RNC highlights ‘Great American Story’ with convention speakers

The Democrats have said their piece, and now it’s the Republican party’s turn.

The Trump campaign has released its list of speakers for the Republican National Convention, and it seems calculated to thrill, featuring party lawmakers, conservative folk heroes, and members of the president’s family.

RNC lineup revealed

The theme of the four nights will be “Honoring the Great American Story,” and President Donald Trump will reportedly speak at some point each evening.

In the midst of riots sweeping through American cities, Trump is expected to double down on his theme of law and order and other culture war topics, like threats to the right to bear arms and cancel culture.

Nicholas Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing former Covington Catholic high school student who unwittingly became the center of a national cancel culture firestorm over a hate hoax, will make an appearance Tuesday night. Sandmann settled defamation lawsuits worth millions with CNN and the Washington Post this year.

A highlight of Monday evening’s program promises to be an appearance from Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple that became folk heroes of sorts to many Americans after defending their home from restive demonstrators this summer. Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland high school shooting, will also speak.

On the more conventional side, Republican lawmakers like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) will appear, as well as pro-Trump stalwarts like Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

Law and order, criminal justice themes likely

Other speakers include members of Trump’s family, namely Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lara Trump, and President Trump’s wife Melania.

The convention, like the Democrats’ before it, will be operated mostly virtually, with a physical base in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trump made an appearance at the convention in Charlotte on Monday to accept the nomination.

“This is the most important election in the history of our country,” Trump said. “This is the biggest.”

While it would be surprising for Trump to neglect a law and order theme, he is likely to highlight his administration’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system as well, with a speech from Alice Marie Johnson, who Trump pardoned for drug trafficking.

President Trump will accept his party’s nomination at the White House on Thursday.

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