The organizers of the Republican National Congress seem to have come to a standstill with the state of North Carolina because of the social distance at the party congress appointed in Charlotte in late August.
After weeks of trading in hard-written letters, punctuated by angry threats from President Donald Trump about moving the convention to a more welcoming city, the Republican Party organizers did not seem to get close to getting the desired green light for the mass meeting than they were a month ago.
Meanwhile, the state of North Carolina, where the number of cases of coronavirus is still growing, is not approaching nominating Republicans to agree on restrictions on participants or methods of social distance, both of which Trump categorically rejected.
North Carolina officials, in a letter published Friday, requested the Republican National Committee to expand its plans for the safe conduct of the convention, while respecting the principles of social distance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and applied by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper .
“Currently, the CDC has interim guidance on mass gatherings that details the number of security protocols that major event organizers should use in this pandemic. “We would like to ask the RNC to give more details about its plans to protect the convention parties and the people of Charlotte, under the guidance of the CDC,” said a letter sent to Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
North Carolina had previously called on the NRC to develop a safe convention plan to minimize the distribution potential of Covid-19. But the NRC circumvented the issue of publishing a social distance plan in its discussions with North Carolina.
In a letter published Thursday, the RNC outlined a number of security protocols, such as scanning the temperature at the entrance and the presence of a disinfectant at the convention venue.
But their lack of plan is a way of encouraging social distance and limiting the number of people who can attend the congress.
In a statement to CNBC, the RNC said it hopes to get clearer directions from North Carolina on how to hold the conference in August.
“We were hoping to get specific details from Governor Cooper on how to plan our convention in Charlotte.” After all, if public schools can be open early on August 17th, we need to know how to host the event on August 24th, ”he said. Representative of RNA Rick Gorka.
“Instead, we have no obligation to provide clarity or guidance. Like the rest of the state, we will be ready and waiting for the North Carolina leadership to offer clear guidance on how we should safely plan the type of convention for which we are initially contracted, “Gorka said.
This stalemate comes a few days after President Donald Trump announced that he would be “reluctant to” reschedule the convention, with the result that several Republican officials in Texas, Atlanta, and Florida presented their states as possible venues.
The coronavirus pandemic cut off the president from his favorite rallies, and he sees the August convention as a key opportunity to demonstrate the passion and size of his party’s support base.
Without the television image of an overcrowded conference room greeting Trump wildly, the president reportedly feels that his campaign would appear to be diminished, and he would be deprived of the landscape that befits the incumbent president appointed by his party.
Meanwhile, the congress of the Democratic Party should take place a week before the congress of the Republican Party, and its organizers indicated that they plans to hold a virtual event,
may 13 statementThe DNC said it was taking these steps to “plan a safe event to ensure that every delegate can go about their official business without jeopardizing their own health.”
The statement continued: “Since much is still unknown about the scope and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, this resolution will make it easier for our team to adjust things like the format, size or date of the convention as the situation continues to unfold in real time. , continuing to cheer up and uniting us, this puts our candidacy on the path to victory in November. “
DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC about the latest development with RNC.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the outbreak has spread to dozens of countries: more than 5.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 360,800 deaths. According to recent estimates, at least 1.7 million cases and at least 101,600 deaths have been reported in the United States.