The 2020 Republican National Convention kicked into full swing Monday night, complete with speeches from a slew of Republican politicians, conservative figures and frontline medical workers.
The convention officially began earlier in the day in Charlotte, North Carolina, the original scheduled site of the RNC. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both flew in and gave speeches to the social distanced attendees.
Monday night’s theme — “Land of Promises” — portrayed actions taken by the Trump administration as instrumental in stemming the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “Right to Try” advocate Natalie Harp and West Virginia nurse Amy Johnson Ford both thanked Trump for his administration’s expansion of access to lifesaving treatments and telehealth services.
Trump is scheduled to deliver his keynote acceptance speech Thursday night, but he also spoke in two pre-taped segments, an unusual feature for a political convention. The first featured a number of coronavirus frontline workers, while the second featured Americans freed by the administration after being imprisoned abroad.
Two speakers, football star Herschel Walker and Democratic Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, delivered impassioned remarks rebutting claims that Trump is racist. Walker spoke on his 37-year-long friendship with Trump and claimed to be personally hurt by individuals who think he would carry on such a long relationship with a racist.
Jones praised Trump’s work on criminal justice reform and for putting “black workers first … when Obama wouldn’t do it.”