President Trump and the GOP called on Democrat governor of North Carolina to provide assurances that the Republican National Convention could be held in Charlotte this summer.
The governor continued to push strict lockdown measures over COVID-19 and refused to give the president a clear answer. Trump gave him a firm deadline. Now that the deadline’s come and gone, the president has announced they will be moving the event to another state—taking with them millions of dollars.
On Tuesday, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper officially rejected the Republican Party’s demand that he pre-authorize a “full” Republican National Convention as planned in Charlotte in late August. In response, President Trump announced that his party will now be looking to bring their economy-boosting, job-creating convention to another state.
Why It’s Important:
As cases of COVID-19 decline across the nation, states roll out plans to reopen their economies. From coast to coast, businesses are coming back—with signs that the economy is already rebounding.
By late summer many believe major events, including sports and conventions, can resume. But the governor of North Carolina is seemingly unwilling to assure the RNC that their event can be held—without significant scaling back.
The president and others accused the governor of unfairly trying to interfere with the opposing party’s event. Trump said Cooper wanted Republicans, Democrats, and independents to “spend millions” to travel to Charlotte, only to be denied access to the venue.
Moving the event means a loss of millions of dollars—perhaps hundreds of millions—for Charlotte and the state. Tens of thousands of visitors would have descended on the city, meaning considerable business for restaurants, hotels, and shopping centers.
That’s all lost, as the event moves to another state.
- The GOP asked the Democrat governor of NC to allow their full convention in August.
- Cooper dragged out his answer, rejecting Republicans at the time of their deadline.
- President Trump announced they will move the convention to another state, taking with them “hundreds of millions” of dollars.