President Trump issued a warning that the Republican National Convention will be yanked out of North Carolina if the state doesn’t guarantee the August event will be “fully occupied.”
A ton of tweets posted on Twitter early Monday morning demanded the “Democratic Governor,” Roy Cooper give the RNC answer right away about the convention’s ability to pack the location as the state works toward reopening its economy.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
“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,” Trump said. “Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena. In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space.”
“Plans are being made by many thousands of enthusiastic Republicans, and others, to head to beautiful North Carolina in August,” he said. “They must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied. If not, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site. This is not something I want to do. Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!”
President Trump seems to be growing more and more frustrated with the continuing shutdowns that are currently strangling the United States economy in light of the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday evening, the president tweeted that schools should reopen “ASAP.”
The state of North Carolina has entered the second phase of its plan to reopen the economy. Breweries, restaurants, and salons have now been allowed to open for business, though at a limited capacity. This capacity limit is set to expire on June 24.
Vice President Mike Pence echoed Trump, telling Fox News on Monday they look forward to seeing a “swift response” from Cooper. He said Republicans may look to other states that are “further along” in reopening their economies as alternative locations for the convention. Pence noted that Florida and Georgia, both of which are led by Republican governors, have made “tremendous progress.”
Guess we’ll have to wait and see how the next phase of North Carolina’s reopening goes before we hear one way or the other about whether or not the RNC will be holding the convention in the state.
It’s well past time for states to reopen. A lot of them are working toward it, but it’s still pretty slow going. Here’s to hoping we can return to normal some time soon.