Weird. The RNC is having trouble finding a host city for the 2020 convention, The Hill reports. Even though hosting a national party’s convention can bring a substantial boost to the local economy, it seems nobody’s champing at the bit to be ground zero for Trump’s week-long nomination extravaganza.
In Peak Outrage Era America, where chicken sandwiches and misuse of pronouns can trigger mass riots, a Trump-re-coronation hootenanny might reasonably be expected to attract an uncivil protester or two. While we lucked out in 2016–which never quite hit ‘68 Chicago levels of violence–it goes without saying that partisan tensions haven’t exactly eased in the past two years.
The GOP is insisting the difficulty in finding a venue is not due to the divisive political climate, but rather an issue of security concerns and expenses. Because security concerns apparently have nothing to do with the divisive political climate, I guess …
The RNC’s site selection committee head, Ron Kaufman, claims the GOP traditionally only looks at three to four bids per cycle–the 2016 consideration of six cities was unusually high. But … in reality the 2020 list is comparable to 2016, just with most of the names crossed out like Beatrix Kiddo got hold of it.
The Hill reports that as many as seven cities were originally in the mix. Then San Antonio dropped out. Then Nashville. And Philly, and Vegas … Basically, the GOP’s only got three landing spots at this point, and only one of those is openly expressing any interest: Charlotte, NC.
Maybe just Facebook Live it if you’re that anxious about a new civil war, guys.