Now that he’s pulled the 2020 Republican National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, because the state refused to guarantee they would allow a full venue due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, President Donald Trump is searching for another location, but whatever city he chooses next, he may have problems getting delegates to attend, according to The New York Times:
“Adding to the uncertainty surrounding the convention is the trepidation delegates are feeling about attending a crowded gathering. Already, states like Indiana are having difficulty filling both their delegate and alternate spots. Many convention delegates are over 60 and therefore more vulnerable to the (COVID-19) virus.”
Indiana, it should be noted, is the home state of Vice President Mike Pence.
Florida is now considered to be the most likely state that will play host to the GOP convention, as the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has lobbied hard and is a close friend and political ally of the president.
But Florida is also one of the states that has experienced a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases since reopening the state. On Friday, the state hit a new one-day record for COVID-19 cases since it reopened, Newsweek reports:
“There were at least 1,495 new cases reported as of Friday, which brings Florida’s total number to over 61,000. There were also at least 53 new deaths reported, increasing the state’s total number to at least 2,660.”
Given those facts, Florida might play host to the convention only to see its cases skyrocket even higher, and it remains uncertain if delegates would feel any safer in the Sunshine State, especially if the rate of infection is rising when the convention is held in August.
Some Republicans say conventions are relics of the past and need to be scaled back. Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist and former adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, told the Times:
“I look at conventions the same way as the State of the Union. The idea that conventions have this big, enduring impact is a relic of a campaign system of the past. Conventions are already a less important part of introducing a candidate and delivering that general election message.”
Despite that, Trump is said to be demanding a big convention to give the impression that he’s as popular as ever, even with his failures on fighting the virus and the flagging U.S. economy. As usual, he’s willing to harm others for his own glorification.
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