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President Trump cancels the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville Florida Over Chinese Virus Concerns

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I don’t agree.

It’s a weird flu. We take necessary precautions, but we get on with the busy of living. The US has become the kingdom of the sick and the whining.

The panic pornographers are rubbing their hooves in glee.

Trump announces Jacksonville part of GOP convention will be canceled over coronavirus concerns
‘The timing for this event is not right, it’s just not right’

By Andrew O’Reilly, Paul Steinhauser | Fox News

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President Trump announced Thursday that he is canceling the Republican National Convention events that were scheduled to take place next month in Jacksonville, Fla. – citing the rising numbers of COVID-19 in the state.

“The timing for this event is not right, it’s just not right,” Trump said during a press briefing at the White House. “To have a big convention, it’s just not the right time.”

Trump added: “There is nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe.”

The Republican National Committee (RNC) last month chose Jacksonville to host major portions of the convention, after largely abandoning the city of Charlotte, N.C., over disagreements on coronavirus-related crowd restrictions.

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The president and Republican officials were angered after Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, a Democrat, said that because of the pandemic he wasn’t prepared to guarantee the RNC a full-fledged convention with an arena packed full of party officials, delegates and activists as desired by Trump.

While the Jacksonville portion of the convention has been canceled, Trump said that delegates will still meet in North Carolina and that he will give an address when he accepts the nomination.

California Governor Ronald Reagan delivers acceptance speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.

The president’s announcement comes as Florida has become the most recent epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Thursday, the state had recorded more than 390,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – including more than 9,000 in the last 24 hours – and over 5,500 deaths.

After deciding to move the celebratory aspects of the convention out of North Carolina, Jacksonville was likely attractive to GOP officials because it was the only city under consideration as a backup to Charlotte that has a Republican mayor in a state with a governor from the same party.

The RNC planned to hold the Jacksonville parts of the convention in the VyStar arena. But last week — as new cases of the coronavirus surged in Florida — Republican Party officials announced that they were downsizing the events in Jacksonville by limiting the number of people who could attend the convention and moving parts of the confab to outdoor venues.

The downshifting came soon after the city enacted a mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor locations.
Trump cancels Jacksonville part of Republican National Convention; White House calls for schools to reopen

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