delivering a keynote speech in her newly renovated garden. Other speakers include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Rand Paul, Governor Kim Reynolds, Florida lieutenant governor Jeanette Nuñez, and Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron. As well as Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, Abby Johnson, Jason Joyce, Myron Lizer, Mary Ann Mendoza, Megan Pauley. Additionally, Cris Peterson, John Peterson, Nicholas Sandmann, Eric Trump, and Tiffany Trump
August 26, 2020, is themed “Land of Opportunity” featuring a keynote speech by Vice-President Mike Pence. Other speakers include Second Lady Karen Pence, Senator Marsha Blackburn, Senator Joni Ernst, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Representative Dan Crenshaw, Representative Elise Stefanik, Representative Lee Zeldin, Richard Grenell. In addition, Kellyanne Conway, Keith Kellogg, Jack Brewer, Sister Dede Byrne, Madison Cawthorn will also speak. As well as Scott Dane, Clarence Henderson, Ryan Holets, Michael McHale, Burgess Owens, and Lara Trump.
The last day, August 27, will be centered around the theme, “Land of Greatness.” President Trump will give his acceptance speech from the White House lawn. Other speakers on the RNC’s last day include Ben Carson, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Tom Cotton, Representative Kevin McCarthy, Representative Jeff Van Drew. As well as, Ivanka Trump, Ja’Ron Smith, Ann Dorn, Debbie Flood, Rudy Giuliani, Franklin Graham. Additionally, Alice Johnson, Wade Mayfield, Carl and Marsha Mueller, and Dana White.
According to NY Times, President Trump will speak every night of the RNC. Aides explained how the current president is handling his part in the convention differently than most nominees. “Typically, the nominee makes a mundane appearance early in the convention — waving or watching from the wings — before a major speech at the end,” they told the Times. “Mr. Trump has dismissed that model and now plans to directly address the nation in prime-time on each of the convention’s four nights.”
How to Watch 2020 Republican National Convention
The RNC has given an extensive list of how to view the 2020 convention. It will be available to stream on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Twitch, and Amazon Prime. The GOP convention website lists 121(SD) and 1212(HD) as the channel numbers for AT&T U-Verse television users. It lists Channel 201 for Direct TV and Channel 700 for Direct TV Puerto Rico. Additionally, portions of the prime-time lineup will be aired by major TV stations. Cable-news networks will deliver fuller coverage and analysis, according to Intelligencer.