A about-face almost three months before the elections. Donald Trump canceled, Thursday, July 23, the ” big “ Republican convention scheduled for Jacksonville, Florida, to induct him as the party’s presidential candidate on November 3, due to the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus that is flaring in the southern United States.
“We are not going to have a big public convention as such, now is not the time”, he said, believing it to be his duty as president to “Protect the Americans”. Donald Trump also added:
“The timing for this event is not good, given what has happened recently – the outbreak [des infections] in Florida – this is wrong. “
The Republican convention was originally scheduled for Charlotte, North Carolina, August 24-27, but the state’s Democratic governor had wanted a smaller format to meet health recommendations. Annoyed, the Republican president, who has long played down the severity of the pandemic, decided in early June to move most of the meeting to Jacksonville.
Recently, however, he did an about-face, and even admitted that the situation was going to get even worse. The cancellation of the agreement is part of this logic. Some events held in Charlotte out of respect for signed contracts will still take place “And we will have online meetings”, said Donald Trump.
The Democrats for their part announced a month ago that their convention, scheduled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 17 to 20, would be almost entirely virtual. Former Vice President Joe Biden will personally accept his nomination as the party’s candidate.