Who’s speaking at the RNC? Here’s what we know so far. – USA TODAY

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin Monday, taking place virtually in both Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump is expected to accept the Republican presidential nomination from the White House on Thursday, Aug. 27. 

The theme of the convention is “Honoring the Great American Story,” and Republicans will be speaking from historic locations in and around Washington, Vice President Mike Pence is likely to be give his speech from the Fort McHenry national monument in Baltimore Wednesday, according to the Washington Post

While the list of speakers has not been publicly announced by the Republican National Committee, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fl., former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, are expected to speak next week. First lady Melania Trump and some of Trump’s children are slated to speak on Tuesday night, according to the Post. 

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Shortly after an aide initially announced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would not be speaking at the convention next week, the statement was withdrawn, stating that there was miscommunication. A source told USA TODAY that McConnell will be submitting taped remarks for the convention. 

Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis, June 28, 2020.

There are also several non-lawmakers expected to speak at the convention as well, including Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who were recorded pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in June and faced felony charges before they were dropped. 

Other speakers include: Nick Sandmann, the high school student criticized after a video showing him staring at Nathan Phillips, a Native American man, during a 2019 demonstration; former Planned Parenthood director and anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson and Andrew Pollack, a father of a student killed at the Parkland High School shooting in 2018. Pollack is also a gun rights advocate.  

Alice Johnson, the grandmother who was freed by Trump at Kim Kardashian’s request, will also be speaking next week. Johnson was sentenced to life without parole in 1997 because of her role in a drug-dealing ring. After a visit from Kardashian and as a part of his criminal justice reform push, Trump commuted her sentence to time served in June 2018.  

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Just as the Democratic National Convention, each night of the RNC will have a different sub-themes to go along with the overall theme. Monday night will be “Land of Promise,” Tuesday will be “Land of Opportunity,” Wednesday will be “Land of Heroes” and Thursday, when Trump will give his acceptance speech, will be “Land of Greatness.”  


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