The ceremonial campaign designed to highlight the incumbent President’s accomplishments in his four-year stint at the White House turned out to be just another Trump produced TV Show as the list of convention speakers released ahead of the four-day event was dominated by Trump’s family members, from wife to in-laws.
The media reported that the second term presidential hopeful Trump will have a nightly appearance in this week’s GOP Convention, a message enough to tell you that this is all about Trump and Trump alone. With organizers confirming that each night, a member of the First Family will be speaking, critics are quick to point out what this convention may turn out to be - a campaign that relies heavily on immediate family members' words as a character reference.
With family members and people who were known closely related to the President, political experts believe that this may impair the real agenda of the convention and it veers from the traditional platform where political allies, associates, and officials vouch for the President’s capacity to lead and admires his brand of leadership. This convention has been tailored to Trump’s ideology rather than amplify the party’s main platform.
The first lady will address from the newly renovated White House Rose Garden, a project she headed, and Trump’s youngest daughter Tiffany who will speak in support of the President and Vice President Pence on Tuesday. Trump’s other children will deliver their piece to assist their father's second term campaign. Eric Trump, whose organization is under investigation by the New York attorney general’s office, will speak alongside her sister Tiffany. Donald Trump Jr., the perceived heir of his father, attacked the democrats on his Monday speech; while describing his father’s effort in addressing the pandemic that killed almost 180,000 Americans, and Ivanka Trump, who retains her 2016 RNC role of introducing her father before his formal acceptance address on Thursday. News outlets revealed that even Trump’s two grown-up son’s significant others will have the chance to campaign for the President this week.
Unlike his predecessors, Donald Trump has a lot of family drama attached to his presidency. Over the weekend, the tape recording of his sister, a former federal appellate judge Maryanne Trump Barry, criticizing him for being liar went public. Trump’s niece and known harsh critic, Mary Trump, who authored a book questioning the Republican President’s mental state and detailing his troubled upbringing, secretly recorded the tape. Mrs. Barry did not show up in the funeral Trump held for his late brother Robert Trump at the White House earlier this week. President Trump paid a visit to his brother, who he called his best friend, the day before he passed away.
The rest of the GOP convention week will be filled with Republican officeholders of various levels coupled with their anti-democratic controversial speeches. But, for those who have been following the political journey of the first family, it will be a convention for Donald Trump’s true political heir.