Last month, Republicans moved (part) of their 2020 National Convention from Charlotte, NC to Jacksonville, FL, in order to make it easier for non-mask wearing fans of Donald Trump to cheer their Dear Leader when he accepts the GOP nomination for President.
The 2020 Republican National Convention has already been called a “dumpster fire,” but a dumpster fire might actually be the best-smelling thing in Jacksonville in late August.
As The New York Times reports:
With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, Republicans are planning to move the three nights of their national convention from an indoor arena to an outdoor venue in Jacksonville, but it’s still unclear how many people will be allowed to attend the events, people familiar with the discussions said Tuesday.
Officials met Monday night to discuss shifting the events of Aug. 25, 26, and 27 out of the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, where the indoor program was scheduled to take place, including President Trump’s acceptance speech on the final night. The two outdoor options they’ve been examining are near the arena, the people familiar with the discussions said.
Mr. Trump often shifts positions, and officials emphasized that the plans could change.
Officials remain uncertain about whether a capacity crowd would be allowed to attend outdoor events, or if there would be restrictions to prevent people from being too close to one another.
The plan to move the activities outdoors was made after a meeting that Mr. Trump held with political advisers on Monday evening. It’s a change from what Mr. Trump had envisioned when he forced the Republican National Committee to abandon plans in Charlotte, N.C., because officials there refused to guarantee the type of pre-coronavirus event the president wanted, absent restrictions on social distancing.
That’s right — Republicans are going to hold events on three days in Jacksonville, Florida OUTSIDE. In August. When the average low temperature bottoms out at 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
If nothing else, perhaps the inevitable stench of sweaty Trump supporters crammed together in the same space will encourage more people to wear a mask.