Republicans have kicked off night one of the Republican National Convention tonight with a theme focused around the “Land of Promise” after formally nominating President Donald Trump earlier in the day.
While the in-person Democratic National Convention was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans began their convention with an in-person roll call in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then move to remote speeches largely from an auditorium in Washington, DC — but, in an unprecedented move, also from the White House.
The start to the Republican convention comes as the first polls since the DNC last week show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has gained popularity, but has not widened his lead over Trump.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appeared at the roll call in North Carolina on Monday to thank delegates.
Notable speakers tonight will include some of Trump’s Republican allies in Congress (Sen. Tim Scott, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Jim Jordan), former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
Besides lawmakers, tonight’s program includes a list of speakers who appear to have credited the Trump administration and Republicans for policy successes or who have been successful examples of the President’s policies in action.
The lineup will include the father of a student killed in the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, a GOP congressional candidate who starred in a viral video about “the reality for Black people” in Baltimore and a coffee shop owner who was the first to qualify for a Paycheck Protection Program loan in Montana.
There will also be remarks by Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the couple who drew national attention this summer after they were filmed brandishing guns at a group of protesters who were walking along the neighborhood’s private street, en route to the St. Louis mayor’s residence to advocate for policing reform.
The night’s event began with this video: