Donald Trump is officially nominated as Republicans' 2020 candidate

BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump is officially nominated as Republicans’ 2020 candidate on first morning of scaled-back convention – and makes surprise appearance to chants of ‘four more years’ and calls election ‘most important of our lifetime’

  • Donald Trump made a stop at the Republican National Convention Monday
  • The surprise speech came just after delegates formally nominated Trump to become the the Republican presidential candidate in November 
  • Trump is preparing to speak all four nights of the Republican Convention this week – in addition to the surprise speech on Monday afternoon
  • It also came as his campaign released it’s 49-point plan for his second term
  • The RNC also released a resolution on its 2020 platform that said it will not adopt a new platform from the 2016 convention until 2024
  • ‘[T]he Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda,’  the RNC wrote in its resolution
  • Many speakers and events will take place remotely or to a reduced crowd in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic
  • While the RNC will not be fully virtual like the Democratic Convention was last week, the in-person events are severely scaled down 

Donald Trump made a surprise stop at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday afternoon after he was officially nominated to become the party’s candidate in November.

Coming out onto the stage to his rally anthem ‘God Bless the USA,’ Trump was greeted by delegates at the scaled-down convention with chants of ‘four more years.’

‘We have to win. This is the most important election in the history of our country,’ Trump said to cheers from a smaller-than-usual crowd.

Delegates officially nominated Donald Trump to be their candidate in November during the roll call Monday morning, which was held in-person and contrasted with Democrats’ virtual roll call last week to nominate Joe Biden as their candidate. 

The president plans to speak during the 10:00 p.m. hour all four nights of the convention – and added bonus remarks at the original convention site Monday afternoon in North Carolina. 

During his remarks Monday, Trump lashed out against North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, claiming he felt an ‘obligation’ to speak in Charlotte after he was forced to move other events to different locations.

‘I just want to thank the people of North Carolina because to be honest with you I felt an obligation to be here. You have a governor who’s in a total shutdown mood. I guarantee on November 4, it’ll all open up. It’ll be fine, like most other states,’ Trump said of Cooper, who restricted the convention crowd size, making it so only the delegates were able to convene for the events.

‘On November 4 – you know these Democrat governors, they love a shutdown until after the election is over because they want to make our numbers look as bas as possible for the economy,’ he lamented.

At the start of the pandemic, millions of Americans lost their jobs – setting all-time high unemployment numbers.

While several events are still being held at the location in Charlotte, the convention is not allowing the usual massive crowd as it has been partially moved to other locations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.   

Donald Trump made a surprise stop at the Republican National Convention Monday afternoon

Minutes earlier, delegates formally nominated Donald Trump to become the Republican presidential candidate in November in their roll call Monday

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the convention Monday

The nomination came as Donald Trump landed in North Carolina on Monday as he prepares to speak during the 10:00 p.m. hour of the convention all four nights 

The nomination came as Trump’s campaign unveiled earlier in the day its 49-point plan for his second term, including a ‘return to normal’ by next year. 

The plan also focuses on creating 10 million new in 10 months jobs, including bringing 1 million manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from China.

It also has a whole section dedicated to ‘eradicating COVID-19,’ which includes a ‘return to normal by 2021,’ ‘developing a vaccine by the end of 2020’ and ‘holding China fully accountable for allowing the virus to spread around the world.’

The other points of the plan features sections on healthcare, education, ‘draining the swamp,’ defending police, ending illegal immigration and protecting Americans workers, innovating for the future and his promised ‘America First’ stance on foreign policy.  

The Party is conducting a more business-as-usual convention with many events taking place at the convention site in Charlotte, North Carolina – including the roll call on Monday.

Other than backing Trump, the Republican National Committee has not agreed on any other platform for the 2020 convention as the president is prepared to focus on the accomplishments of his first term rather than presenting plans for a second.

In a new resolution adopted Saturday from the previous 2016 platform, the RNC made six declarations and resolved four issues – but otherwise kept the four-year-old platform the same.

‘RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda,’ the RNC listed.

In a second point it said ‘[t]hat the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention.’

‘Under the emergency procedures set forth under rule 37(e), we will not be adopting an updated version of the rules of the Republican Party until the next convention in 2024,’ Jeff Kent delegate from Washington state said during the first day of the convention Monday morning.  

Delegates arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina – the original location of the convention – over the weekend as many speakers prepare to make their remarks remotely in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

While the RNC will not be fully virtual like the Democratic Convention was last week, the in-person events are severely scaled down

The RNC released a resolution on its 2020 platform that said it will not adopt a new platform from 2016 until 2024, but did reaffirm it will ‘enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda’

One of Trump’s unofficial 2020 slogans is, ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept,’ which will be on full display all four nights of the convention. 

‘The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda,’ the RNC 2020 resolution reads.

The quadrennial event this year will also, in part, be put on by two producers who worked on ‘The Apprentice,’ the show where businessman Trump rose to reality television stardom.

Sadoux Kim is a longtime deputy to the show’s creator and is a lead consultant on the production of the convention. He served as a Miss Universe judge in the past when Trump owned the pageant.

Chuck LaBella, a former NBC entertainment executive, is also on the RNC payroll. He helped produce ‘The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.’

The convention this year will feature more logistical challenges as several speakers will join from remote locations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – similar to the Democratic convention last week.

The speaker line-up, which was released this weekend, is full of staunch Trump allies, both on and off Capitol Hill.

Traditionally, the party’s nominee only delivers remarks one night of the four-night nominating convention.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden did make appearances each night of his nominating events last week, but only made a keynote address on the final night on Thursday.

The Republican Convention has been partially planned and will be put on by two producers Sadoux Kim (left) and Chuck LaBella (right) who worked on ‘The Apprentice,’ the show where Trump rose to reality television stardom 

Initially Trump all the events were scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Once the state’s Governor Roy Cooper decided large gathers would not be permitted in the midst of the pandemic, Trump moved his speech – and most of the marquee events – to Jacksonville, Florida where, at the time, lockdown orders were less restrictive.

As the Sunshine State went back into lockdown after experiencing a spike over the summer, Trump was forced to rethink his plans again.

The president will make his acceptance speech from the White House on Thursday and several other events and remarks during the convention will take place in federal grounds and buildings.

The president’s top campaign aides have spent the last few weeks scrambling to come up with a platform for the next four years as the makeup of the convention changed yet again.

Senior administration officials have admitted that they are learning toward pledging Trump will continue working toward hallmarks of his first term instead of presenting entirely new ideas in order for the president to appeal to his base and respond to criticism from his own party.



Tim Scott, South Carolina senator

Steve Scalise, House Republican Whip and Louisiana representative who was shot during a congressional baseball game practice in June 2017

Matt Gaetz, Florida representative  

Jim Jordan, Ohio representative 

Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 

Ronna McDaniel Georgia, Republican National Committee Chairwoman 

Vernon Jones, Georgia state representative 

Amy Johnson Ford 

Kimberly Guilfoyle, former Fox News host and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr.

Natalie Harp, on the campaign’s advisory board and healthcare advocate

Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA founder

Kim Klacik, black Republican running for Congress in Baltimore who went viral after urging black voters to break from Democrats

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, St. Louis couple who faced felony charges for defending their home by wielding guns at protesters passing their home

Sean Parnell, veteran running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 17th district

Andrew Pollack, school safety activist whose daughter Meadow was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018

Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s eldest son

Tanya Weinreis, Montana coffee shop owner and recipient of the Payment Protection Program grant


Melania Trump, First Lady 

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State  

Rand Paul, Kentucky senator  

Kim Reynolds, Iowa governor 

Jeanette Nuñez, Florida lieutenant governor 

Daniel Cameron, Kentucky attorney general 

Pam Bondi, former Florida attorney general

Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director and pro-life activist 

Jason Joyce

Myron Lizer, Vice President of the Navajo Nation

Mary Ann Mendoza, ‘Angel Mom’ who lost her police officer son in 2014 after he was in a head-on car collision with an illegal alien

Megan Pauley

Cris Peterson

John Peterson

Nicholas Sandmann, teenager whose confrontation with a Native American activist while wearing a MAGA hat near the Lincoln Memorial went viral 

Eric Trump, the president’s son

Tiffany Trump, the president’s youngest daughter 


Mike Pence, vice president 

Karen Pence, second lady  

Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee senator 

Joni Ernst, Iowa senator 

Kristi Noem, South Dakota governor 

Dan Crenshaw, Texas representative

Elise Stefanik, New York representative 

Lee Zeldin, New York representative

Richard Grenell, former acting director of National Intelligence 

Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor

Keith Kellogg, Pence’s National Security Advisor

Jack Brewer, former NFL player 

Sister Dede Byrne, member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Madison Cawthorn, partially paralyzed Republican nominee for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district

Scott Dane, executive director of Associated Contract Loggers & Truckers of Minnesota

Clarence Henderson, civil rights activist

Ryan Holets, police officer known for adopting the baby of a homeless Heroin addicted woman he found behind a gas station

Michael McHale, president of National Association of Police Organizations 

Burgess Owens, former NFL player running for Utah’s 4th congressional district

Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife


Donald J. Trump, President 

Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development secretary

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky senator 

Tom Cotton, Arkansas senator 

Kevin McCarthy, House Republican Leader and California representative  

Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey representative who flipped from Democrat to Republican in the middle of his term 

Ivanka Trump, president’s eldest daughter and senior adviser  

Ja’Ron Smith, president’s assistant for domestic policy

Ann Dorn, widow of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn Dorn was shot and killed on June 2 at a pawn shop where he served as a security guard

Debbie Flood

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and president’s personal lawyer

Franklin Graham, evangelical leader

Alice Johnson, ex-inmate pardoned by Mr. Trump

Wade Mayfield

Carl and Marsha Mueller, parents of Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian worker who was tortured and killed by ISIS

Dana White, UFC president   

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