Trump Is Breaking Tradition With His Convention

President is expected to speak on all 4 nights
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2020 6:10 AM CDT
Trump Is Breaking Tradition With His Convention
President Trump speaks during a media briefing in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

It's President Trump's turn. The Republican National Convention begins Monday night, and it will be unprecedented in a Trump-centric way: The president is expected to speak on each of the four nights in the 10pm hour, culminating with his Thursday night acceptance speech, reports the AP. Typically, the presidential candidate speaks only on the final night. "Think of each night like an episode," one insider tells Jonathan Swan of Axios. "And what would an episode be without an appearance from the star?" More:

  • When/where: The prime-time coverage is scheduled to run from 8:30pm to 11pm each night. While the Democratic convention was all-virtual, Republicans will have a mix of remote speeches and in-person events in Charlotte, NC, per Vox. In addition to network coverage, it will be streamed on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

  • Speakers: Here is the full list and schedule, via Politico. CNN has the five most interesting to watch as, in order, Trump (meaning Thursday night's acceptance speech), former UN ambassador Nikki Haley (Monday), Mike Pence (Wednesday), Donald Trump Jr. (Monday), and Melania Trump (Tuesday). Whether Kellyanne Conway will still speak is up in the air in the wake of her announcement that she's leaving the White House.
  • Missing: In another break with tradition, the only living former GOP president—George W. Bush—will not make an appearance, notes the Washington Post. Nor will the 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, who is on the outs with Trump since voting for his impeachment.
(More Republican National Convention stories.)

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