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  • Writer's pictureDavid Laurence

Gov. Cooper Blocks the RNC Convention in Charlotte, Citing Public Safety Concerns – Right Afte

Governor Cooper announced that he will not allow the Republican National Convention to take place in Charlotte as planned. Citing public safety concerns as his excuse, Cooper has insisted on requiring ambiguous restrictions that would severely impede the convention.

We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority. — Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) June 3, 2020

Below you can read the Cooper’s letter to the RNC.

Today Gov. Cooper shared a letter with RNC officials to continue the conversation about the convention in Charlotte. — Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) June 2, 2020

However the hypocrisy of his “concern” over public safety is clear from his decision to join protesters in Raleigh as they marched through the street downtown. Thousands of protesters have gathered around the North Carolina Capitol, congregating in highly compact groups, for days on end, without concern for social distancing. Yet Cooper has seen fit to obstruct an event of national importance which is planned to take place in August, over two months away.

Governor Cooper can be seen wearing a blue button-down shirt as he readjusts his mask for a photo opportunity

The RNC Convention is an immense event, which requires over a year in planning and preparation. Large events like the RNC Convention provide a massive injection of money into the host city. Some estimate that Charlotte will miss out on $163,000,000 in economic benefit. President Trump commented on Gov. Cooper’s decision on Twitter.

…millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020

Cooper’s actions suggest his decision to obstruct the RNC Convention has little to do with COVID-19, but is more about him abusing his executive authority to serve a partisan agenda.

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