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Trump is considering accepting the Republican nomination in Gettysburg

President Donald Trump teased Monday about giving his own Gettysburg speech by using the site of the famous Civil War battlefield to deliver his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention.

Trump has also made his speech, which is his formal acceptance of the Republican nomination for a second term, in the White House’s South Lawn, which has raised questions about the correctness of using the President’s house for a campaign event and violations of the Hatch Act.

Now Trump has added another federally owned property – the Gettysburg National Military Park is part of the National Park Service – to the list of location options for his Aug. 27 address.

We have limited the acceptance speech for the presidential nomination, to be delivered on the last night of the convention (Thursday), to two locations: the main battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, DC. We will announce the decision soon !, ”the president tweeted.

President Trump teased his acceptance speech for the Republican National Convention in Gettysburg

President Trump teased his acceptance speech for the Republican National Convention in Gettysburg

A photograph by Mathew Brady of Abraham Lincoln (center, bareheaded) giving Gettysburg's address in 1863

A photograph by Mathew Brady of Abraham Lincoln (center, bareheaded) giving Gettysburg's address in 1863

A photograph by Mathew Brady of Abraham Lincoln (center, bareheaded) giving Gettysburg’s address in 1863

Gettysburg is the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address - above is a statue of Brigadier General Gov. Warren at Little Round Top

Gettysburg is the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address - above is a statue of Brigadier General Gov. Warren at Little Round Top

Gettysburg is the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address – above is a statue of Brigadier General Gov. Warren at Little Round Top

Gettysburg is the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and where Abraham Lincoln made his famous speech and vowed that the union would last.

Pennsylvania will be a critical state to Trump’s reelection bid. In 2016, he became the first Republican in more than 20 years to carry the state. Biden is up 5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average.

The theme that the president would likely go for in performing at the historic venue is unity and comparison with Lincoln, a president he has admired and compared himself to in the past.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany would not say why the president was considering Gettysburg, but she did mention the unity factor.

“I will not prejudge what his congressional address will be like, but the president has done a lot to bring this country together,” she said at her daily press conference on Monday.

Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers of both armies died in the three-day battle in July 1863. The victory of the Potomac army over General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces was seen as a turning point in the war.

President Trump is known to prefer locations that provide a good background. The president, a former reality TV star, is always aware of what his speeches look like on TV and how conventions are made for TV moments.

The Gettysburg location is because the president has defended the use of Confederate flags and swore not to change the names of military bases named after Civil War figures.

“We are in a culture war,” Trump said in July.

His comment came after Black Lives Matter protesters took down statues, mostly of Confederate figures, for their ties to white supremacy. Some states have officially decided to drop such numbers because of their links to racism.

The president has stuck to the destructive part of the movement – calling for liberals to ‘defend the police’ – to come up with a message palatable to his predominantly white base.

Speaking at Mount Rushmore on July 3, the president stood in front of the famous monument of four presidents – Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt – and delivered a fiery speech denouncing the “ leftist cultural revolution ” he claimed to want to overthrow the government.

He also announced in June that he “won’t even consider” renaming US military bases named after Confederate leaders.

These monumental and very powerful bases have become part of a great American heritage and a history of winning, victory and freedom, Trump tweeted. “The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds and won two World Wars,” the president continued.

“That’s why my administration won’t even consider renaming these beautiful and storied military installations,” Trump said.

The president had compared himself to Lincoln when it came to race relations. Voters are giving President Trump low marks in this area.

“I think I’ve done more for the black community than any other president, and let’s look at Abraham Lincoln, because he did well, although it’s always questionable,” the president told Fox News in June.

He admitted that Lincoln had done much for the nation by freeing black people from slavery, winning the Civil War, and keeping the United States intact during those tumultuous years.

You know, it depends on what your definition is. But I feel comfortable with freedom of speech. It’s very simple, ‘he told CBS last month.

President Trump has compared himself to President Abraham Lincoln in the past

President Trump has compared himself to President Abraham Lincoln in the past

President Trump has compared himself to President Abraham Lincoln in the past

The North Carolina Memorial is located along West Confederate Avenue in Gettysburg National Military Park

The North Carolina Memorial is located along West Confederate Avenue in Gettysburg National Military Park

The North Carolina Memorial is located along West Confederate Avenue in Gettysburg National Military Park

Trump campaign flags and Confederate flags were featured at a free speech meeting in Gettysburg in July 2017

Trump campaign flags and Confederate flags were featured at a free speech meeting in Gettysburg in July 2017

Trump campaign flags and Confederate flags were featured at a free speech meeting in Gettysburg in July 2017

A painting of Abraham Lincoln giving his speech in Gettysburg at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863

A painting of Abraham Lincoln giving his speech in Gettysburg at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863

A painting of Abraham Lincoln giving his speech in Gettysburg at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863

President Trump has cited his signing of criminal justice reform as part of his work on behalf of African Americans.

The president has also defended the flying of the Confederate flag as a matter of freedom of speech.

You know, it depends on what your definition is. But I feel comfortable with freedom of speech. It’s very simple, ‘he told CBS last month.

The re-election of the president and party planners for the Republican convention have grappled with how to pull off the president’s big name after it became clear that he wouldn’t be able to deliver his speech the traditional way – in a huge arena full of cheering delegates like the balloons fallen.

Trump’s original plan to address delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina, then Jacksonville, Florida, was turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Republicans, like Democrats, will virtually run most of their convention.

The White House’s South Lawn was put forward as an idea, but it met objections from both Democrats and Republicans over the Hatch Act.

The law prohibits federal employees from participating in political activities on the job. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are exempt from the law, but White House staff – who are federal employees – are not.

“You don’t have any political events in the White House,” speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC last week. “You can’t do it.”

Republicans also questioned the move.

Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn called the idea “problematic.” And Senator John Thune questioned the legality of holding political events in the White House.

“Is that even legal?” he asked when reporters asked him about it last week.

“I guess you can’t do that,” he went on. “I assume there are problems with the Hatch Act or something.”

Trump held a campaign rally in Gettysburg in October of the 2016 campaign, making one of his final standpoints for voters before going to the polls.

President Lincoln served at a time of division like we have never seen before. I hope we can look to his example to heal the divisions we are now experiencing. We are a very divided country, ”he said at the time.

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