Tweet falsely claims announcement of RNC speaker lineup
CLAIM: “Trump’s campaign announces its all-star line-up of speakers for new scaled down Republican Convention. Ted Nugent, Scott Baio, Antonio Sabato Jr, and Diamond and Silk will all appear virtually in Zoom boxes before Trump’s acceptance speech. You can already feel the electricity.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A tweet claiming that speakers were announced for the Republican National Convention was meant to be satirical, the person behind the post confirmed to The Associated Press.
THE FACTS: Facebook and Instagram users are passing around a satirical tweet that Trump’s most prominent speakers at this year’s virtual Republican National Convention will include pro-Trump celebrities like rockstar Ted Nugent as well as Facebook personalities Diamond and Silk.
Mike Sington, who sent the tweet Sunday afternoon, confirmed in a message that the tweet was intended to be a joke. In an email, a spokesman for the Trump campaign also confirmed that those speakers have not been announced.
A small subset of GOP delegates is slated to meet on Aug. 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at an event scheduled to last just four hours. Trump last week announced he was scrapping plans to hold ceremonial portions of the GOP convention in Jacksonville, Florida, because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. His campaign had last month announced it would hold a second segment of the convention in Florida because of a dispute with North Carolina’s Democratic leaders over holding an indoor gathering without face masks.
Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden will hold a largely virtual convention in Milwaukee from Aug. 17 to 20.
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