President Trump Formally Nominated At First Night Of RNC 2020 Convention

A scaled-back Republican National Convention kicked-off on Monday night in in Charlotte, N.C., with a roll call vote to formally renominate President Donald Trump to the Republican ticket this November. Vice President Mike Pence made brief comments at the convention after he was also renominated.

The overall theme of the convention is “Honoring the Great American Story.  A Trump campaign official said they will be highlighting “the promise and greatness of America” and the President’s “leadership and what he has planned for the future. Each night will also have a sub-theme; on Monday, it was “Land of Promise.”

In-person events, including Monday’s roll call of delegates, took place at the Charlotte Convention Center. Other events will mostly be virtual, including Trump’s acceptance speech from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday.  Speakers on Day 1 of the RNC included Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who were charged after waving guns at Black Lives Matter protesters near their property; Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina; Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana; former South Carolina Gov. and Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley; and Donald Trump Jr.

Watch live: 2020 Republican National Convention — night 1


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