North Carolina Democrat Governor Roy Cooper has rejected the request to hold a full Republican National Convention this summer in Charlotte, citing safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity,” Cooper wrote in a letter to the Republican National Committee (RNC).
However, Cooper has recently been cheering on the mob behavior of so-called protesters throughout his state despite the fact that they have made a complete mockery of social distancing guidelines.
“Let me be clear about one thing: People are more important than property. Black Lives do Matter,” Cooper wrote on Saturday in a now infamous Tweet.
Republican leadership in the state has criticized Cooper for his lackluster response to widespread rioting, even though he eventually said he would utilize the National Guard to control unruly protesters.
“I’m calling on the governor to fully mobilize the National Guard to make sure these cities and these communities are safe going forward,” Republican state house speaker Tim Moore said. “We’ve now had, if you count Charlotte, three nights of unrest, three nights of looting, three nights of rioting in various cities across the state.”
“The National Guard could have fully been mobilized here ready and been able to deal with these issues as they were unfolding, as opposed to hours and hours late,” he added. “I don’t know how much damage could have been prevented, but I would submit to you that it would be a lot.”
The RNC has given Cooper every chance to comply with their requests. They intend to hold a full convention with 19,000 delegates being seated there and in excess of 50,000 individuals attending the event from Aug. 24-27.
The RNC has demonstrated our commitment to holding a safe and successful convention in Charlotte.
We are hopeful Governor Cooper will finally give us the guidance we need to do so. pic.twitter.com/6IwYBPaJ4A
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 30, 2020
“While we have demonstrated our commitment and acted to ensure a safe convention, to date, we have received no guidance that provides us with any assurances that the Convention can proceed according to the terms of the various participants’ original agreements,” the RNC said.
“Proactively, we have plans in place for temperature checks, testing before and during the Convention, making masks available for those who request one and providing enhanced sanitization of public areas in order to protect the health of attendees and the residents of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County,” they added.
However, if Cooper wants to abuse his power to deny the freedom to assemble for Republicans, there are governors who are willing to step in and take the commerce and revenue that Cooper is denying his state out of spite.
“Florida would love to have the RNC,” said Fla. Gov. Ron Desantis. “Heck, I’m a Republican, it would be good for us to have the DNC in terms of the economic impact.”
“Florida wants to work with you. If you’re a business, if you’re a sports team, if you have some of these events — we want to work with you to get to yes,” DeSantis added.
President Trump has put Gov. Cooper in his sights for attempting to obstruct the RNC:
I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August. Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020
Cooper’s political games will not stop the 1st Amendment rights of Republicans from being exercised at this national convention, whether it is in his state or elsewhere. The deadline the RNC has given Cooper to acquiesce is Wednesday, or they are expected to find another venue to hold their convention.
Department of Justice Investigating After FBI Finds Nine Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballots Discarded in Ditch – All for Donald Trump
The Department of Justice announced that it has begun an investigation into the destruction of nine mail-in ballots found in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
In a statement, the DOJ announced that the nine ballots had been found “discarded.” Seven ballots that were unsealed were all cast for Donald Trump, and two others were sealed, and remain unopened.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the suspicious ballot disposal.
A DOJ statement is describing the destroyed ballots as military ballots. Rules and procedures exist for military service members to cast votes in their home states when they’re stationed at installations across the country and overseas.
Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded. Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Our inquiry remains ongoing and we expect later today to share our up to date findings with officials in Luzerne County. It is the vital duty of government to ensure that every properly cast vote is counted.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany brought up the concerning election interference in Thursday’s press conference, citing the incident as an example of why President Trump and many Americans are highly concerned about the novel use of national mail-in electioneering in 2020.
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) September 24, 2020
Pennsylvania is arguably the most crucial and closely contested state in the 2020 election. The outcome of the entire contest could very conceivably be decided by a few votes in the state.
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