A Viewers’ Guide to the Republican National Convention: Thursday


The fourth and final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention will feature President Donald Trump’s speech accepting his party’s nomination to run for another term.

Breaking with tradition, the president will speak from the South Lawn of the White House.

Thursday’s theme is “Land of Greatness.” Here’s a look at the evening’s main events, starting at 8:30 p.m. New York time, and where to see them:

How to Watch

All major broadcast networks will air an hour of convention coverage each night from 10 to 11 p.m. New York time and cable news channels will showcase the full two and a half-hour programs beginning at 8:30 p.m. each night. No cable? No problem. The event will be streamed on Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Peacock and Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Alexa users can even ask the device to play the Republican National Convention.

Thursday’s Marquee Speakers

Slated to speak: Trump, Ivanka Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Ja’Ron Smith, adviser to the president.

Additional speakers include Alice Johnson who was pardoned by Trump after a campaign by Kim Kardashian for him to, UFC president Dana White, Ann Dorn whose husband, a police officer, was killed in St. Louis, Carl and Marsha Miller, parents of a U.S. aid worker killed by ISIS, and evangelical leader Franklin Graham.

What to Watch

  • Trump’s speech will be the starting gun for the final stretch of campaigning before the election.
  • Ivanka Trump, who has taken a prominent and controversial role in the administration, will introduce her father.
  • McConnell’s office initially said he would not be speaking but then reversed that decision.
  • Giuliani frequently goes off script and was deeply involved in the Ukraine affairs that Trump was impeached for earlier this year.
  • Cotton is said to be considering a 2024 presidential run.

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