The Republican National Convention was supposed to play out in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer, bringing to the area thousands of visitors and millions of dollars. But when Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper refused to assure the RNC that they could hold their convention without restrictions due to the coronavirus, President Trump and party leaders decided to take their business elsewhere. They found their new location this week, announcing that while the official business of the convention will still take place in Charlotte, the rest of the event – the part that really attracts a crowd – will unfold in Jacksonville, Florida.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great city of Jacksonville,” said GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Not only does Florida hold a special place in President Trump’s heart as his home state, but it is crucial in the path to victory in 2020. We look forward to bringing this great celebration and economic boon to the Sunshine State in just a few short months.”
According to the Associated Press, the event could bring in more than $100 million in revenue to Jacksonville – a cash cow that any city would be idiotic to turn down in the midst of the COVID recession.
“I’m biased, but this is a great choice!” tweeted Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). “The state of Florida and the city of Jacksonville are ready and excited to host President @realDonaldTrump for the fun part of the Republican Convention. It’s the first step towards a big win in November!”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also expressed his excitement about bringing the convention to the Sunshine State.
“Florida is honored to host this special event where we will celebrate the re-nomination of President Donald J. Trump,” the governor said in a statement. “Jacksonville is a great city that will showcase Florida’s energy, facilities, entrepreneurship and commitment to bring together the delegates of the Republican Party at a historic time in our nation’s history.”
Remember a few years ago when every mainstream news organization in the country was raining down hellfire on the then-Republican governor of North Carolina and the GOP legislature for banning transgender people from using the opposite-sex bathrooms? Remember how those Republicans were raked over the coals for costing the state untold millions in lost concerts and sporting events after liberal bands and organizations opted out?
For some reason (outside of explicitly conservative media) we can’t find a single article blasting Cooper for doing the exact same thing.