Florida. Outside. In August.

Hot enough for ya?

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.

Via “Vanity Fair” (7/14/20)

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    It's not a dumpster fire.

    It's an oversized Petri dish running over with microbes.

  2. Early Worm says:

    I have watched my fair share of party conventions over the last 40 years, though I have never attended one. My perception is that they are a party/reward/opportunity to rub elbows for the party higher-ups. (And a boon to the strip joints.) But for electoral purposes, the primary benefit, if any, is the spectacle, broadcast nightly, on national television. It seems like the reality star president, or at least the people that prop him up, could produce a spectacle worthy of nightly broadcast without endangering the health of the 10s of thousands of people. But of course that would not feed Trump’s ego like a live crowd. 

    • Mr. L. Prosser says:

      I don't think there will be a convention in J-ville. Business gets done in Charlotte, trump will make a speech there and that's it.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      I had a press pass for my local weekly so I went to every night of the 2008 convention in Denver.  It was wonderful listening to the nights slate of speakers.  It was an opportunity of a lifetime.  I went to both Pepsi Center and Mile High.  Ted Kennedy gave a great speech and Obama's acceptance speech was masterful.  Loved going but would think twice if I risked getting sick and dying by attending.

  3. kwtree says:

    It’s also the  height of  hurricane season. Trifecked-up, anyone? 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Jacksonville isn't a prime location for a hurricane hit … but there is the "usual" weather:  Average Weather in August in Jacksonville Florida, United States

      In Jacksonville, Florida, during August, the rain falls for 15 days and regularly aggregates up to 6.8" (172.7mm) of precipitation.

      And the temperature:

      Daily high temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 90°F to 88°F, rarely falling below 83°F or exceeding 95°F.

      Daily low temperatures are around 74°F, rarely falling below 70°F or exceeding 78°F.

      How about humidity (I love this optimistic take)

      The chance that a given day will be muggy in Jacksonville is gradually decreasing during August, falling from 99% to 96% over the course of the month.


  4. kwtree says:

    Kanye’s out. Even though he got 2% in Presidential poll, ballot signature deadlines were passed or impossible to meet. 

    Fun while it lasted.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Having watched the movie, I wasn't certain what form of government of Wakonda Kanye was going to pursue … so I was on the fence about the campaign. 

      Sympathies for anyone who got excited about having a job on this effort.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Well that sucks . . .

    . . . no way that Jello’s not going to melt!

    Team Ttump better come up with a Plan B, fast!

  6. Genghis says:

    Fyre Festival II — This Tyme Wyth COVYD-19

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