Starting Monday, Republicans will commence a four-day celebration of President Donald Trump, featuring  First Lady Melania Trump and Trump’s adult children. as well as a St. Louis couple who brandished guns at anti-racism protesters.

The theme of the nominating convention will be “Honoring the Great American Story”, and will culminate in a live acceptance speech from Trump on Thursday night on the South Lawn of the White House. Some government ethics experts — even a Republican Senator —have expressed concern over the use of federal properties as stages for partisan political speeches, but a law prohibiting the use of federal funds for campaign appearances excludes the president and vice president. In 1940, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted his party’s nomination from the White House via radio.

On Monday, the convention theme will be the “Land of Promise,” Tuesday’s will be the “Land of Opportunity,” Wednesday will focus on the “Land of Heroes” and events culminate in the “Land of Greatness” on Thursday.

Trump will be the central focus and will make appearances on most days, according Reuters, including one event when he will honor doctors, nurses and other workers on the front line of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice President Mike Pence will be the main speaker on Wednesday, delivering his remarks from Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, made famous in the War of 1812 when it was successfully defended against an attack by the British navy, inspiring the poem that became the lyrics for The Star-Spangled Banner.

The convention will feature everyday Americans who will testify that Trump has changed their lives in positive ways, according to Reuters.

Among them will be Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who brandished their guns in front of Black Lives Matter protesters who marched through their gated community in July. They were charged with felony weapons offenses, which Trump has called a “disgrace.” Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, said their appearance has now been confirmed by Republican organizers.

Other citizen speakers will include police Sergeant Ann Dorn, whose husband, retired police captain David Dorn, was killed during violent protests in St. Louis in June; Tanya Weinreis, who will say her Montana coffee shop and employees’ livelihoods were saved by a loan from the federal coronavirus relief Paycheck Protection Program, and the parents of Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian worker murdered by Islamic State.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school massacre, will also speak. He is an advocate for enhanced school safety measures, including armed guards.

The convention will also feature Republicans considered prospective 2024 presidential hopefuls. They include Nikki Haley, Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations; South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem; South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott; and the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., who some party members want to see continue the Trump legacy.

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