The Republican National Convention, scheduled to take place in Charlotte, N.C., on August 24th, is in danger of being severely curtailed, if not ruined altogether, by the politically convenient rationale of North Carolina Democrat Governor Roy Cooper citing that the convention would violate social distancing rules. President Donald Trump strongly objects.
President Trump warned Monday that GOP planners would be “reluctantly forced” to acquire a new location for the convention if the governor can’t assure the Republicans will be allowed “full attendance” at the gathering currently planned in North Carolina’s largest city.
…full attendance in the Arena. In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space. Plans are being….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020
Trump added, “[Planners] must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied. If not, we will be reluctantly forced…to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site. This is not something I want to do. Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!”
Governor Cooper’s office shot back, insisting health officials are working with the Republican National Committee and “will review its plans as they make decisions about how to hold the convention in Charlotte…North Carolina is relying on data and science to protect our state’s public health and safety.”
That is political doublespeak for “We’ve got you where we want you because of the late date. Now, we’re going to stall until you’re caught without a venue.”
Statement from Gov. Cooper’s spokesperson on today’s comments about the Republican National Convention: pic.twitter.com/xDuNWstqjQ
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) May 25, 2020
“As the Governor said, pandemics cannot be political,” spokeswoman Sadie Weiner told the media, “North Carolina is using the data and the science based on White House guidance to inform our three-phased approach to lifting restrictions. The health and safety of North Carolinians is the top priority as we battle COVID-19.”
Vice-President Mike Pence weighed in on the question, saying the GOP expects a “swift response” from the governor, and emphasized that the party could, if needed, move the event to a state that’s “further along on reopening and [that] can say with confidence that we can gather there.”
Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest told the press, “The RNC wants to hold a full in-person convention in Charlotte, but we need the governor to provide assurances that it can occur. We will need some answers sooner rather than later, or we will be forced to consider other options.”
This move on the part of Governor Cooper is part of a harassing action on the part of the Democratic Party on a national level. They know that GOP spin doctors, evidenced by the president’s rallies, know how to put on a great show. The Democrats also know that the president’s charisma radiates through the screen. Thus throwing any obstacle they can think of in the way of stopping the multi-day GOP infomercial will, they believe, hurt the president’s chances in November. Hence this move.
But following the Democrat ethos of politics over people, to establish the continuation of sham virus rules to stop the GOP convention they must also continue the rules for all citizens in North Carolina. So those residents of the Tar Heel State, not so much for the GOP —as it can move the convention and already are likely planning to do so— will suffer longer disruption of their lives so the governor can execute a political ploy.