GOP: Renomination Of Trump To Be Held In Private

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President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, July 31, 2020. Trump is returning to Washington after attending events in Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, citing the coronavirus.

While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more.

Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas, as political parties seek to leverage the attention the events draw to spread their message to as many voters as possible. If the GOP decision stands, it will mark the first party nominating convention in modern history to be closed to reporters.

“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,” a convention spokeswoman said. “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.”

Privately some GOP delegations have raised logistical issues with traveling to either city, citing the increasing number of jurisdictions imposing mandatory quarantine orders on travelers returning from states experiencing surges in the virus.

The subset of delegates in Charlotte will be casting proxy votes on behalf of the more than 2,500 official delegates to the convention. Alternate delegates and guests have already been prohibited.

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  1. To those of you with a military background: If the photo is looked at carefully, the Air Force Master Sergeant on the right, is performing a perfect salute, with his right hand and arm straight as a ramrod; however, the Senior Master Sergeant on the left, who should know bette,r is performing a sloppy salute, with his right arm and right hand bent. Even airmen in basic training, know how to perform a better salute than that.

      • How would Joe Biden know that? He is a priviliged white draft dodger with 6 deferments. His brothers, white & black, were being slaughtered on the killing fields in Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia and this priviliged elitist was busy feeling up women and smelling their hair while showing off his hairy legs.

    • Both salutes are fine. Don’t nitpick.

      It is worth noting the Air Force does not have a special honor guard at Andrews for VIP arrivals and so on. It is a duty roster. I like that.

  2. Trump is imploding. Suggesting to cancel the Nov election threw conservative voters into a tailspin. Independent voters, suburban women tired of his perpetual crises. Voter fraud fraud. Young voters angry at his TikTok nonsense. Educated voters always despised him. Check the polls. He’s toast.

  3. Could it be that those involved don’t want TV coverage because they are afraid that their involvement in nominating a divisive inept corrupt ignorant man will haunt them in future?

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