It is almost hard to believe that this is an election year. Our news cycles have been so inundated with guano-crazy developments that we’ve almost forgotten that there is even an election coming up at this point. Pandemic, murder hornets, and perhaps the largest protest in American history have all demanded our attention in rapid fire.
But, yes: We will be headed to the ballot box in the coming months, and there will be some form of Republican convention to officially nominate President Trump for a second term sometime in the near future…we just don’t know where yet.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Republican Party would seek to pull its August nominating convention out of North Carolina after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper refused to heed a GOP demand that he pre-authorize a gathering of at least 19,000 people.
“Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised,” Trump tweeted shortly after 9 p.m. “We are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”
Cooper explained further.
“As much as we want the conditions surrounding COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the Convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely,” Cooper wrote Tuesday in a letter to Republican leaders. “Neither public health officials nor I will risk the health and safety of North Carolinians by providing the guarantee you seek.”
Cooper said the GOP is demanding a packed arena for the convention, as well as full restaurants, hotels and bars. Given the uncertain health situation, he wrote, a smaller event with social distancing and face coverings “is a necessity.”
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