NC will lose big time if their governor fails to agree to the RNC terms. President Trump threatened Monday to move the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if its Democratic governor doesn’t immediately guarantee party members can fill a Charlotte arena in August, though the state’s coronavirus outbreak is far from contained. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday loosened restrictions on hair salons, barbershops and restaurants, but larger venues such as gyms, bars, concert halls and arenas remain closed. The governor, who is up for reelection in November, has continued to limit public gatherings to no more than 10 people.
The Spectrum Center arena in Charlotte, which hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012, can hold roughly 20,000 people at capacity, and the Republican convention was expected to draw about 50,000 people to Charlotte. “Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed...full attendance in the Arena,” Trump tweeted Monday. Republicans “must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied,” he added. “If not, we will be reluctantly forced...to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site.”