Trump won’t be in Charlotte, but RNC may still hold events

Henrietta Brewer
June 4, 2020

A Charlotte convention could help Trump boost enthusiasm among North Carolina supporters, but he could also frustrate some voters if he pushes too hard during a delicate time for health and public safety, Bitzer said.

After a week-long feud between the White House and NC state leaders, President Trump has just officially announced that he has made a decision to seek another state to host the 2020 Republican National Convention (Charlotte was initially selected to host the conference in July, 2018).

Trump announced the news via tweet, complaining that the state's governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, and other officials "refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena" and were not "allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised". Would have showcased handsome North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State.

Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) had been demanding that the convention be allowed to move forward with a full crowd and no face coverings - raising alarms in a state that is facing an upward trend in its virus cases, with about 29,900 cumulative cases and 900 deaths as of Tuesday.

As many as 19,000 people, including delegates and party officials, were expected to gather in Charlotte's Spectrum Center, home of the city's National Basketball Association franchise, in late August to nominate President Trump as the party's candidate in the November presidential election.

"We are happy to continue talking with you about what a scaled-down convention would look like and we still await your proposed plan for that". Cooper had until Wednesday to decide whether to lift all social distancing restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic for the GOP to hold its conclave August 24-27 to nominate Trump as its 2020 presidential candidate.

Even before the president's tweet about pulling the event from North Carolina, there were signs that things would go that way.

Patrick Whalen, owner of 5Choice in Charlotte, said the convention would be good for the city, but he added: 'Whether the RNC was going to be here or not, we would have done fine'.

Tennessee's governor, Bill Lee, said GOP officials were coming to scout Nashville on Thursday, and called the city "the best place in America to have a convention".

Cooper could agree to a scaled-down convention but not the full-scale convention he said RNC officials wanted, the Democratic governor wrote in a letter to RNC officials on Tuesday afternoon.

The convention is scheduled to run August 24-27.

Republican governors of Tennessee, Florida and Georgia said they would be interested in hosting a full-scale convention if North Carolina fell through.

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