It was Donald Trump who chose Charlotte, North Carolina to host his year's Republican convention where his presidential nomination will be rubber stamped.
Now he's warning the state governor he'll take his convention elsewhere unless the state exempts the event from social distancing requirements.
"I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August," Trump said in a series of tweets. "Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena. In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space."
The President's calls for a "guarantee" from North Carolina officials overlooks the uncertainty surrounding the summertime levels of the coronavirus and the challenges of hosting a political convention -- or any large event -- in the middle of an ongoing public health crisis.
In an interview last week, Cooper said that data and science will guide his decisions on whether the state can hold large gatherings like the convention. He said the Republican convention, which he supported bringing to Charlotte, will be treated like any other event.As for me, I'm with Trump on this one. What could be more fitting than to see so many prominent Republicans packed like sardines in a convention center with some of them shedding virus as they cheer and whistle in support of the Mango Mussolini?