Republican National Convention Speakers List Revealed: Trump's Barely Famous Friends Set to Take the Stage in Cleveland
“It’s very important to put some showbiz into a convention, otherwise people are going to fall asleep,” Donald Trump said back in April.
Well, the Republican National Convention released a partial list Thursday of the few politicians, D-list celebrities and numerous Donald Trump family members who will be speaking at next week’s convention and boy, so much for showbiz.
Trump’s managed to wrangle a former “Real World” cast member, a professional golfer, who is currently ranked 484th in the world, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Peter Thiel — but that is basically it.
Delegates will be treated to an array of riveting speakers like soap opera star Antonio Sabato Jr. and Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow. Former “Real World” house guest turned Republican Congressman Sean Duffy has agreed to speak, after earlier sounding hesitant about his role.
To kick off the festivities in Cleveland on Monday, Trump and Republicans plan to host a “Bengazhi themed” night highlighting the September 11, 2012 attacks,according to The New York Times. The Times also reported that the RNC will feature a presentation outlining former President Bill Clinton’s sex life at some point during the convention.
Nearly all of Trump’s children are set to speak at the convention next week, and even his wife, Melania, plans to address the nation.
While vocal Trump supporter Sarah Palin is conspicuously missing from the list, Trump backer and and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel appears to be the first openly gay person to speak at a GOP convention.
The GOP’s past two nominees, Mitt Romney and John McCain, along with the entire Bush family, will not be in Cleveland next week.
Below is a partial confirmed list, notice all of the notable Republicans missing:
Pastor Mark Burns
Congressman Ryan Zinke
Congressman Michael McCaul
Sheriff David Clarke
Congressman Sean Duffy
Senator Tom Cotton
Governor Mike Huckabee
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Senator Joni Ernst
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Senator Jeff Sessions
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Speaker Paul Ryan
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Dr. Ben Carson
Co-Chair Sharon Day
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Senator Ted Cruz
Michelle Van Etten
Congressman Chris Collins
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Governor Mary Fallin
Governor Rick Scott
Chairman Reince Priebus
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Senator Mitch McConnell
Governor Chris Christie
Donald J. Trump Jr.
Governor Scott Walker
Here are more details from the Times:
Night 1: A Benghazi focus, followed by border patrol agents and Mr. Shaw, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Senator Cotton, Mr. Giuliani, Melania Trump, Ms. Ernst and others.
Night 2: A focus on the economy: Mr. White, president of the U.F.C.; Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas; Michael Mukasey, the former United States attorney general; Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a vice-presidential possibility; Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader; Tiffany Trump; Donald Trump Jr. and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Night 3: Ms. Bondi; Ms. Collins; Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker; Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Eric Trump; Ms. Gulbis; and the nominee for vice president.
Night 4: Mr. Tebow; Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma; Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committeechairman; Gov. Rick Scott of Florida; Mr. Thiel; Mr. Barrack; Ivanka Trump; Donald J. Trump.