The Donald Trump convention starts tonight: President to travel to North Carolina before speaking four nights in a row as party agrees on platform with NO policy except supporting him for a second term
- Donald Trump is heading to North Carolina Monday afternoon as he prepares to speak all four nights of the Republican National Convention this week
- The RNC released a resolution on its 2020 platform that said it will not adopt a new platform from the 2016 convention until 2024
- ‘[T]he Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda,’ the RNC wrote in its resolution
- Delegates arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina – the original location of the convention – over the weekend
- Many speakers and events will take place remotely in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic
- While the RNC will not be fully virtual like the Democratic Convention was last week, the in-person events are severely scaled down
Donald Trump will start his week off in North Carolina Monday as he prepares to speak during the 10:00 p.m. hour all four nights of the Republican National Convention, where he will officially accept his nomination to run for reelection on Thursday.
Other than backing Trump, the Republican National Committee has not agreed on any other platform for the 2020 convention as the president is prepared to focus on the accomplishments of his first term rather than presenting plans for a second.
In a new resolution adopted Saturday from the previous 2016 platform, the RNC made six declarations and resolved four issues – but otherwise kept the four-year-old platform the same.
‘RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda,’ the RNC listed.
In a second point it said ‘[t]hat the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention.’
One of Trump’s unofficial 2020 slogans is, ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept,’ which will be on full display all four nights of the convention.
President Donald Trump is heading to North Carolina Monday afternoon as he prepares to speak all four nights of the Republican National Convention this week
Delegates arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina – the original location of the convention – over the weekend as many speakers prepare to make their remarks remotely in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic
While the RNC will not be fully virtual like the Democratic Convention was last week, the in-person events are severely scaled down
The RNC released a resolution on its 2020 platform that said it will not adopt a new platform from 2016 until 2024, but did reaffirm it will ‘enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda’
‘The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda,’ the RNC 2020 resolution reads.
The quadrennial event this year will also, in part, be put on by two producers who worked on ‘The Apprentice,’ the show where businessman Trump rose to reality television stardom.
Sadoux Kim is a longtime deputy to the show’s creator and is a lead consultant on the production of the convention. He served as a Miss Universe judge in the past when Trump owned the pageant.
Chuck LaBella, a former NBC entertainment executive, is also on the RNC payroll. He helped produce ‘The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.’
The convention this year will feature more logistical challenges as several speakers will join from remote locations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – similar to the Democratic convention last week.
The speaker line-up, which was released this weekend, is full of staunch Trump allies, both on and off Capitol Hill.
Traditionally, the party’s nominee only delivers remarks one night of the four-night nominating convention.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden did make appearances each night of his nominating events last week, but only made a keynote address on the final night on Thursday.
The Republican Convention has been partially planned and will be put on by two producers Sadoux Kim (left) and Chuck LaBella (right) who worked on ‘The Apprentice,’ the show where Trump rose to reality television stardom
Initially Trump all the events were scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Once the state’s Governor Roy Cooper decided large gathers would not be permitted in the midst of the pandemic, Trump moved his speech – and most of the marquee events – to Jacksonville, Florida where, at the time, lockdown orders were less restrictive.
As the Sunshine State went back into lockdown after experiencing a spike over the summer, Trump was forced to rethink his plans again.
The president will make his acceptance speech from the White House on Thursday and several other events and remarks during the convention will take place in federal grounds and buildings.
The president’s top campaign aides have spent the last few weeks scrambling to come up with a platform for the next four years as the makeup of the convention changed yet again.
Senior administration officials have admitted that they are learning toward pledging Trump will continue working toward hallmarks of his first term instead of presenting entirely new ideas in order for the president to appeal to his base and respond to criticism from his own party.
FULL REPUBLICAN CONVENTION LINE UP
Tim Scott, South Carolina senator
Steve Scalise, House Republican Whip and Louisiana representative who was shot during a congressional baseball game practice in June 2017
Matt Gaetz, Florida representative
Jim Jordan, Ohio representative
Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Ronna McDaniel Georgia, Republican National Committee Chairwoman
Vernon Jones, Georgia state representative
Amy Johnson Ford
Kimberly Guilfoyle, former Fox News host and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr.
Natalie Harp, on the campaign’s advisory board and healthcare advocate
Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA founder
Kim Klacik, black Republican running for Congress in Baltimore who went viral after urging black voters to break from Democrats
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, St. Louis couple who faced felony charges for defending their home by wielding guns at protesters passing their home
Sean Parnell, veteran running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 17th district
Andrew Pollack, school safety activist whose daughter Meadow was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018
Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s eldest son
Tanya Weinreis, Montana coffee shop owner and recipient of the Payment Protection Program grant
Melania Trump, first lady
Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
Rand Paul, Kentucky senator
Kim Reynolds, Iowa governor
Jeanette Nuñez, Florida lieutenant governor
Daniel Cameron, Kentucky attorney general
Pam Bondi, former Florida attorney general
Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director and pro-life activist
Myron Lizer, Vice President of the Navajo Nation
Mary Ann Mendoza, ‘Angel Mom’ who lost her police officer son in 2014 after he was in a head-on car collision with an illegal alien
Nicholas Sandmann, teenager whose confrontation with a Native American activist while wearing a MAGA hat near the Lincoln Memorial went viral
Eric Trump, the president’s son
Tiffany Trump, the president’s youngest daughter
Mike Pence, vice president
Karen Pence, second lady
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee senator
Joni Ernst, Iowa senator
Kristi Noem, South Dakota governor
Dan Crenshaw, Texas representative
Elise Stefanik, New York representative
Lee Zeldin, New York representative
Richard Grenell, former acting director of National Intelligence
Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor
Keith Kellogg, Pence’s National Security Advisor
Jack Brewer, former NFL player
Sister Dede Byrne, member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Madison Cawthorn, partially paralyzed Republican nominee for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district
Scott Dane, executive director of Associated Contract Loggers & Truckers of Minnesota
Clarence Henderson, civil rights activist
Ryan Holets, police officer known for adopting the baby of a homeless Heroin addicted woman he found behind a gas station
Michael McHale, president of National Association of Police Organizations
Burgess Owens, former NFL player running for Utah’s 4th congressional district
Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife
Donald J. Trump, president
Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development secretary
Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky senator
Tom Cotton, Arkansas senator
Kevin McCarthy, House Republican Leader and California representative
Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey representative who flipped from Democrat to Republican in the middle of his term
Ivanka Trump, president’s eldest daughter and senior adviser
Ja’Ron Smith, president’s assistant for domestic policy
Ann Dorn, widow of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn Dorn was shot and killed on June 2 at a pawn shop where he served as a security guard
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and president’s personal lawyer
Franklin Graham, evangelical leader
Alice Johnson, ex-inmate pardoned by Mr. Trump
Carl and Marsha Mueller, parents of Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian worker who was tortured and killed by ISIS
Dana White, UFC president
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