On August 24, Republican delegates are due to meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, to officially vote to make Trump the GOP candidate. The vote itself would be broadcast live.
This decision was reportedly taken to reduce the number of people present in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The vote has already been reduced from 2,550 to 336 delegates, or one person for every 6 delegates.
“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state of North Carolina, we expect the Charlotte operations to be closed from Friday, August 21 through Monday, August 24,” the RNC convention spokesperson said on Saturday. to the media in a press release. .
Convention officials did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Hill.
A Republican National Committee (RNC) official told The Hill in a statement that “no final decision has been made and we are still working on logistics and media coverage options. “
Trump called off public components of the convention in Jacksonville, Florida last month, citing concerns over the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country and state.
Nomination conventions usually get a lot of media coverage when the party makes its platform known to voters.
An RNC official told CNN that Trump should not accept the nomination with a public speech. If he is physically present at the convention, he will most likely thank the delegates in private, without the presence of the press.
Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller, president of the White House Correspondents Association, said the move was a ” ill-advised decision ”and one that the RNC should reconsider.
“The nomination of a presidential candidate for a major party is really the business of the American people,” he said.
This is a misguided decision that the @GOP @GOPconvention should reconsider. The nomination of a candidate for the presidency of a major party is largely the business of the American people. @whca https://t.co/5661rRgRXK
– Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 1, 2020