The GOP simply can’t seem to catch a break regarding the Republican National Convention.
First, the event was slated to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the global coronavirus pandemic began to take root in the United States, however, NC Governor Roy Cooper told the Republican Party’s leadership that their plans for the convention would need to be adjusted. Cooper was concerned about the safety of his city, and packing an arena full of voters who were already averse to wearing face masks seemed to be a step in the wrong direction.
This disagreement led to the RNC moving the convention to Florida.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, Florida is now the coronavirus capital of the world, and the RNC will still be subject to COVID-19 contingency plans.
The Republican National Committee is planning to sharply limit attendance for its convention in Jacksonville, Fla. next month, shrinking the event celebrating President Donald Trump’s renomination amid concerns about coronavirus.
Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is overseeing planning for the convention, has written a letter to RNC members saying that attendance for the first three nights of the four-night event will be limited to delegates. When Trump delivers his nomination acceptance speech on the fourth night of the convention, August 27, attendance will be expanded to delegates, a guest of their choosing, and alternate delegates.
McDaniel was confident that the event would still feel presidential.
“I want to make clear that we still intend to host a fantastic convention celebration in Jacksonville,” McDaniel wrote. “We can gather and put on a top-notch event that celebrates the incredible accomplishments of President Trump’s administration and his re-nomination for a second term — while also doing so in a safe and responsible manner.”
Given just how quickly the coronavirus situation changes here in the United States, even this modest adjustment could be lightyears away from what actually ends up happening in Jacksonville.