5 Senators are Thumbs Down to Attending Republican Convention


Five Republican Senators have canceled plans to attend the Republican National Convention in August.

Trump moved the convention from North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida because he wanted a packed house and Charlotte had distancing rules. 

But senators are backing out and masks are back in play. So is public sentiment.

Many Republicans Call Trump's Florida Rally 'Reckless'

On July 1, Newsweek reported As Biden Lead Grows, Many Republicans Call Trump's Florida Rally 'Reckless'.

A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found Biden had a 12-point advantage, with 53 percent asked intending to back him and 41 Trump.

Convention Poll Question

The pollsters asked people for an opinion on this statement: "holding big traditional gatherings in person, as the Republicans plan, is a mistake because the coronavirus pandemic makes that reckless and dangerous." 

Overall 54 percent of respondents and 36 percent of Republicans asked said this came closest to their view.

Money Woes in Two Cities

Please consider How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities

The abrupt uprooting of the Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville has created a tangled financial predicament for party officials as they effectively try to pay for two big events instead of one.

Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent in a city that will now host little more than a G.O.P. business meeting, and donors are wary of opening their wallets again to bankroll a Jacksonville gathering thrown into uncertainty by a surge in coronavirus cases.

In Jacksonville, fund-raisers are describing the process as the most difficult they have ever confronted: Florida has been setting daily records for new virus cases, freezing money as donors wait and worry about the safety risks of the pandemic.

By the time Mr. Trump decided to move the convention, almost all of the money raised by the Charlotte host committee had been spent on things like salaries, insurance, prepayments on contracts, and other expenses.

Senator Grassley Will Skip the Convention

"I'm not going to go. And I'm not going to go because of the virus situation."

Five Senators Will Skip the Convention

Flashback June 10

Trump Pence Team Photo Op June 10

Vice President Mike Pence deleted a Tweet showing the campaign team, packed together for a photo-op, none of them wearing

"Stopped by to see the great men and women of the Trump-Pence Team today!" the tweet read. "Thank you for all of the hard work, keep it up!"

Campaign Trail Flashback June 23

On June 23, Trump returned to the campaign trail in Arizona in a packed church despite a record outbreak of the the virus.

For details, please see Trump's Campaign Visit to Arizona Church is Irresponsible at Best

Trump Wants Packed Convention Halls

Now, despite record outbreaks in the US, Trump wants packed convention halls.

Trump even moved the convention to Florida after North Carolina would not change its Covid distancing rules.

Deaths be Damned

Trump does not care about risks. He needs the adulation of a cheering crowd.

On June 29, Jacksonville, announced the Convention Will Now Require Face Masks.

The mask order is almost certain to rankle Mr. Trump, whose demands for a traditional, packed rally forced the move earlier this month to Jacksonville from Charlotte, N.C., in the first place.

Mr. Trump did not immediately respond to the announcement. But as he has pushed states to reopen their economies, he has shown an ability to bend local regulations to his will. Officials in Tulsa, Okla., rescinded a curfew ahead of the president’s rally there earlier this month after Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he had discussed the curfew with the mayor, a Republican.

Jacksonville Doesn't Want the Convention

A UNF poll reveals Opposition to the Convention.

  • Among respondents, 58%, strongly or somewhat oppose Jacksonville hosting the RNC, with 42% supporting it.
  • When asked how concerned they were about COVID-19 transmission if a large number gathered for the RNC in Jacksonville, 71% were very or somewhat concerned.
  • 61% were very or somewhat concerned about protests and social unrest during the RNC in Jacksonville.
  • 56% of respondents disagree that the RNC will bring positive media attention to Jacksonville.
  • 79%, indicated they are somewhat or very concerned about the pandemic in general, while 67% said they are very or somewhat concerned about contracting the virus themselves.
  • “National nominating conventions are polarizing events, and unsurprisingly the levels of support for Jacksonville hosting the RNC varies dramatically by partisanship,” Dr. Michael Binder stated, director of the Public Opinion Research Lab. “Under the backdrop of a global pandemic that appears to have come more fervently to Florida, the opposition to this event being hosted locally seems much more concerning. Voters were also asked about their general level of concern regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

Convention May Not Happen

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, who was appointed to the post by President Donald Trump, isn’t ready to sign off on a clean bill of health for August’s Republican National Convention.

Two days ago Forbes reported Trump Official Says It's 'Too Early To Tell' Whether GOP Convention In Florida Can Happen Safely

Key Facts

  • Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Hahn said it’s “too early to tell” if Jacksonville will be safe to hold the convention on the planned Aug. 24-27 dates.
  • Jacksonville is now one of the hotspots for coronavirus transmission in the U.S., leading the city to issue a mask mandate starting last week for public and indoor locations.
  • The president was unhappy with what he felt were overly strict social distancing guidelines in North Carolina, leading to a public feud with the state’s Democratic governor before the GOP pulled much of the convention from Charlotte; the city will still host some of the business aspects of the convention because of contractual obligations.
  • Trump’s recent public events, including a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Independence Day celebrations at Mount Rushmore and the White House, have been mask-optional, as many of his supporters have argued that mask-wearing should be a matter of individual choice—not government mandate.

Trump Trailing in Florida

Trump has trailed in all but one recent Florida polls, a string of about 30 polls The most recent Fox News Poll shows Biden with a 9 point lead. That was from June 23 so it's getting a bit stale.

With such a cavalier unconcern for Covid in a state filled with senior citizens, it's no wonder Trump is trailing.


Comments (19)
No. 1-14

Covid is a good excuse for some of those senators. One or more probably wouldn't go anyway based on the nominee. It will be interesting to see if any states abstain from nominating Trump.


Trump is an instrument of herd immunity!!!

He would be very much welcome in Sweden.


It would be heartwarming to see people turn their backs on the conventions and this whole election cycle. Unfortunately a lot of what we're seeing is either Covid related or a specific dislike of Trump.

People are going to have to experience a lot more pain before they finally admit that something is seriously wrong with our system.


Arizona COVID doc: Rapid reopening without mask mandate is catastrophic
'COVID does not care who you are. I am scared and you should be, too.'


"Trump has trailed in all but one recent Florida polls, a string of about 30 polls The most recent Fox News Poll shows Biden with a 9 point lead. That was from June 23 so it's getting a bit stale."

I would expect the race to narrow after the conventions. The winner will likely come down to a handful of swing states based on debate performance. I think debating Trump can only be bad for Biden. He should just keep campaigning and do town halls. Under no circumstances should he ever debate Trump.


Historian Mike Davis wrote a book fifteen years ago warning of the coming global pandemic. The “monster at our door” has finally stepped through that door in COVID-19, and unfortunately, Davis was proven correct. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/07/mike-davis-coronavirus-the-monster-enters


One thing we're learning from this moderately bad epidemic is how people will behave when there is a much worse epidemic. It' isn't encouraging.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

It’s time for all of the dinosaurs in congress to be jettisoned out of this world, anyway. In fact the whole DC area, Beltway and surrounding counties. The rest of the country would be better for it.

Not sure what to make if this observation -

Went for a late afternoon 5 mile run today. 90 degrees, sunny and humid. Number of people I saw outside with a mask: 0. Number of people I saw outside without a mask: 0. Hmm???

Full disclosure: I wear a silver DNR bracelet when I run. Give me liberty or give me death!


Those old gomers saw what happened to Herman Cain.


If they want kids to go back to school and teachers to teach in person for 180 days this year, these wimpy Senators certainly should go to the convention for a couple of days.

Otherwise they should be speaking out against the re-opening of schools in high virus areas.

Kids have parents and grand-parents. Teachers did not sign a "to the death" contracts.

Or have these Senators run to the limit of Trump-following stupidity in a form that might actually kill them?

Trump needs an in-person convention to stroke his ego. More than any other politician he needs thousands hootin' and hollerin'--shouting his name in adulation.

He's a junkie.


It's because these guys will be nominating Kanye instead.


Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage “My worry is that we have millions of people with COVID-19 now. And if in a year’s time we have 10 million recovered people, and those people have cognitive deficits … then that’s going to affect their ability to work and their ability to go about activities of daily living,” Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at Western University in Canada, told Reuters in an interview.


How stupid are Republican Senators to let Trump destroy them? He will break off the most extreme piece of the party and take it with him to his new media empire and start his own political party focused on Southern states where his candidates can easily win. His plan was always to monetize. He is NOT going away after he loses. He will take on Fox News and they will lose millions of viewers to him. His most avid followers can’t get enough of him and they number in the tens of millions. I expect the Republicans to be stupid, but Fox News built up the man who will take them down. Funny


This is a TDS headline. All of these fives, besides Grassley, are Trump haters. Grassley is elderly and should stay home.
Need to change the blog name to MIshNBC Talk.

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