(Reuters) – This week’s Republican National Convention will be a four-day celebration of President Donald Trump, featuring a younger generation who may be hoping for a White House shot in 2024, as well as a couple from St. Louis who brandishes guns among anti-racist protesters.
Here’s a look at the speakers featured in a mix of live and virtual programming that begins Monday and runs from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT nightly.
ASSET AND FAMILY
The theme of the nominating convention will be “Honoring Great American History” and will end with a live acceptance speech by Trump Thursday evening from the South Lawn of the White House.
The president, who follows Democratic candidate Joe Biden in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, will be the center of attention and will speak every evening, campaign sources say, including an event during from which he will honor the doctors, nurses and other workers on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump’s children, including Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, will also get prominent roles.
Some government ethics experts have expressed concern over the use of federal property as the stage for partisan political speeches, but a law prohibiting the use of federal funds for election appearances excludes the president and vice president. In 1940, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted his party’s nomination by the White House via radio.
Republicans are looking to take a more optimistic view for the country, seeking a contrast to what they saw as the Democrats’ most disturbing prospect presented at their convention last week.
On Monday, the theme of the convention will be “Land of Promise”, Tuesday will be “Land of Opportunity”, Wednesday will focus on “Land of Heroes” and events will end on Thursday with “Land of Greatness”.
Trump changed my life
Trump has been criticized for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 170,000 Americans and triggered a severe economic downturn, as well as his reaction to nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality against black Americans.
To counter this criticism, the convention will feature ordinary Americans who will say that Trump has positively changed their lives, according to a member of the Trump campaign.
They will also sound the alarm bells about the dangers of a Biden victory in November.
Among them are Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a couple from St. Louis who drew guns in front of Black Lives Matter protesters who marched through their gated community in July. They were charged with gun-related offenses in what Trump called “disgrace.” Their lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said their appearance was confirmed by Republican organizers.
Other citizen speakers included Police Sergeant Ann Dorn, whose husband, retired Police Captain David Dorn, was killed during violent protests in St. Louis in June; Tanya Weinreis, who will say her Montana coffee shop and the livelihoods of her employees were saved by a loan from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Paycheck Protection Program, and the parents of Kayla Mueller, a murdered aid worker by the militant group of the Islamic State.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida school massacre, will also speak. He is an advocate for improving school security measures, including armed guards.
The convention will also feature Republicans seen as future candidates in the 2024 presidential election.
Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday. He will deliver his remarks from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, made famous in the War of 1812 when it was successfully defended against an attack by the British Navy, inspiring the poem that became the lyrics of the US national anthem. , “The Star-Spangled Banner. “
Other speakers included Nikki Haley, former Trump ambassador to the United Nations; South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem; Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; and Donald Trump Jr., whom some party members want Trump’s legacy to continue.
The Trump campaign has also given speaking roles to members of the Senate and House of Representatives facing difficult re-election battles, including Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of the Kentucky and Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who defected from the Democratic Party.
Some Republican incumbents facing difficult re-election challenges, however, are conspicuously absent from leading roles, including Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Martha McSally of Arizona.
Republican programming will include fewer women and diverse voices than the Democratic convention. While more than 20 women are expected to speak this week, Democratic women dominated debates last week, with the first three evenings ending with addresses by former first lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and candidate for Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Reporting by Tim Reid, Jarrett Renshaw and James Oliphant; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Peter Cooney