Donald Trump will speak on all four nights of the Republican convention, and all of his adult children will be given key speaking slots.
The line-up, released on Sunday a day ahead of the convention, revealed an event heavily focused on the president and his family.
“You’ll have President Trump speaking at various parts for each of the nights,” Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller told host Chuck Todd on NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday while announcing the line-up.
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The decision by Mr Trump to speak every evening is a unique one for a party’s national convention, where typically the chosen candidate will wait to speak until the final night. As per tradition, Mr Trump’s wife will also given a prominent speaking slot at the event.
The convention comes quick on the heels of the Democratic National Convention, which the party used to portray its candidate Joe Biden as a vote for decency and competence over Mr Trump’s brash and chaotic leadership style.
Mr Miller described the DNC‘s message last week as a “massive grievance fest,” while the RNC would reportedly focus on a “beautiful story”.
“One of the things you’re going to see this week is a complete change in the perception that I believe that the media tries to tell about what a Trump supporter looks like or who a Trump supporter is we’re going to talk about the American story,” Mr Miller said, adding the convention would focus on the president’s accomplishments these past four years while boasting what’s to come for the second term.
“We are going to see a great uplifting message from the president and from our allies, and Chuck when I tell you some of these stories that you hear they’re going to be some breakout stars, some people that you would not expect to be supporters of the President, and it’s going to tell a very beautiful story,” he said.
Mr Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to be in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday evening when delegates will assemble to officially nominate the presidential ticket.
The line-up for the RNC, which will be largely virtual with a few live events, will involve prominent Republicans and a number of Trump family members, including all four of the president’s adult children.
Donald Trump Jr and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump 2020 campaign adviser, are both set to speak on Monday evening.
That evening will also include Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
First Lady Melania Trump will speak on Tuesday evening, as well as Mr Trump’s second son, Eric Trump, and his youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump. Members outside the Trump family set to speak on Tuesday include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds – who has gained prominence amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday night will be when Mr Pence will formally accept his nomination as Mr Trump’s running mate at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Second Lady Karen Pence will join him at the event and speak. The couple will share the evening with White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Eric Trump’s wife Lara Trump, Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem – another governor who has gained prominently amid the pandemic.
Donald Trump will then officially accept the nomination for the Republican’s presidential candidate on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday evening. Prior to his speech, his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, will introduce him to the stage.
Other speakers on Thursday evening include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
A full line-up of the RNC speakers can be found here.