It’s anticipated that her speech will tie in with her “Be Best” initiative, but networks likely will compare her remarks to those she delivered in 2016. Back then, her speech triggered a bit of a convention sideshow when it was revealed that portions of the speech were taken from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address.
The first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told MSNBC on Tuesday that every word of the first lady’s speech on Tuesday night will be from her, and that it will be uplifting and positive.
The speech also will be an unveiling of the newly renovated Rose Garden, and as things tend to go these days, that, too, has been the subject of some controversy. Critics decried the removal of 10 crabapple trees, but Melania Trump said that the renovation was “a thoughtful and collaborative process carefully crafted with the help of scholars and experts in architecture, horticulture, design, and historic preservation.”
Another highlight of the evening will be Mike Pompeo, who is breaking with a long tradition of secretaries of state steering clear of convention speaking slots. He’s expected to deliver remarks from Israel.
Here’s the lineup for the evening, with the theme, Land of Opportunity.
Remarks: Norma Urrabazo, pastor, International Church of Las Vegas
Remarks: Myron Lizer, vice president, Navajo Nation
Remarks: Richard Beasley, president, Global Intelligence Network
Remarks: Jon Ponder, CEO, HOPE for Prisoners
Remarks: Rand Paul, senator, Kentucky
Remarks: Jason Joyce, resident, Swan’s Island, Maine, Coast Guard licensed captain.
Remarks: Cris Peterson, CFO of Minnesota fair farm
Remarks: Larry Kudlow, assistant to the president for economic policy, director of the National Economic Council.
Remarks: John Peterson, CEO and president of Schuette Metals
Remarks: Cissie Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham and the granddaughter of Billy Graham
Remarks: Robert Vlaisavljevich, mayor of Eveleth, Minnesota
Remarks: Abby Johnson, founder, And Then There Were None
Remarks: Mary Ann Mendoza, mother of Sgt. Brandon Mendoza of the Mesa, AZ police department
Remarks: Nicholas Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School student who sued major media outlets
Remarks: Pam Bondi, former Florida Attorney General
Remarks: Tiffany Trump, youngest daughter of President Trump
Remarks: Kim Reynolds, governor of Iowa
Remarks: Ryan Holets, detective,Albuquerque Police Department
Remarks: Jeanette Nuñez, lieutenant governor, Florida
Remarks: Eric Trump, second son of the president
Remarks: Daniel Cameron, attorney general, Kentucky
Remarks: Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
Remarks: Melania Trump, First Lady
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