Why you should care about the #LOLGOP convention
The GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., is shaping up to be a spectacle.
The GOP’s national convention, slated for July 12, has drawn an array of potential speakers and candidates for its opening night, and a lot of it is predictable.
But a lot is new, and it could have a lot to do with the fact that Donald Trump is a major party presidential nominee.
Trump’s campaign announced on Tuesday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is his vice presidential running mate.
Trump also named former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush as his running mate, and former Texas Gov.
Rick Perry as his vice president and chief strategist.
Giuliani has repeatedly spoken out against the Republican Party’s “corporate-owned” agenda, calling it “the party of corporate America.”
Bush, meanwhile, has taken to the stump calling for tax cuts, a massive infrastructure plan, and an end to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Trump has been the most vocal Trump critic in recent months, repeatedly denouncing the presumptive nominee for his lack of economic and social policy experience.
But even the most ardent Trump critic has not quite embraced Giuliani as his “party” running mate yet.
The fact that Trump is running in the race in the first place speaks to a new reality for the GOP.
Republicans have long been criticized for having a candidate with little or no political experience in the field.
This is true, as long as you count Trump’s experience with politics and governing as his own.
But the GOP convention is likely to have an even greater impact on the party as a whole, because of the sheer volume of people who are expected to show up.
Trump is set to deliver his own speech on Monday, but it’s the convention that will really make a difference, according to political scientist Jason Kuznick.
“If the convention is the first real indication that the Trump brand is going to be in the news, the convention will be a major indicator,” Kuznik said.
“The convention is going for the fences, the Trump fans, and the Trump voters.”
The biggest news of the day at the convention so far is the announcement that the convention chairman is retired Marine General Joseph Dunford, who served as the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the George W. Bush administration.
But Trump has a history of giving his support to people who he feels he can help get elected.
In 2008, Trump donated $1 million to New Jersey Gov.
Jon Corzine, who was running for re-election.
In 2012, Trump was named vice president of the American Legion after he donated $2 million to a charity of former Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) Bachmann for President Committee.
And in 2016, Trump gave $1.5 million to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (TX) presidential campaign.
The RNC is hoping for an even bigger boost for its convention in July, with the GOP’s presumptive nominee scheduled to speak at the opening day of the convention and the presumptive nominees on stage at the second presidential debate.
Trump, who has not released any plans to run for president at this point, has been one of the biggest draws at the RNC for months.
He’s spoken at the Republican National Convention since 2008, and he’s been a frequent guest on television news and in the media.
Trump and his surrogates have repeatedly called for a “new direction” for the party.
But it’s hard to see the party embracing him for the job as the general election nears.
The only way Trump could win the nomination would be if a majority of Republicans nominated him, and that’s very unlikely.
The convention, though, could help shape the direction of the party, because it will be the first major opportunity for the RNC to get a feel for how the party might run the country.
And Trump is likely going to make sure that his campaign and the GOP will get the credit for that, which is going a long way toward getting the party on the right track.