The night is slated to feature Vice President Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence, several women in high-ranking political positions within the Republican Party across the country and Madison Cawthorn, the 25-year-old who won a North Carolina Republican congressional primary over a candidate backed by Trump.
Here’s what to watch on Wednesday beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET:
Pence at Fort McHenry
Over the last two nights, the convention’s concluding speeches have sought to deliver more unifying messages than the preceding speakers.
But even though Pence doesn’t typically see himself as Trump’s attack dog, a Trump campaign official told CNN’s Jim Acosta the vice president knows he has a job to do, and to expect Pence to “take some lumber to Joe” Biden in the convention’s concluding speech on Wednesday night.
“He does it with a smile on his face,” the official said.
Pence is not expected to spend much time going after Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, according to the official.
The vice president’s remarks are still being written, but he plans to steep his remarks in patriotic tones and will make a particular reference to the National Anthem, a senior Republican official told CNN’s Jeff Zeleny. Pence is expected to repeat his call for standing during the anthem — as a sign of respect for the flag — and use that in his Wednesday night remarks.
Addressing demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Convention speakers have spoken generally about ongoing protests against brutality, largely decrying their cause as a liberal one and defending the police.
Tuesday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city where demonstrators have been protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, two people died and another person was injured in an overnight shooting.
Pence will also address the racial unrest in America in his speech at Fort McHenry, according to the senior Republican official.
He will make a particular mention of the violence unfolding in Wisconsin, the official said.
Before the Tuesday night violence, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News Tuesday night that he “offered assistance in the form of additional National Guard help … But today that request was denied by the governor.”
Wednesday afternoon, Trump said Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has agreed to accept in federal assistance.
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!) (…)TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” Trump tweeted.
But just after Trump’s tweet, Sarah Hoye, a deputy chief of staff for Evers, said the offer was made for “federal assistance,” but that it was declined for a second day in a row on Wednesday, citing an increase in the deployment of state National Guard personnel.
Throughout demonstrations across the country protesting police brutality, Trump has advocated for Democratic mayors and governors to permit federal forces, such as the National Guard, to be sent in to quell demonstrators.
GOP women in power, including Kellyanne Conway
Conway is among the list of scheduled speakers at the RNC Wednesday evening, speaking just a few days after she abruptly announced she would be leaving her White House job.
Conway’s speech on Wednesday will mark her second appearance at the 2020 GOP convention.
On Tuesday, she was featured in a short video with other women in leadership positions across the Trump campaign and the Trump administration.
Conway is among a list of standout women in GOP leadership roles expected to speak on Wednesday. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Elise Stefanik, the youngest Republican ever to be elected to Congress, are also scheduled to speak.
In the job, Grenell was cast as someone who sought to uncover and oust those officials who appeared to be disloyal to the President.
And in his final hours as the top US intelligence official, Grenell took a last swipe at congressional Democrats and declassified more documents tied to the origins of the Russia investigation.
During Grenell’s final cabinet meeting before his departure, Trump praised the acting DNI, saying, “I think you’ll go down as the all-time great acting ever, at any position.”
Cawthorn captured national attention earlier this summer when he won a North Carolina Republican congressional primary runoff in a district previously held by Mark Meadows, Trump’s current chief of staff.
Despite Trump and Meadows backing another candidate, Cawthorn won the western North Carolina runoff and was eventually congratulated by Trump.
A staunch conservative who supports Trump, Cawthorn was partially paralyzed in a 2014 car accident. He is a motivational speaker and filed to start a real estate investment company last year. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the 11th District as Solid Republican.
If elected in November, Cawthorn would become the youngest member of Congress.
“Strange to hear so many laughs and share such a good time with my brother where only 79 years ago a supreme evil shared laughs and good times with his compatriots,” the caption states.
Cawthorn has defended the posts and said he denounces White nationalism.
CNN’s Jim Acosta, Paul LeBlanc, Sunlen Serfaty, Clare Foran, Kaitlan Collins, Alex Marquardt, Zachary Cohen, Jeremy Herb and Omar Jimenez contributed to this report.