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Republicans prepare for Trump-heavy hybrid convention

The four-day event will end in Donald Trump officially becoming the party's candidate to take on Joe Biden in November.

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    im????Pence has said the four-day convention will focus heavily on the economy, which had been strong before being devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, and law and order, amid weeks of Black Lives Matter protests that have persisted nightly in some cities.

    He added that Republicans will seek to portray the Democratic Party as being overtaken by the "radical left".

    Themes of the convention

    The convention will begin on Monday with an in-person roll call in Charlotte, in which 336 delegates - a far cry from the more than 2,400 who gathered for the 2016 convention - will officially cast their votes for Trump based on primary results in their respective states. The president faced little in the way of opposition during the primary season.

    im????Event organisers and Trump campaign officials have said the convention will seek to portray the Republican party as the party of "real, hard-working Americans" and will focus on "the forgotten men and women of America".

    The four nightly themes are:"Land of Promise","Land of Opportunity","Land of Heroes", and "Land of Greatness".

    Expected rank-and-file speakers will also drive home Republican talking points for this election cycle, which include a condemnation of so-called "cancel culture" and the accusation that the Democratic party has disregarded radical elements within the continuing racial justice protest movement that have posed a threat to public safety.

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    Donald Trump delivers his address during the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio [File: Michael Reynolds/EPA]

    Speakers include Nicholas Sandmann, a Kentucky Catholic high school student who sued a media organisation for not providing proper context to a confrontation he had with a Native American activist at an anti-abortion Right to Life march in Washington, DC in 2019; Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a couple who brandished guns at BLM marchers outside of their St Louis home; and Police Sergeant Ann Dorn, widow of retired police captain David Dorn who was killed during violent protests in St Louis.

    Trump's family will also feature prominently during the events, with his daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany, and sons Trump Jr and Eric, as well as Eric's wife Lara Trump, all slated to speak.

    First Lady Melania Trump, who came to the US as an immigrant from Slovenia and rarely opens up about her personal life, is expected to make remarks from the White House's iconic Rose Garden on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, Pence, who is important to bringing right-wing Christian voters to Trump's banner, will give his speech accepting the party's nomination in Baltimore on Wednesday.His wife, Karen Pence, will also speak.

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    The lineup of Republican officials includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Florida Lieutenant GovernorJeanette Nunez,Senator Tim Scott - the chamber's only Black Republican - and former Mayor of New York City, Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

    Democratic response

    The Democratic Party released figures on Friday that suggests it set a high bar for its event, raising $70 million during the four days and generating 122 million views on network and cable television as well as digital live streams.

    Republicans last week launched a multi-million-dollar digital advertising campaign that targeted sites where the Democratic convention was likely to be streamed.

    im????Democrats are planning nightly counter-programming during the Republican convention that will include nightly videos highlighting what they view as Trump's biggest failures, according to the Washington Post.

    im????Top Democratic officials will also give speeches each day and the party will set up a "war room" to respond to what it says will likely be rampant misinformation during the Republican event, the newspaper reported.

    im????Small groups of protesters have also already started taking to the streets of Charlotte in the nights leading up to the convention. The demonstrations in the city are expected to continue throughout the week.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies