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What to expect from Trump's RNC acceptance speech

On Night 4 of the Republican National Convention, President Trump will deliver a wildly different speech than Joe Biden gave last week.

What to watch: Trump will offer a blistering rebuke of Biden’s record and his decades as "a failed" elected official in a closing address that will declare November as a battle between “us vs. them,” campaign officials tell Axios.


  • Biden's speech didn’t mention Trump by name once, but instead used the platform to share his personal story and offer himself as “an ally of the light.”
  • Trump will say Biden is “an empty shell of a candidate” and a “Trojan Horse” for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh.
  • Trump will also go into “granular detail” about his second-term agenda.

Trump is expected to address the shooting of Jacob Blake and make reference to Kenosha as part of a larger discussion of unrest in the U.S.

  • Trump's speech will be delivered from the White House South Lawn, a departure from presidential norms.

The big picture: The campaign is especially excited about an appearance by Alice Johnson, whose prison sentence Trump commuted. 

Other speakers include:

  • Ivanka Trump, who will call her father the “people’s president"
  • House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who switched parties to become a Republican during impeachment

👀 Preview of White House south lawn set-up for President Trump speech this evening on the last night of the #RNC2020Convention pic.twitter.com/iQ5f7kJJq8

— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) August 27, 2020

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