Good News for North Carolina!

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The president insisting on mass reopening the country in the middle of a pandemic that’s killed nearly 100,000 Americans is unsurprisingly insisting on holding a packed Republican National Convention in August, despite public health experts’ repeated warning against mass gatherings. North Carolina, set to hold the RNC, is not too sure about that one!


CNN reports that Trump spent Memorial Day morning toilet-tweeting about North Carolina’s continued insistence on protecting its populace. Apparently, Governor Roy Cooper (a Democrat) has been “unable to guarantee” that the current Republican National Convention site in Charlotte will be able to operate at full capacity by the end of August, due to, once again, the deadly pandemic currently killing Americans nationwide. Though the virus may abate by the end of the summer, it won’t be gone until there’s a vaccine, if even then, and so it’s not hard to see why the governor might be wary of inviting thousands of people to descend upon his state.

“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 tweeted. “Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena.

He continued: “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.”

No surprise here that Trump is turning this particular temper tantrum into a partisan issue instead of a public health-related one, since Trump’s only interest in public health is as it relates to his approval numbers. Which, like our current state of public health, are not particularly good.




I feel like even if you explained to Trump that holding the RNC as planned in Charlotte could potentially decapitate the Republican party weeks before Election Day, as party leaders, elected officials, political consultants, hardcore supporters, etc. gather from around the country in a single location in tightly packed confines, and that it’s a near-sure bet that a lot of them wouldn’t be wearing masks, thus causing a cluster of COVID outbreaks, he would still insist on doing it because the idea of talking to a half-empty arena makes for bad TV.

But, wouldn’t that be something?

Late November, 2020: “In the aftermath of one of the largest defeats in American political history, the Republican party has been left searching for answers. Some point the finger at President Trump, who never seemed to find an angle to attack President-Elect Joe Biden. Some point it at Congressional Republicans, whose refusal to hold the President accountable cost many of them their seats. To many, however, the turning point in the 2020 election was the Republican National Convention in late August.”

“’I couldn’t believe we were still having this thing,’ one operative said. ‘There’s a pandemic going on, no one is wearing masks, everyone is packed in like sardines, and the only person you couldn’t get within six feet of was Trump.’”

“What happened next was entirely predictable - the RNC became a cluster of COVID cases as multiple candidates, elected officials, and political operatives came down with the virus, with over a dozen deaths tied directly to exposure at the event. Hundreds more were sidelined, either due to hospitalization or more mild symptoms from the virus. Following the event, RNC attendees went home, spread the virus to their friends, family, and colleagues, and the end result is what we saw on Election Day - turnout down dramatically in rural areas as the cities and suburbs surged, delivering the Presidency to Mr. Biden and House and Senate majorities to Congressional Democrats.”

“Comparatively, the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee featured a much more reduced scope, as major figures gave speeches from their homes or offices, in-person events were limited, social distancing was implemented and enforced, and mask-wearing was required. While there was person-to-person transmission at the DNC, there were significantly fewer cases than at the RNC, and no major candidates or officials were exposed.”

“Meanwhile, at the White House, President Trump is still refusing to concede the election, claiming millions of cases of voter fraud. Some in Washington are concerned that the President is becoming increasingly unstable as he faces almost certain indictment by Federal and State prosecutors after he leaves office in late January, on counts ranging from wire fraud to racketeering. Speaker Pelosi, aware of the potential for a disruption to the orderly transfer of power, has requested the Secret Service provide plans for dealing with a President who refuses to leave office.”