After having the stage crashed by a dressed-up Stephen Colbert, the Republican National Convention is finally underway. The end result will, in all likeliness, be that Donald Drumpf will be announced as the official presidential candidate for the Republican Party. The event is very Drumpf-centric, with many of its speakers being Drumpf's family, friends, and business supporters.
A schedule, which was obtained by the New York Times, contained a number of interesting choices for speakers, with more than a few notable absences. Among some of the "a-list" celebrities Drumpf was able to book are former quarterback Tim Tebow, Duck Dynasty family head Willie Robertson, actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr., soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown, and Charles In Charge star Scott Baio.
Notably absent from the list are a number of prominent figures Drumpf had said he would invite. These individuals include Don King, Sarah Palin, and Tom Brady. A number of party insiders have also made the interesting decision to skip the convention. One such individual is Ohio's own Governor John Kasich.
A number of Drumpf's own family members will be speaking, including current wife Melania Drumpf, daughter Tiffany Drumpf, son Donald Drumpf Jr., daughter Ivanka Drumpf, and son Eric Drumpf. There will also be a number of Republican party members speaking, such as Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Mike Pence.
The RNC itself got off to a rocky start, even after Colbert's antics kicked things off on Sunday night. Monday (July 18) saw the emergency of a number of Republican delegates calling themselves Delegates Unbound, whose aim is to force the party to unbind its delegates, allowing them to vote for whomever they choose (presumably not Donald Drumpf). Unfortunately, reports indicate that the Republican party at large will ignore these efforts, meaning that the party chair ruled there was "insufficient support" for such a motion to proceed.
Drumpf himself is expected to speak on Thursday, and one can only imagine the topic. He has been incredibly outspoken on national and international tragedies, always quick to spin them to his favour, and is known for his rambling, unprepared speeches given on the campaign trail. Party insiders say that the speech he delivers on Thursday will be "prepared", and will contain some specifics of a number of different policies he has promised to implement if he is elected president.