- Reportedly, this month’s Republican National Convention will be closed to the press and will present only a fraction of the delegates due to coronavirus restrictions.
- A spokesman for the RNC told CNN: “We are working within the parameters indicated to us by state and local guidelines on the number of people who can participate in the events”.
- Coronavirus fears have plagued GOP’s efforts to hold the convention, in which President Donald Trump will be formally appointed. The convention normally boasts thousands of attendees.
- Instead, according to reports, the RNC will broadcast the vote live.
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The press will not be able to attend the Republican National Convention in person later this month, and only part of the delegates will be there to vote to officially nominate President Donald Trump due to social removal measures, according to reports Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The convention will take place from August 21
Coronavirus fears have plagued GOP’s efforts to hold the convention, which normally boasts thousands of attendees. Trump has already canceled plans to deliver a convention talk in Jacksonville, Florida after the city has become a COVID-19 hotspot.
“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state of North Carolina, we are planning that Charlotte’s activities will remain closed” for the duration of the weekend, “said an RNC convention spokesman at CNN in a statement.” We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters established before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can participate in the events “
The network called the move “unprecedented in modern American political history.” According to the Associated Press, it will be the first time in modern history that journalists are prevented from attending a convention for the appointment of a party.
Not only will the events be closed to the press, but CNN has reported that only one sixth of the delegates will participate in the vote – only 336 out of a total of 2,550.
The network also reported that the nomination vote will be streamed live.
The president of the White House Correspondents Association, Zeke Miller, condemned the decision to exclude the press from the event in a Tweet Saturday evening.
“This is a reckless decision that the @GOP @GOP reconsideration should reconsider. The appointment of a presidential candidate for a prominent party is largely a matter for the American people,” said Miller.