Republican National Convention

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Leonard Cohen's Estate 'Exploring Legal Options' Against RNC

Singer's estate is decidedly unhappy GOP used 'Hallelujah' against its wishes

(Newser) - The Republican National Convention trotted out Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," not once but twice after President Trump accepted his party's nomination—and the late singer's estate would like you to know that it definitely did not approve that message. As Vulture reports, the RNC used the... More »

Tenants: We Were Duped Into Video for the RNC

'I am not a Trump supporter,' says one of them

(Newser) - Those New York City housing tenants who appeared during the Republican National Convention? They're back in the news and crying foul: Three of the four say they were never told the interviews would be used during the RNC, the New York Times reports. "I am not a Trump... More »

4 Test Positive for COVID at RNC

All were sent home upon arrival

(Newser) - Health officials in Charlotte said Friday they conducted 792 coronavirus tests connected to the Republican National Convention, and four test results—for two attendees and two local employees—were positive, the Hill reports. "We had diligent safety protocols in place, including testing all attendees before arriving in Charlotte, and... More »

Rand Paul: Cops Just Saved My Life

Senator says he was 'attacked' by mob after Trump speech

(Newser) - Rand Paul says he was leaving the final night of the RNC on Thursday when he was "attacked by an angry mob." The Republican senator from Kentucky thanked Metropolitan Police "for literally saving our lives" in an early Friday tweet , saying he'd been swarmed by more... More »

5 Takeaways From the GOP Convention

Including clear signs that the GOP is Trump's party now

(Newser) - The assessments are rolling in from the Republican National Convention. A sampling:
  • Trump's party: Remember at the 2016 convention when Ted Cruz caused a ruckus by failing to endorse Trump in his speech? No fear of anything like that in 2020. "If any proof were needed as to
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Trump's Acceptance Speech Among the Longest Ever

He promises to put the first woman on the moon

(Newser) - President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention Thursday night by formally accepting the Republican nomination for president, which he did from the White House—the AP calls this the first political convention ever to be held there, and CNN notes Trump's was one of the longest acceptance speeches... More »

From 'I Alone Can Fix It,' to Another Nomination

Trump accepts the GOP nod on convention's final night

(Newser) - Joe Biden had his big night , and now President Trump has had his. He closed out the Republican National Convention Thursday night by accepting the GOP nomination from the South Lawn of the White House, where CNN notes the more than 1,500 guests mingled closely with few wearing masks.... More »

An Early Look at Trump's Convention Message

Politico reports he will attack Joe Biden aggressively

(Newser) - President Trump will cap the Republican National Convention with a speech from the South Lawn of the White House Thursday night. And while it's no surprise to learn that he will be going after Joe Biden, Politico reports that the speech will be especially aggressive on that front. Over... More »

Lara Trump Misquotes Lincoln, and More From RNC Night 3

Mike Pence closes out the night promising to 'make America great again, again'

(Newser) - President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara spoke Wednesday at the third night of the Republican National Convention, attributing this quote to Abraham Lincoln: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." The problem, as the... More »

Meadows: RNC Hatch Act Worries Are 'a Lot of Hoopla'

'Nobody outside of the Beltway really cares'

(Newser) - The Republican National Convention has featured what analysts say is an unprecedented blurring of the lines between campaigning and governing—but White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has dismissed concerns about violations of the Hatch Act. Legal observers believe the 1939 act, which bans most executive branch employees from... More »

RNC Night 2: Speaker Yanked, Pompeo, Melania's Compassion

Eric and Tiffany Trump also spoke

(Newser) - Before night two of the Republican National Convention had even begun, there was controversy: Mary Ann Mendoza, who had been scheduled to speak on President Trump's efforts to stop illegal immigration, was pulled from the schedule after retweeting a Twitter thread that included anti-Semitic and conspiratorial messages. As the... More »

Melania Trump Gets Chance to 'Rebrand' at Tonight's RNC

First lady has opportunity to offer a 'warmer' picture of president

(Newser) - Melania Trump is set to take the virtual stage Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, and a White House aide tells the Washington Post she's been working on her speech for days, with help from former press secretary Stephanie Grisham and Kellyanne Conway, who recently announced she's... More »

What You Need to Know From Night 1 of the RNC

Donald Trump Jr., Nikki Haley among speakers on first night

(Newser) - The Republican National Convention got underway Monday, a four-night affair that will culminate with President Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night. Trump, though, is breaking with tradition and is expected to speak on all four nights. In fact, he made surprise remarks early during Monday's proceedings after being formally... More »

Trump at RNC: To Drive Them Crazy, 'You Say 12 More Years'

President says 'I felt an obligation to come to North Carolina'

(Newser) - President Trump officially became the Republican Party's nominee for president Monday—and he made an unannounced appearance at the Republican National Convention after he had secured enough votes during the roll call of states. "I felt an obligation to come to North Carolina," he told delegates in... More »

Trump Is Breaking Tradition With His Convention

President is expected to speak on all 4 nights

(Newser) - 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... More »

GOP Hopes Convention Will Shift Campaign's Focus

Speaker lineup is heavy on family, cultural warriors, and Trump's staunchest defenders

(Newser) - Republicans will aim to recast the story of Donald Trump's presidency when they hold their national convention beginning Monday, featuring speakers drawn from everyday life as well as cable news and the White House while drawing a stark contrast with Joe Biden. Trump is looking to shift his campaign... More »

Teen in Viral Confrontation to Speak at RNC

Nicholas Sandmann sued various news outlets over coverage

(Newser) - The teenager whose interaction with a Native American man at last year's Indigenous Peoples March went viral has been announced as a speaker at the Republican National Convention. Nicholas Sandmann, who went on to sue news outlets on the basis that they mischaracterized him as a racist, announced the... More »

Trump: I'll Accept GOP Nomination at White House or Gettysburg

Final decision is coming soon, he says

(Newser) - President Trump is considering accepting the Republican nomination with a Gettysburg address. The president tweeted Monday that the site of his acceptance speech on Aug. 27 has been narrowed down to two locations: "The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C." The White... More »

RNC Bans Media From Convention

Due to the pandemic

(Newser) - When Donald Trump accepts the Republican party's presidential nomination later this month, well, you won't hear it from the Fourth Estate. The Republican National Convention has banned the press from its proceedings later this month due to the pandemic, with a rep telling the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that "... More »

Jacksonville Convention Is Off

Trump said he needs to keep his supporters safe

(Newser) - "The timing for the event is not right," President Trump said Thursday. "To have a big convention is not the right time." So Republicans will not be gathering in Jacksonville next month for their national convention. Trump made the announcement during his coronavirus briefing at the... More »

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