The Trump campaign and the GOP finally revealed the partial list of speakers for presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican National Convention (read: coronation). It includes — as one would expect — a wide array of racist, pro-gun, anti-immigration and anti-LGBT activists and politicians.
The list features many predictable names: Sen. Tom Cotton, Gov. Chris Christie, Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump’s immediate family members, former presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and so on. Suspiciously missing from the schedule are Trump’s potential VP pick Mike Pence, pal Sarah Palin, all Bush family members, any A-list celebrity and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, for four days beginning on July 18. It will host nearly 50,000 people who might or might not be armed, considering the city officials have banned almost every other kind of weapon (including toy guns, water pistols and tennis ball) from the arena except for real guns, because America!
As for the speakers, almost everyone on the lengthy roster has made headlines for their extremist stance on one thing or the other.
To put things into perspective, here are some of the people who will highlight the convention where the hate-mongering business mogul is likely to receive the nomination for president.
The former Republican governor of Arkansas, who recently called for a "Male Lives Matter" movement to replace "Black Lives Matter" and expressed the desire to see his wife on the $10 bill, once claimed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be “appalled” by the BLM.
He is also a staunch anti-LGBT activist who compared Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to Abraham Lincoln after she illegally refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Huckabee also has a vendetta against Planned Parenthood and absurdly believes pro-choice women are “victims.”
The former mayor of New York City recently raised a lot of eyebrows by slamming the Black Lives Matter as “inherently racist” and “anti-American.” He also said black children, not cops, are the “real danger” to other kids in the neighborhood.
He has also called the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, a “founding member of ISIS.” Giuliani asserted Clinton was partly responsible for the rise of the extremist terrorist group because she was secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term.
Along with being a gun-rights advocate, the African-American Milwaukee County sheriff has also become a notorious critic of Black Lives Matter. He made headlines during the Michael Brown protests by calling the activists protesting the police death in Ferguson, Missouri, “vultures on a road side carcass.”
He has also proposed adding a semi-automatic rifle to the nation’s seal.
The PayPal co-founder, who secretly backed a lawsuit against Gawker Media and lambasted the publication as the “Silicon Valley Equivalent of Al Qaeda,” is also named among the list of politicians and activists.
The billionaire entrepreneur’s most popular scheme is perhaps the Theil Fellowship — a two-year start-up accelerator for young science and tech prodigies that encourages students to drop out of college. Former Harvard President Larry Summers had called it “the single most misdirected bit of philanthropy in this decade.”
The former Republican House speaker, who lobbied incredibly hard and publicly for Trump’s choice for vice president, wants to police “Islamic supremacists” with the notorious “un-American” committee — created to go after Nazi sympathizers post-World War II.
Recently, following the deadly truck massacre in Nice, France, Gingrich proved his bigotry and ignorance by calling for “testing” all Muslims who are currently living in the country and kicking them out if they are “incompatible” with Western civilization.
The anti-LGBT governor of Florida, who refused to acknowledge gay people were targeted at Orlando nightclub Pulse, also made it to the revered GOP list. Following the horrific shooting that left 49 dead and 50 injured, he told CNN that the incident had not changed his mind on gun control. In fact, he believed “the Second Amendment didn’t kill anyone.”
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