Battle of the virtual conventions: How the GOP team is studying the Democrats’ show

Eager to please their optics-obsessed boss, they took notes on which speakers worked well, which messages landed flat and how they can avoid the awkward moments and minor hiccups that opened the party’s unprecedented convention experience.

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As Democrats pack their nightly two-hour programs with sharp denunciations of Trump from a medley of A-List celebrities, everyday Americans and party activists, the Trump campaign is honing its counter-punch. By hosting the Republican National Convention second, the president’s team hopes to give him the last word and use this week as an instructive exercise in what works and what doesn’t before they take the stage next week…

Instead of affording the bulk of their programming to party figures and activists, several aides said they hope to feature unconventional guests — including suburban men and women whose lives, they claim, would be disrupted by progressive policies and voters who can share personal stories related to recent cultural flashpoints.

The push by Trump aides to give more airtime to “normal” speakers follows an emotional appearance by Kristin Urquiza during the DNC’s Monday night program. Urquiza, whose 65-year-old father died of Covid-19 in Arizona this year, accused the president of promoting an attitude of indifference toward the deadly virus that cost her father his life.

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