I fully expect the convention to be moved before the end of the month. Trump will demand it. He will not tolerate anyone standing up to his bullying and performative chaos, and Trump figures it will cost Cooper a second term in November against Cooper's Republican Lt. Governor, Dan Forest (Governor and Lieutenant Governor have always been separate elections in NC, which makes for some weird stuff like this.)
The GOP, Thursday afternoon:
Officials announced Thursday that the main event of the Republican National Convention will now be held in Jacksonville, Florida instead of Charlotte.
The new location of the August convention will also include President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great city of Jacksonville,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Not only does Florida hold a special place in President Trump’s heart as his home state, but it is crucial in the path to victory in 2020. We look forward to bringing this great celebration and economic boom to the Sunshine State in just a few short months.”
Officials said the celebration of Trump’s re-nomination will take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
The decision comes after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper voiced concerns about holding a full-scale convention. The governor balked at promising Trump a full-blown convention in Charlotte without social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.
The RNC voted Wednesday to hold a significantly scaled-down convention in Charlotte, allowing the party’s more mundane business, including discussions over the platform, to be held in the Queen City because of contractual obligations.
The decision means a little more than 300 delegates will come to Charlotte to officially select Trump as the party’s nominee. That will likely be the only official business actually done in the city.
A proposal from Republican State Rep. John Torbett of Gaston to keep Trump in Charlotte for the Republican National Convention will not go up for a vote.
The Republican National Committee, which oversees the convention says Jacksonville, Florida is the top site for Trump to accept his party’s nomination. The last ditch-effort by state lawmakers contradicted Cooper’s insistence that the state could not promise a full capacity crowd because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Trump will speak elsewhere, the RNC insists some of its business activities will continue to be held in Charlotte.
So Charlotte can't sue for breach of contract, and Trump gets his convention floor filled with slavering fans, with yet another opportunity for a massive spike in Florida's COVID-19 infections, all to placate Trump's massive ego. An almost Trumpian solution to a 100% Trump-created disaster.