Rally-Sized Audience Expected To Attend Trump’s RNC Closing Night Speech At WH

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20, 2016: A scene from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

The grand finale of the Republican National Convention will reportedly include President Trump delivering his renomination acceptance speech to a rally-sized audience.

According to a Washington Post report on Wednesday, a person familiar with the GOP convention planning said about 1,000 people are expected to attend Trump’s Thursday night speech at the White House where he will accept the GOP’s nomination for re-election.

The Post noted that the expected crowd outsizes the approximately 70 attendees who attended first lady Melania Trump’s RNC speech on Tuesday night at the newly renovated White House Rose Garden.

It is unclear what area of the White House grounds the President’s speech will take place in, nor what, if any, coronavirus-related safety protocols may be taken for it.

A Trump campaign official told TPM on Wednesday that a coronavirus adviser has been consulted for in-person RNC events and necessary precautions are instituted based on their guidance.

On Tuesday, first lady chief of staff Stephanie Grisham told CNN that those who sat “in the rows near” President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during Melania Trump’s speech were tested for COVID-19 prior to the event.

The RNC did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. Whatever “normalcy” Trump will have been able to achieve, hitherto, at this “Convention”, will be undone on Thursday night.

  2. "The world is unfair, and often fools, cowards, liars, and the selfish hide in high places."
    – Bryant H. McGill

  3. Avatar for ghost ghost says:

    I guess Donnie is fine with killing off a few more of his loyal subjects. (See Cain, Herman.)

  4. Avatar for spin spin says:

    No masks, no social distancing, screaming crowd of white people. Will really speak to suburban moms. Hopefully we get lots of crowd shots, everyone needs to see the response of his KKK supporters.

    And p.s. hopefully DC will aggressively contract trace those who get infected.

  5. Super spreader spill on Aisle 2!!!

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

180 more replies


Avatar for paulw Avatar for meri Avatar for mattinpa Avatar for steviedee111 Avatar for inversion Avatar for sparrowhawk Avatar for ignoreland Avatar for leftcoaster Avatar for darrtown Avatar for thunderclapnewman Avatar for tena Avatar for southerndem Avatar for bodie1 Avatar for joriep Avatar for susanintheoc Avatar for hahagoodman Avatar for maximus Avatar for bcgister Avatar for zenicetus Avatar for rascal_crone Avatar for ldcolton Avatar for randome Avatar for emiliano4 Avatar for LeeHarveyGriswold

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: