GOP Scales Back Convention Plans, Relenting On Virus Restrictions
Attendance will be limited to delegates for most of the event, a far smaller crowd than President Trump had insisted on. Health and safety protocols will also be in place.
Alex Wong/Getty Imagestoggle captionAlex Wong/Getty ImagesRepublican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel walks with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on the South Lawn of the White House in May. She is describing the August convention as a"convention celebration."
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe Republican Party announced Thursday morning that it is scaling back its upcoming nominating convention and will hold what party chair Ronna McDaniel is calling a"convention celebration" next month in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bowing to the realities of holding a mass gathering in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in Florida, which has seen a spike in new cases, attendance at the convention during its first few days, Aug. 24-26, will be limited to delegates only, which is a little more than 2,500 people.
On the final day of the Republican National Convention, Aug. 27, when President Trump will give his acceptance speech, each of those delegates will be able to have a guest, and alternate delegates will be able to attend. This will bring a total of around 7,000 people, an expected attendance in line with Trump's one post-pandemic rally in Tulsa, Okla., last month.
The specific location of speeches and other events remains unsettled, with McDaniel listing the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, an indoor facility seating 15,000 people, along with other nearby outdoor facilities as locations that will host different daytime and evening events.
McDaniel also listed health safety measures the party plans to implement."This plan includes but is not limited to on-site temperature checks, available PPE, aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available COVID-19 testing," she wrote.Despite adjusting plans in the midst of the surge in COVID-19 across Florida, McDaniel still criticized North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, saying he decided"to play politics" by insisting on pandemic-related restrictions for the originally planned convention in Charlotte.
Formal convention business, with less than 200 party officials, will take place in Charlotte on Aug. 24. Read more: NPR Health News »
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Fine. And all media platforms will fawn over it like thirsty, pick me potential lovers. But by all means, let’s fill those classrooms. That is a lot of people... 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 So they are now admitting there is a problem yet still unwilling to act for the good of the country. Gotcha. But... That means fewer deaths, Trump won't like this.
And they want children to go back to school. Rich!!! Every single gop senator except Romney should be forced to attend Hold it in a school. No media coverage for Democrats? no one cares NPR VoteThemAllOut2020 TraitorsSupportTraitorTrump MaskUpAmerica 😷 Sounds like a tulsarallyflop crowd 😂😂😂 Fuck’em pack in anyone who wants to go.
Corona viruses loves many people packed together. They can multiply then multiply and multiply. A feast for these human killers. Like Trump says....students - I mean Delegates - must get back to school - I mean get back to the convention. They Must have in-person school - I mean in-person conventions. Science should not stand in the way of a fully packed convention.
That's because nobody wants to go to Jacksonville Fl in the covid capital of the USA. Just before it lets out, they all need to be ordered to quarantine in place there together. Survivors can rejoin the rest of the species after 14 days if they test negative. Converting into Trump’s version Attendance for the first few days...to RNC delegates, which is a little more than 2.5 million people. The final day is expected to total about 70 million people. Tremendous success. Never seen anything like this before. TV ratings through the roof
In all honesty it seems unnecessary they already know who the nominee is so why hold a convention Can convention delegates vote by mail. If so it might be 250. So. Much. Winning. Just enough to spread the love around to all the mask less ignorant crowd. No one wanted to attend so they are scaling it back lmao
They should cancel the convention, apologize for the damage they have done to America, and then disband. So they want to mass kill the delegates only? Reminds me of the Night of the Knives ... why am I not surprised? 😂 They really have become the party of total incompetence. Democrats colluded with China to bring down Trump.
Good article! Q about 'Trump's one post-pandemic rally' I get you mean 'post [start of] pandemic' but I still stumbled on this. Should we call it 'pandemic era rally' or similar? no should go as planned
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