President Trump does a surprising about-face … canceling Jacksonville’s part of the GOP convention after weeks of insisting he was moving forward.
The announcement came during a coronavirus briefing at the White House Thursday … Trump claiming the drastic peak of coronavirus in Florida forced his hand to curb the convention.
Trump – who said just a few days ago that wearing a mask was patriotic but above all still refuses to wear one in public – affirmed “there is nothing more important in our country than to protect our people”. He added: “I looked at my team and said that the timing for this event was not the right one. It is just not the right one. To have a great convention, it is not not the right time. “
The GOP convention was originally planned for Charlotte, North Carolina, but Trump moved it to Jacksonville after North Carolina officials shut it down citing COVID restriction guidelines limiting large gatherings. The formal nomination process with delegates is still scheduled in Charlotte.
But big conventions are a thing of the past, at least this time around. Trump said he would always give an acceptance speech … probably during a tele-rally.
Side note … if it’s too dangerous to hold the convention in Florida next month, how safe is it to open schools next month?
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