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Trump (threatens) to move Republican convention if North Carolina won't allow packed arena.

 
 
Reply Mon 25 May, 2020 11:54 am
Trump (threatens) to move Republican convention
if North Carolina won't allow packed arena.



Published May 25, 2020


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Donald Trump has threatened to move the Republican party’s national convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, if the state is not able to commit to “full attendance” at the gathering despite Covid-19 restrictions.

In a series of tweets on Monday morning. Trump said the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, was “still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee” that the party would be able to fill the arena with supporters.

“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,” the US president wrote.

“We would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democratic Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space.”

Trump added: “If not, we will be reluctantly forced … to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site.”

Trump’s tweets came just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases of the coronavirus yet.

On Friday, Cooper permitted some further loosening of restrictions on hair salons, barbers and restaurants in North Carolina. But he said the state must continue to closely watch virus trends and has ordered entertainment venues, gyms and bars to remain closed.

Cooper did not immediately respond to the president’s threat.

The vice-president, Mike Pence, echoed Trump’s threat. “It’s an issue we’ve been talking about because these national conventions literally take many months to organize and prepare and there are, there are states around the country — we think of Texas, we think of Florida, Georgia – the last two states I visited last week that have made tremendous progress on reopening their communities and reopening their economies,” Pence told Fox News.

Trump’s threat built on previous antagonism with Cooper. On 15 May, he accused Cooper of “playing politics” with a cautious reopening of the state and said it would be “bad for them” if the state delayed the convention.

“We’ll have a convention. I’m a traditionalist, but we’ll have to see, like everything else, but I think we’ll be in good shape by that time,” he told the Washington Examiner.

The Republican national convention, scheduled for 24-27 August, is the centerpiece of Trump’s re-election campaign. Prior to the pandemic, the RNC was expected to bring 50,000 people to the city.

But North Carolina is currently in phase two of its coronavirus reopening plan and gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors.

Cooper, who narrowly won election over an incumbent Republican in 2016, faces a challenge in November’s gubernatorial race from the Republican lieutenant governor, Dan Forest, who has urged a faster reopening of businesses.

Trump’s tweets come a day after approximately 4,000 residents bucked Cooper’s restrictions to watch auto racing in Alamance county.

Plans to outfit the Spectrum Center, an indoor arena owned by the city of Charlotte and operated by its main tenant, the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, and arrange accommodations, have been thrown into chaos by the lockdown.

The Republican National Committee chair, Ronna McDaniel, has said that the convention would be held at least partly in person and vowed not to hold “a virtual convention”.

McDaniel said the RNC had enlisted a medical adviser and that the party was consulting with Charlotte’s mayor, Vi Lyles, and the governor.

The US health secretary, Alex Azar, said increasing testing capacity would be important but did not say a traditional convention was a certainty.

“There will be a convention in Charlotte. It’s a matter of what it looks like,” the US senator Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who is up for re-election in 2020, told the Charlotte Observer last week.

But Cal Cunningham, the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat, countered that the state should adhere to public health experts’ recommendations.

“We’re certainly not ready to have large gatherings in North Carolina at this point. We can be hopeful that this virus will burn out and disappear before it’s convention time,” Cunningham told the paper. “But that’s not what the public health experts seem to be suggesting. I strongly urge them to be listening.”

Democrats have already delayed their own convention, which is preparing to nominate the former vice-president Joe Biden to face off against Trump. It is planned for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but there is considerable debate over whether it will be a mostly virtual meeting.

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 25 May, 2020 12:03 pm
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 25 May, 2020 03:41 pm
For Trump it's all about the numbers...of people applauding him.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 25 May, 2020 03:51 pm
Yeah, they'll be applauding him from their death beds.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Tue 26 May, 2020 04:33 am
I agree. It's foolish. The pandemic is not magically "better" just because people insist on lockdowns being lifted. A large number of people packed together will help the virus to spread.
engineer
 
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Reply Tue 26 May, 2020 07:13 am
@Brandon9000,
And Charlotte is a hot spot right now. It will likely be better when the convention rolls around, but having tens of thousands of people flying in from around the country, mixing and then flying back to their communities all over the US is a recipe for disaster.
Real Music
 
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Reply Tue 26 May, 2020 07:01 pm

Trump's Threat To Move Convention Causes Overnight Scramble.


Published May 26, 2020·


https://www.npr.org/2020/05/26/862794118/trumps-threat-to-move-convention-causes-overnight-scramble
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coldjoint
 
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Reply Tue 26 May, 2020 08:19 pm
@engineer,
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mixing and then flying back to their communities all over the US is a recipe for disaster.

It could spread STD's also. People know the risk now what makes you think they will forget it by November? Concerned citizens in Charlotte can hide during the convention and people can hide from the people that traveled. They will be in the minority, because they are already.

People will take the risk.
revelette1
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 11:27 am
@coldjoint,
So now people are asked to die for this President and it's an acceptable risk for you?
coldjoint
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 11:36 am
@revelette1,
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So now people are asked

"Asked" is the operative word here. People should be able to access the risk for themselves not have the decision made for them. This is still America.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 12:09 pm
@coldjoint,

coldjoint wrote:

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So now people are asked

"Asked" is the operative word here. People should be able to access the risk for themselves not have the decision made for them. This is still America.


Yes it is...despite the attempts to transform it into something very different by Trump and many of his supporters.
revelette1
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 12:10 pm
@coldjoint,
A responsible caring president wouldn't ask them to take that risk. It is not essential.
coldjoint
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 12:13 pm
@Frank Apisa,

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Yes it is.

Hi Frank. Then you agree people should make their own risk assessments based on what they believe?
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it into something very different by Trump and many of his supporters.

How exactly are they doing this?
coldjoint
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 12:26 pm
@revelette1,
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A responsible caring president wouldn't ask them to take that risk.

A responsible president would let them make their own decisions. Asking has never been, and will never be, telling.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 02:43 pm
@coldjoint,
coldjoint wrote:


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Yes it is.

Hi Frank. Then you agree people should make their own risk assessments based on what they believe?


You said "This is still America."

I agreed. It is still America.

Quote:

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it into something very different by Trump and many of his supporters.

How exactly are they doing this?


By turning it into something else. Something quite disgusting, in fact.

I thought that was obviousl
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 02:45 pm
@revelette1,
revelette1 wrote:

A responsible caring president wouldn't ask them to take that risk. It is not essential.


Yeah, well...

...we certainly don't have "a responsible, caring president" right now.

We have a classless, ignorant goof-ball filling that spot.
coldjoint
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 02:51 pm
@Frank Apisa,
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We have a classless, ignorant goof-ball filling that spot.

Who is doing a great job, in spite of his faults.
revelette1
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 03:14 pm
@coldjoint,
I find it amazing anyone who voted for Trump still believes in him. I can understand you got to fight for your side if you are a conservative. I even understand undesirables like Barr and McConnel using Trump for their own ends. But actually still having faith in Trump and thinking he has done a good job, you would have to have your head buried in the sand. Trump was just lucky to have inherited a good recovering economy. Then he turned around and passed that massive give away tax break for the richest among us, thereby depleting resources and ready money to run the government, and gutted every program he could get his hands on. Now when this disaster struck, three years into his presidency, we are unprepared. It shows and anyone except the willfully blind or stupid people could see it. Not only that but he is absolutely clueless on how to get us past the curve and on the sure way to decline nationwide.
revelette1
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 03:21 pm
@Frank Apisa,
I honestly think if all things are fair and accommodation is made for our situation on voting day, Trump should lose. However, we are talking of republicans, they can find more way to game the system each year. Plus because people with limited vision chose to vote a protest vote in 16', we have a conservative court under Justice Roberts, they will get away with whatever they pull. So, who knows?
coldjoint
 
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2020 03:24 pm
@revelette1,
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Trump was just lucky to have inherited a good recovering economy.

That is bullshit. he inherited a dead in the water economy. Over taxed and over regulated.
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Then he turned around and passed that massive give away tax break for the richest among us,

That tax cut put more money into the pockets of 85% of the citizens. I had no idea Americans were all that rich.
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It shows and anyone except the willfully blind or stupid people could see it

Are you speaking of the over three years of lies about Russia and a do nothing but investigating Congress with no evidence searching for a crime. You are correct some people are stupid and blind. I am not one of them.
 

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