Dem governor pushes GOP convention out of N. Carolina for health safety, then marches with crowd

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While Democratic governors struggle to control rioting elements wreaking havoc in their states, they had little trouble with dictating authoritarian control in response to the coronavirus imported from Wuhan, China.

And it’s on that note that President Donald Trump announced late Tuesday that the 2020 Republican National Committee will be moved from North Carolina.

Protesters are amassing by the thousands in city after city, to include Charlotte, N.C., but Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will not allow the GOP to hold an event there unless they do so on his coronavirus-driven terms.

And Gov. Cooper is participating in those very protests — with his face mask hanging uselessly around his neck!

Taking to Twitter, the president said Cooper is “still in Shelter-In-Place Mode,” and will not allowing them “to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised,” adding that “we are now forced to seek another state.”

“Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”

Under the guise of “protecting public health,” Cooper responded to Trump to say it was “unfortunate” that Republicans “never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe.”

“We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority,” he tweeted.

The governor stressed the “scaled-down” theme in speaking with reporters.

“We think it is unlikely that we would be to the point at the end of August to be able to have a jam-packed 19,000-person convention in the Spectrum arena,” Cooper said. “So the likelihood of it being in Charlotte depends upon the RNC’s willingness to discuss with us a scaled-down convention, which we would like to do.”

You know, because of COVID-19, which has been sufficiently washed from the front pages of papers in favor of the Great 2020 Race War that will surely undo President Trump’s reelection effort — note the sarcasm.

Cooper worries about a bunch of Republicans gathering in his state, yet a large group protesting the death of George Floyd in response to the media-induced false narrative about “racist cops” is allowed.

In an op-ed run Tuesday in the Washington Examiner, James A. Gagliano, a retired FBI supervisory special agent and CNN law enforcement analyst, wrote that “what happened to Floyd was an aberration and not normal for the vast majority of sworn members of the policing profession.”

Gagliano included this telling analysis:

“In 2019, for instance, police shot and killed 19 unarmed whites (out of a total of 370 killed) and nine unarmed African Americans (out of 235 killed). This means 5.1% of white people fatally shot by police were unarmed, compared to 3.8% of black people killed by police. The definition of “unarmed” also includes those who violently struggle, attack, or attempt to disarm the involved law enforcement officer.”

 

 

As for newspapers, a telling Charlotte Observer editorial on Friday speaks volumes about the politics at play with the Republican convention — after all, North Carolina is a perennial swing state in the 2020 election, so why not force the GOP to abandon the state in the hope that it may offend a few voters there.

The Observer editorial board responded to Trump informing Cooper last week the GOP needs an answer on being able to hold the convention in the state or will have look elsewhere.

“Say no to a guarantee. Maybe it causes Trump to back down for a while. Or, even better, it might prompt the president to move the convention. That could be the best outcome,” the paper proclaimed.

Moving the convention will be no problem, as there are other states clamoring for the business.

The state of Georgia led the nation in reopening and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is eager to take advantage of the momentum, offering last week to host the Republican National Convention in his home state.

Not to be outdone, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis also threw his hat in the ring.

Citing the “economic impact” of having the event, DeSantis said he’d “love to have” it take place in the Sunshine State.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, also Republican, said Nashville would be “the best place in America to have a convention,” after noting that GOP officials are coming to scout the city.

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