The 2020 Republican National Convention took place from Monday, August 24 to Thursday, August 27, 2020.
The theme of this year’s convention was “Honoring the Great American Story,” and each day of the convention highlighted a different aspect of that theme (the Land of Promise, the Land of Opportunity, the Land of Heroes, and the Land of Greatness). The convention featured events at the Rose Garden, the site of First Lady Melania Trump’s keynote speech on Tuesday evening; Fort McHenry, which hosted Vice President Mike Pence’s Wednesday address; and the White House South Lawn, where President Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination.
Like the Democratic National Convention the previous week, the RNC featured a number of New Yorkers in speaking roles. Those New Yorkers included Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lana Trump, and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. On Wednesday, August 26, the Convention featured two Republican members of New York’s congressional delegation— Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21).
Rep. Zeldin’s remarks, streamed from a Long Island Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hall, focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. The congressman expressed gratitude for the Trump administration’s provision of personal protective equipment, ventilators, and temporary hospital facilities in New York.
According to Syracuse.com, Rep. Stefanik’s nationally televised speech attacked the Democratic House majority for impeaching President Trump, detailed the President’s record, and informed viewers about her North Country district. Rep. Stefanik said:
[Almost] 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the Battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the Revolutionary War… [Forty] years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out-hustled, out-skated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving us the unforgettable Miracle on Ice. And today, [the 21st District is] home to Fort Drum and the historic 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. Army since 9/11.
It is also worth mentioning that Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood employee turned pro-life activist, was invited to deliver a primetime address. All of the convention speeches are available on C-Span.