The question I have for Donald Trump is very simple. Where’s the GOP convention speaker list?
On July 6, a Wednesday, Trump tweeted that the speakers list for the Republican National Convention would be released the next day. Previously, the schedule was supposed to be released on the 6th then it was postponed, on that very day, to Thursday the 7th.
Convention speaker schedule to be released tomorrow. Let today be devoted to Crooked Hillary and the rigged system under which we live.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2016
There was obviously much anticipation to see the list since nearly 24,000 people liked the tweet. Although Trump has said that there has been a huge amount of interest from prominent people to speak at the convention, findings by POLITICO does not support that.
In an article released by POLITICO on the same day Trump sent out his tweet about the convention speaker schedule, they reported how they contacted 50 prominent Republicans and could find none who were interested in speaking.
A slot at the Republican National Convention used to be a career-maker — a chance to make your name on the big stage and to catch the eye of the Republican donors and activists who make or break campaigns.
In the year of Trump: Not so much.
With the convention less than a month away, POLITICO contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators and House members to gauge their interest in speaking. Only a few said they were open to it, and everyone else said they weren’t planning on it, didn’t want to or weren’t going to Cleveland at all — or simply didn’t respond.
GOP Strategist Rick Wilson noticed the failure of the Trump campaign to live up to the promise of releasing the convention speaker schedule.
Oh hey…anyone seen the RNC speakers list that Trump was definitely going to release on Wednesday and Thursday and…
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 9, 2016
With the convention being just over a week away, a lack of a speaker’s list is rather curious. There’s been no further mention of the speakers’ list from Trump on his favorite avenue to disseminate information, Twitter.
More than a week ago, on July 1, Trump announced that his children – Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric, and Donald Trump, Jr. – and his wife, Melania, would speak at the convention. Trump also spent a large part of the day on Thursday, the day he was supposed to announce his speaker list, meeting with Republicans in DC.
After a private meeting with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, it was announced that while Cruz would not endorse Trump, he would speak at the convention. Trump had previously threatened that Cruz would only be allowed to speak if he endorsed him.
Twitter had a field day in response to Wilson’s tweet inquiring about the convention speaker list. Here are some of the tweets for your viewing pleasure.
@TheRickWilson I was just looking at his tweets, he said he would release it on the 7th! We've heard this before re tax returns! Sad!
— John Browne (@Vincentian03) July 9, 2016
@TheRickWilson it must be under audit as well
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) July 9, 2016
— #NeverEverTrump-CAT (@Het32000) July 9, 2016
@TheRickWilson Trump campaign demonstrates more erratic mismanagement of snake oil show.
— (((Gur-Aryeh))) (@Manoncamelshump) July 9, 2016
@TheRickWilson Saw a Post it. "RNC: Me, Newt, Chris, 12 1/4 pounders, 6 large fries, 18 pies, 6 sundaes, 3 large diet cokes" was that it?
— Dante (@9CirclesOfHell) July 9, 2016
We’ll be on the lookout to see Trump’s actual speaker list for the GOP convention, an event the campaign said would be “the ultimate reality show.”