There’s two things Donald Trump loves: his family and his country. JUST KIDDING, it’s bloviating before a crowd of adoring fans and reveling In the subsequent media coverage. So it comes as quite a shock that one of his biggest platforms of the election cycle, the Republican National Convention, will be shutting out the press for the first time In recent history.
The RNC convention spokesperson said In a statement, “Given the health restrictions and limitations In place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed press Friday, August 21 — Monday, August 24.” They added, “We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events.”
Trump’s renomination at the GOP convention should be an easy, self congratulatory victory lap. But with a raging pandemic, an economic collapse, and his lowest approval ratings to date, republicans are choosing to quietly endorse Trump’s second run. Wow, it’s almost like they’re ashamed of their own president or something.
The convention, which will take place In Charlotte, North Carolina, is the subject to the safety restrictions and parameters of North Carolina’s democratic governor Roy Cooper. Trump threatened to relocate the convention to Jacksonville, Florida, but eventually bowed out as COVID-19 cases kept spiking In the state.
The RNC has said that they will live-stream some portions of the convention, like the delegates voting. Trump, who normally would make an acceptance speech, will instead be privately thanking the delegates In a sober, stripped down convention. It’s a shocking turn from the president who has never passed up press coverage. Trump has notoriously impersonated a fake spokesman, John Barron, to drum up his own press.
The convention will only be hosting 336 delegates to vote In person (one for every six delegates) In accordance with the limited capacity. Obviously both major party conventions will be operating at limited capacity due to the coronavirus. Still, the act of banning the press is the simply unprecedented. Many journalists took to Twitter to question the move, and to wonder what exactly the GOP has to hide:
Confirming this — but a GOP official familiar w/ the plans tells me the convention won’t be entirely closed door. The Monday proceedings — incl the vote to formally nominate Trump — will be livestreamed. But no press on-site RNC is the blaming NC Gov social distancing restrictions https://t.co/6QwQYe85YS
Unreal. “We are planning for all of the Charlotte activities to be closed press: Friday, August 21 – Monday, 24th given the health restrictions and limitations In place In the state," the convention spokesperson said In an email. " https://t.co/303XJS8slx