Breaking with another tradition of American politics, President Donald Trump will speak on all four nights of the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC), The New York Times reported over the weekend.
It has been a long-time practice that a party’s presidential candidate gives only a major acceptance speech on the last night to climax the convention.
This change in the usual procedure comes on the heels of the recent announcement that some of the RNC’s events will be hosted at the White House, which has been criticized by critics as unethical because presidents have not traditionally used the venue for campaign events, according to Business Insider.
The Times reported that Trump plans to speak every night of the RNC, because he “wants the opportunity to rebut charges made against him throughout the Democratic program, aides said, particularly on his handling of the coronavirus crisis.”
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