Editorial: Don't be fooled. If GOP abandons Charlotte, it will be on President Trump
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 -- Whether or not Republicans abandon Charlotte and the immense amount of hard work and expense that has already gone into the planning and staging of the Republican National Convention set to start Aug. 24 isn't up to Gov. Roy Cooper. It is up to the president and GOP convention officials. Don't be conned. This is a mess of Donald Trump's making and it will be his to clean up.Posted — Updated
It was one of President Donald Trump’s sunrise eruptions on Twitter that got North Carolina all a flutter.
Don’t be conned. This is a mess of Donald Trump’s making and it will be his to clean up. North Carolina’s governor won’t stand in the way of the convention. He and his administration are just doing their jobs to protect the health of North Carolinians and those who will be visiting the state. Does the president care how many people could get sick while at the convention?
It is up to Trump’s convention team to meet Cohen’s most prudent request for “several sceneries planned that can be deployed depending on the public health situation.” It was, unlike Trump’s threat, a message of cooperation and concern. “We look forward to continuing to work with you and your team to ensure a safe RNC,” Cohen said.
The economic and political cost to uprooting the convention, at this late date, would be overwhelming. There is no simple way to back out of long-standing commitments with all kinds of service providers and others. The lawyers for the Charlotte-area agencies and businesses are probably already gearing up. Further, the reality that in just a few weeks another venue could be identified and geared up would be fanciful.
The reality is, as indicated in Dr. Cohen’s letter, state local and GOP convention organizers have been meeting and talking regularly, as recently as last Friday. They have been working together on ways to be sure the convention goes on as planned and the health and safety of convention participants and the public is assured.
That might not have created a Twittter-storm, but it would have been the reassuring truth. That, from Donald Trump, really would be news.
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