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The Harsh Reality Behind Trump’s Reality Show

But Mr. Trump’s disapproval ratings are even higher in the suburbs than they are in cities. A Fox News poll this month found him trailing Mr. Biden 54 percent to 38 percent in the suburbs.

The reality-TV segments and other portions of the convention filmed on the White House grounds have raised ethics concerns: The Hatch Act is widely thought to prohibit presidents from using the trappings of their office in their re-election bids. But the Office of Special Counsel, an independent government office that has authority to enforce the Hatch Act, released a statement today saying that it considered parts of the White House, such as the Rose Garden and South Lawn, viable for political acts, and wouldn’t be “grandstanding” about “potential violations that may or may not occur.”

Tonight, Vice President Mike Pence will address the convention. He, too, is more unpopular in the suburbs than anywhere else, according to the Fox News poll, with 58 percent of suburban voters expressing a negative view of him.

Mr. Pence’s wife, Karen, will also give a speech, as will Lara Trump, an adviser to the president’s campaign and the wife of his son Eric Trump.

Madison Cawthorn, 25, the Republican nominee for the North Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, will also address the convention in his first appearance under national lights. In June, the young nominee, who had turned to politics after surviving a near-fatal car crash that left him partly paralyzed, won the Republican primary by besting a Trump-endorsed foe. But in the months since, he’s been accused of aggressive sexual behavior and was found to have used an acronym associated with white supremacist groups in the name of his real-estate company. The president has praised Mr. Cawthorn saying, “You’re going to be a star of the party.”

As usual, you can watch the full two-hour broadcast beginning at 9 p.m., at nytimes.com. Our reporters will be online dishing out their analysis — and fact checks — in real time. CNN, MSNBC and PBS will show the full two-hour event, but Fox News and the major broadcast TV networks will air only the second half.


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