Republicans formally nominate Trump to be Republican candidate for President of the United States


Republicans kicked off night one of the Republican National Convention Monday with a theme focused around the “Land of Promise” after formally nominating President Donald Trump earlier in the day in Charlotte, North Carolina. ~

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott delivered the closing speech on the first night of the party’s convention, and touched on his own roots as the son of mother who “worked 16 hours a day to keep food on the table” and a “roof over our heads” as they shared a two-bedroom house with his grandparents (CNN). President Trump will participate in every day of the Republican National Convention, an untraditional move for the nominee who is typically highlighted on the final night of festivities. ~

The convention was originally scheduled for an arena in Charlotte. After the coronavirus pandemic forced widespread lockdowns, Republicans in June moved the events to Jacksonville, Fla., when the governor of North Carolina couldn’t guarantee the large-scale event could proceed as planned. Then in July, as coronavirus continued, Trump canceled the Jacksonville events. A portion of delegates showed up in-person for a small gathering in Charlotte to cast their vote for Trump’s nomination on the first day of the convention (FOX). ~

Despite President Trump’s interest in an in-person convention, this year’s RNC is largely virtual (Variety). Trump is slated to give his acceptance speech on the fourth and final night of the convention on Thursday, Aug. 27 — “probably” delivered from the White House, he told the New York Post. During one such event, Trump will honor first responders of the coronavirus crisis, including doctors, nurses and Emergency Medical Technicians. First Lady Melania Trump spoke at the event Tuesday, and Trump’s children Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany Trump are all scheduled to speak at the convention in the coming days. Other high-profile speakers at the convention arte Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Vice President Mike Pence will deliver his speech on Aug. 26 from Fort McHenry in Baltimore. ~


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