South Carolina’s lieutenant governor will have the honor of formally nominating Donald Trump to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.
Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster confirmed he will give the nomination speech for Trump on Tuesday evening. The address is tentatively scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
McMaster was the only statewide official to endorse Trump prior to South Carolina’s Feb. 20 GOP primary, and one of the first elected officials nationwide to give him their support. Tuesday’s opportunity is seen as a reward for his support, but the lieutenant governor said he viewed it as South Carolina’s moment in the convention.
“We are the First in the South primary. One reason Donald Trump is here is because South Carolinians said they wanted him to be the next president,” McMaster told South Carolina Radio Network. “He realizes that, without South Carolina, he may not be here.”
McMaster is the only South Carolina elected official who will speak at the GOP convention, which runs through Thursday.