Trump Threatens to Move Republican Convention Away From North Carolina if Democrat Governor Interferes
President Donald Trump is threatening to move the Republican National Convention away from North Carolina if the state’s Democratic governor refuses to give the convention organizers a green light to plan the event without any unforeseen social distancing and capacity restrictions.
The President spoke out about the situation in a series of Monday morning tweets.
Trump clarified that the Republican Party would have no choice but to move the convention to a more cooperative location if Governor Cooper continued to leave the event structure in jeopardy through social distancing and capacity restrictions.
Losing the convention of a major American political party would represent a blow to the local economy of North Carolina and Charlotte, where the convention is currently slated to be held.
A statement provided by Cooper in response to Trump’s threat to move the convention didn’t provide much insight as to whether the state plans to let the event proceed as planned.
“State health officials are working with the RNC and will review its plan 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.”
Rumors currently suggest that Republican officials are looking at Arizona as a possible location for a backup convention, should Governor Cooper ice the event.
The Republican convention is currently slated to begin on August 24th, at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.