Trump Threatens to Move Republican Convention from North Carolina

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Monday to move his August renomination convention for a second term in the White House from Charlotte, North Carolina if the state’s Democratic governor doesn’t give the Republican party an immediate assurance that it will be able to fully occupy a basketball arena in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.“Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, Roy Cooper is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena,” Trump said on Twitter.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, Cooper, like the other 49 U.S. state governors, has begun to ease coronavirus restrictions in his Atlantic coastal state. But restrictions remain and will be in effect yet for weeks.Charlotte, North Carolina’s biggest city, has had more confirmed coronavirus cases and more deaths from the virus than anywhere else in the state.Cooper last Friday lifted his earlier stay-at-home order, but instituted a “Safer At Home” directive.”Just because you can go more places, doesn’t mean you should,” Cooper said.  Restaurants were opened in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, as were public pools at 50% capacity.National political conventions to nominate presidential candidates are a quadrennial tradition in the U.S. The national Democratic party is planning its convention in the midwestern city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Aug. 17-20, a week before the Republican conclave in Charlotte.Democrats, however, are laying the groundwork for a possible virtual convention to give their presidential nod to their presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, with sharply scaled-back festivities in Milwaukee.Trump, however, has voiced his determination for a full-blown, four-day Republican convention, with thousands of delegates in Charlotte’s Spectrum Center cheering speeches attacking Biden and Democrats and culminating with the traditional drop of thousands of red, white and blue balloons from the arena rafters. 

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