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Analysis Of The First Night Of The Republican National Convention




Wearing a face mask to reduce the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus, Donald Trump Jr. (R) watches his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle as she pre-records her address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Wearing a face mask to reduce the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus, Donald Trump Jr. (R) watches his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle as she pre-records her address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Tuesday’s program at the Republican National Convention is likely to wade into familiar waters, with a lineup expected to speak on divisive issues like abortion and “cancel culture,” while lambasting Democratic rival Joe Biden and the Democrats’ progressive wing.

Unlike Democrats, who shifted their convention to an all-virtual affair, Republicans kept a scaled-down, in-person gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina. Several hundred delegates gathered there Monday voted to renominate President Donald Trump, but there are no in-person meetings for delegates scheduled the rest of the week. Trump appeared frequently during the first day of his party’s convention. He’s expected to make an appearance during prime-time Tuesday night. With Biden’s proposals already cast as “socialist” and “radical,” the president is likely to revive those criticisms in any remarks. First lady Melania Trump is set to give the marquee address from the Rose Garden. She has focused on anti-bullying initiatives during her tenure in the White House. The theme for the evening is “Land of Opportunity,” with additional speakers planning to highlight Trump’s policies on trade, abortion and the opioid crisis. Today on AirTalk, we get the latest analysis of the RNC from NPR’s Ron Elving and discuss what’s to be expected in the coming days. We also want to hear from you. Do you have thoughts? Call 866-893-5722.

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets at @NPRrelving