Is Clint Eastwood At The Republican National Convention? A Second Empty Chair Performance Isn't Promising

Even though we’re just a few days out, there still may be some surprise speakers for Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week. Donald Trump has bragging about the list of speakers for the RNC for weeks now, but the guest list still doesn't appear to be set in stone. One potential guest is certainly on the minds of observers after his infamous appearance at the 2012 Republican Convention: actor and director Clint Eastwood.

Eastwood has supported Trump’s presidential bid, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar winner has been working with Ann Coulter to garner support for the reality TV business mogul. But the real question is whether he’ll bring his star power to bear in a more public venue, as he did for Mitt Romney at the GOP confab in Tampa in 2012. According to the Associated Press, at the time of writing, Eastwood is not expected to make an appearance in Cleveland. Along with Romney, the Bushes, and a slew of other prominent Republicans, it appears for now that Eastwood will not be voyaging to Cleveland July 18 through July 21.

Admittedly it would be hard for Eastwood to outdo his 2012 Republican National Convention speech. In a halting and semi-disjointed manner, Eastwood addressed questions to an empty chair meant to contain President Obama, attempting a political pantomime that pitched slow balls to a sympathetic audience. Let's just say, it didn't hold a candle to his Dirty Harry performances. The crowd in Tampa seemed to eat it up, but the media wondered aloud just what the heck was going on. Politico observed that “some of the laughter seemed of the nervous variety, of the sort one gives an elderly uncle at the Thanksgiving table in the middle of a story that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.”

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Eastwood was as surprise speaker at Romney’s convention, so for 2016, no one knows if he will or won't be in attendance for for sure. But if Eastwood does grace Cleveland with an appearance, we can be sure it will be a hell of a show.