Just about everybody already knows that the Republican National Convention is supposed to be happening here in Charlotte in August. In fact, schools start back later than usual to accommodate all of Charlotte’s traffic for the RNC which will be happening August 24-27.
Now, what’s the issue? We’ve known the RNC is coming, but with the global pandemic going on – Charlotte has made it clear that they want the RNC to happen, but it just might have to happen differently. Other options were explored keeping social distancing in mind, but now President Trump is threatening to pull the RNC from NC all together.
So why is he threatening to pull the RNC from NC? Because he says that he needs a “guarantee” from Governor Roy Cooper that the event could be held at full capacity. Full capacity meaning 20,000 people being inside together at Spectrum Center, in just three months.
As of right now, North Carolina has just entered “Phase 2” of their ReOpening plan, with intentions of moving to Phase 3 not starting until the end of June. Governor Roy Cooper is asking the RNC for a written plan on how they will follow COVID-19 protocols. “It’s okay for political conventions to be political but the pandemic response cannot be,” Cooper said.
Vice President Mike Pence did an interview on “Fox & Friends” and said that if NC doesn’t give them a guarantee, they will consider moving the convention to a state further along in the reopening. In the same interview, Pence listed Florida, as well as Georgia & Texas as possible host states.
SOURCE: New York Times