Trump Call to Pull RNC Convention from NC, Surprises Republicans

Ever since he emerged as a candidate for president in 2015, Donald Trump has baffled even Republicans. Even supporters of the president agree that he is hard to predict, and the long weekend’s biggest news is no different. Over Memorial Day Weekend, Trump’s tweets took aim at North Carolina governor Roy Cooper. In Trump’s tweets, he warns that Cooper is moving too slow to open back up from the COVID-19 lockdown.

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As a result, Trump warns Cooper, he may even have the Republican Party pull the convention out of Charlotte. However, this was big news to the Republican National Committee, as well as Cooper and the officials in Charlotte.

Trump Targets Democratic Governors Over Lockdowns

Over Memorial Day weekend, Trump tweeted out his warning to the Democratic governor.

“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.”

Trump goes on to mention that, while he loves the people of North Carolina, he’ll pull the convention if he has to. This is part of an ongoing strategy for the president, who has been using the pandemic to browbeat Democratic governors. While states move at varying paces to lift COVID-19 restrictions, Republicans are growing frustrated with what they see is Democrats’ slow pace.

2020 Election Likely to be Contentious

The 2020 election is likely to see incumbent Trump facing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Among younger voters, both candidates are not well-liked. This is driving fear that the election could have very low youth voter turnout. This is an issue more for Democrats than Republicans, however. Younger voters tend to skew Democratic, while older voters tend to skew Republican.

The election will be a fraught one. Democrats in Congress have been seeking financial records from Trump’s various businesses as part of ongoing investigations into his foreign ties. Trump has decried the process as “presidential harassment,” and has resisted calls to release his tax returns. The Supreme Court is hearing cases related to the president’s finances this session.

As such, this summer could see the final decision on the case. This means the Supreme Court will decide whether or not the public will be made privy to Trump’s finances. Should this happen, the November election is sure to be an interesting one.