18.05.2022

Schedule, speakers, and how to watch the Republican National Convention

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The Republican National Convention began on Monday morning and will culminate with Donald Trump accepting the party’s presidential nomination on Thursday.

Both the Democratic and Republican national conventions serve as conferences for party officials to develop party platforms and rules for the following cycle’s elections. Most of the working sessions occur during the day, while high-profile figures representing or supporting the party give speeches during the evenings.

Like the DNC last week, much of the RNC will be remote due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, a small number of delegates from each state have travelled to the site of the convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally cast their votes to re-nominate Mr Trump. Mr Trump said that he planned to give his speech live from the White House South Lawn.

Each day of the Republican convention has been assigned a theme; Monday’s is “Land of Promise,” Tuesday’s is “Land of Opportunity,” Wednesday’s is “Land of Heroes” and Thursday’s is “Land of Greatness”.

Mr Trump had indicated he intends to speak during every night of the event.

When to Watch

The RNC will run Monday through Thursday from 8.30pm until 11pm eastern US time.

Where can you watch?

Broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC will each run an hour of primetime coverage of the event beginning at 10pm. Each of the networks’ personal streaming services will feature extended coverage.

CNN’s coverage will begin at 8pm and run until 2am.

Fox Business and Fox News will both carry coverage of the convention. Coverage begins at 9pm on Fox Business and will run throughout the day and evening on Fox News.

MSNBC will have seven hours of coverage every night, which will likely include pre and post-convention analysis sessions.

PBS and CSPAN will both carry the convention. PBS’s coverage will run from 8 until 11pm, while CSPAN will cover both the nightly sessions beginning at 8pm and the morning sessions.

Viewers can also find the RNC available via video streaming sites Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, NBC News Now, Roku and Xumo TV. Hulu is streaming the convention via ABC News regardless of one’s subscription level.

Who will be speaking?

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Monday’s session will include messages from Senator Tim Scott, Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan, former US ambassador Nikki Haley, right-wing commentator Charlie Kirk, the St Louis gun couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey and Donald Trump Jr, among others.

Tuesday’s session will include messages from First Lady Melania Trump and Donald Trump’s children Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump, as well as from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senator Rand Paul, among others.

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen will speak, as well as Senators Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst, South Dakota’s governor Kristi Noem, Representative Dan Crenshaw, Kellyanne Conway and Lara Trump, among others.

Thursday’s speakers will include Secretary of US Housing and Development Ben Carson, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Tom Cotton, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, Ivanka Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Franklin Graham and Ultimate Fighting League president Dana White, among others.

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