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Today's Republican Convention Speakers: D-List Celebs, Anti-LGBT Pols

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From left: Tom Cotton

The list includes failed presidential candidate Rick Perry, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, and more.

The list of speakers for the opening day of the Republican National Convention reads like a who's who -- of D-list celebrities and far-right, anti-LGBT politicians.

On the convention's official website, the list of those scheduled to speak today in Cleveland includes Willie Robertson of the Duck Dynasty family; actor-model Antonio Sabato Jr.; and actor Scott Baio, who the site notes is "best remembered for the '80s sitcom Charles in Charge." (His wife went on an anti-lesbian tear a few years back, by the way.)

Then there's former Texas governor and failed presidential candidate Rick Perry -- who once said gay people were born that way, just like alcoholics -- along with other anti-LGBT pols such as U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Tom Cole of Arkansas, and Joni Ernst of Iowa, and U.S. Reps. Michael McCall of Texas and Sean Duffy of Wisconsin.

Also on the schedule are families of people who were killed by undocumented immigrants; survivors of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya; presumptive nominee Donald Trump's wife, Melania; and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Expect lots of immigrant-bashing and blaming Hillary Clinton for the Benghazi attack, and probably some anti-LGBT rhetoric as well. There's plenty of the latter in the party's draft platform, which delegates will vote on tomorrow. Today's theme, by the way, is "Make America Safe Again" -- the question being, for who?

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