It's been a Republican National Convention of inspirational family tributes, plagiarism accusations, and a major diss by a former presidential contender. On Day 4, however, which Vox notes will boast a "Make America One Again" theme, the GOP hopes to bring the focus squarely back to the guest of honor. Donald Trump will take the RNC stage Thursday evening to claim a prize most never thought he'd win: the GOP nomination for president. The New York Times wonders if Trump (whom it calls "a force that cannot be tamed") will be Trump or if he'll do what many insider Republicans are hoping for: "cast a wider net" with a "populist message" to sway independent voters away from Hillary Clinton. The paper also notes that, with the headliner taking the stage for his big moment, more groups of demonstrators are expected to descend upon Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, perhaps creating a tinderbox of tension that so far has literally burst into flames but not yet an inferno.
Introducing Trump onstage will be his oldest daughter, Ivanka, who the Wall Street Journal says has been given "one of the most visible—and toughest—jobs" at the convention. Ivanka is expected to not only lavish praise on her father from a personal POV like her stepmom, brothers, and sister have done, but also to convince women voters that Donald is a women's advocate—and that she's "living proof" of that. RNC head Reince Priebus will also take the stage after what USA Today calls "the longest year of his life," as will PayPal co-founder and Gawker nemesis Peter Thiel, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who's tried to help raise Trump's cred among evangelicals. Thiel's is the most anticipated speech among those three for Vox, which notes "this is a really, really poorly organized convention and Thiel might say anything."