This is what he teased to the New York Times in early June:
A "winner's evening" of Trump Likers has got to include Paul O'Neill, right? And Johnny Damon? I mean, Trump wants to own the Yankees (and we want him to). He would never overlook two champions of the Bronx "who like [him] a lot."Donald Trump has some ideas for how to jazz up the Republican National Convention, and he previewed one at a rally here on Friday evening: a “winner’s evening” of sports celebrities and champions addressing the convention rather than politicians.“We’re going to do it a little different, if it’s O.K.,” he told the crowd. “I’m thinking about getting some of the great sports people who like me a lot.”
The speeches they'd give. That O'Neill whine, sawing through a fractured description of the meals he ate in Cleveland. Damon's halting "likes" and "you knows." Those two great winners' nuanced takes on trade with China.
Well, stop dreaming. The schedule is out, and we don't get "winner's evening." We get "Benghazi evening." We don't get Paulie. We don't get Johnny. All we get is two athletes who don't even play baseball. And one of them is a football player who doesn't even play football.
The New York Times again:
If Yankee-free Benghazi Night is all we can expect from a Donald Trump presidency, then I'm with her.Night 1: A Benghazi focus, followed by border patrol agents and [Jamiel] Shaw, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Senator Cotton, [Rudolph] Giuliani, Melania Trump, [Joni] Ernst and others.Night 2: A focus on the economy: [Dana] White, president of the U.F.C.; Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas; Michael Mukasey, the former United States attorney general; Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a vice-presidential possibility; Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader; Tiffany Trump; Donald Trump Jr. and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.Night 3: [Pam] Bondi; [Eileen] Collins; Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker; Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Eric Trump; [Natalie] Gulbis; and the nominee for vice president.Night 4: [Tim] Tebow; Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma; Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman; Gov. Rick Scott of Florida; [Peter] Thiel; [Thomas J.] Barrack; Ivanka Trump; Donald J. Trump.