While 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton deemed Donald Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables” during the campaign, the list of Republican National Convention speakers this week may be taking the term to a whole new level.
Trump’s reelection convention will feature an extensive lineup of racists, anti-LGBTQ activists, and con men. And that doesn’t count Trump himself.
Anti-LGBTQ activist Franklin Graham will speak. He recently made news when the field hospital he operated during the height of New York’s COVID crisis refused to accept any volunteers who wouldn’t denounce LGBTQ rights.
The gun-toting St. Louis couple, Patricia and Mark McCloskey – who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters and became a national laughingstock and personification of white privilege – will also speak. It was recently revealed that not only do they want people of color kept outside the gates of their rich neighborhood, they sued their neighborhood association in an attempt to prevent gay couples from moving into the community.
Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will speak shortly before President Trump officially accepts the nomination for reelection. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has become BFFs with Trump recently over their shared love of quack medical cure-alls, will also be in attendance.
Nick Sandmann, the high school kid who made headlines during a confrontation with a Native American protester and a group of militant Black Christians, will share the depth of his knowledge with the virtual crowd. Actor Scott Baio from Happy Days and Charles in Charge will also drop some deep thoughts, presumably about something.
As with any good mafia syndicate, Trump’s family members will also appear to help convince voters to stick by the Don. Melania Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and even Tiffany Trump will try to “sway” voters. Almost half of the keynote speakers will be part of the President’s family.
Even Don Jr.’s girlfriend will be on stage. Ivanka’s husband will too. They both work in the White House too, of course.
A host of Republican politicians and administration officials with ties to anti-LGBTQ hate groups will share the stage throughout the week-long event. Vice President Mike Pence will also address the party, presumably to lecture them on the dangers of dancing and rap music.
No word yet whether or not the Deplorable Choir will sing. But since the GOP is stuck with Kid Rock for entertainment, what could it hurt?