Republican National convention begins Monday. Here’s who and what to watch
Republicans will host a scaled down, in-person convention to nominate President Donald Trump for second term to the White House.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Republican National Convention begins Monday.
Because of the pandemic, a select group of Republican Party delegates will convene — six from each state and territory — for four days in Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally nominate President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to the top of the Republican ticket for a second term in November’s election.
The GOP has modified this year’s convention and nomination process, but not to the extent Democrats did in their all-virtual gathering.
“The Republican National Committee modified the rules to align with the state’s current restrictions in place so that fewer delegates and staff are required to gather in Charlotte,” the RNC shared on its website.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee will be one of those in-person delegates.
North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said in early June that he wanted the state to host the convention, but couldn’t guarantee a full arena of supporters because of pandemic precautions, The Charlotte Observer reported.
“We want to make sure that it held in a safe way to protect the health of North Carolinians,” the governor said.
Delegates will have their symptoms and temperatures checked daily, social distancing will be enforced at all convention venues and masks and additional PPE to meet North Carolina state regulations will be provided to all participants, according to the RNC.
How to watch
The four-day convention will appear on streaming services, social media platforms and cable networks. These include Amazon Prime Video, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch, according to a post on the GOP Convention website.
The convention’s prime-time events start at 8:30p.m. EST, with major network coverage beginning at 10 p.m. President Trump is expected to speak in some capacity all four evenings, The New York Times reported.
A rundown of participants
Monday, Aug. 24
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York
Dolan will offer an invocation on Monday as the four-day convention kicks off. Dolan said accepting an offer to pray at the convention wasn’t a political endorsement and he has prayed at the Democratic National convention in the past, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
“As a priest, one of my most sacred obligations is to try and respond positively whenever I am invited to pray. Prayer is speaking to God, offering Him praise, thanking Him for His many blessings, and asking for His intercession; it is not political or partisan,” the cardinal said in a statement.
- South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the sole Black Republican in the Senate
- Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz
- Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan
- Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley
- Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones
- Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox personality and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend
- Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point, USA, a conservative student political organization
- Kim Klacik, a Black woman running for Congress in Maryland as a Republican
- Mark and Patricia McCloskey. The couple garnered national attention when they pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters from outside their St. Louis mansion early this summer, The Associated Press reported.
The McCloskeys, both lawyers, were each charged with a felony for unlawfully brandishing the firearms at the protests, which Second Amendment advocates said was in defense of their home, according to The Washington Post.
- Andrew Pollack. He is a school safety advocate and father of a 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School shooing victim.
- Donald Trump, Jr., the son of the president
Tuesday, Aug. 25
- First lady Melania Trump
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
- Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez
- Abby Johnson. She is a former Planned Parenthood clinic directer turned activist and author of “Unplanned” will presumably address the party’s anti-abortion agenda.
- Myron Lizer, vice president of the Navajo Nation
- Nicholas Sandmann. The high school student wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat during a school trip to Washington, D.C. last year, where a video of he and his fellow Covington Catholic High School classmates went viral after media outlets accused the high schoolers of trying to intimidate a Native American. In reality, the boys and the Native Americans were actually being harassed, together, by a group of protesters, according to RealClear Politics.
- Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump, children of the president
Wednesday, Aug. 26
- Vice President Mike Pence
- Second lady Karen Pence
- Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn
- Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst
- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem
- Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw
- Kellyanne Conway, a Trump advisor
- Sister Dede Byrne, a Catholic sister and retired U.S. Army doctor
- Madison Cawthorn, Trump-endorsed Congressional candidate from North Carolina
- Michael McHale, president of the National Association of Police Organizations
- Burgess Owens, running to unseat Utah’s sole Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams
- Lara Trump, daughter of the president
Thursday, Aug. 27
- President Donald Trump, who will formally accept the 2020 nomination.
- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
- Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California
- Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of Trump
- Ja’Ron Smith, a presidential adviser
- Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and Trump’s personal attorney
- Franklin Graham, son of Evangelical Billy Graham and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse
- Carl and Marsha Mueller, parents of Kayla Mueller — a humanitarian worker killed by ISIS