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Trump Cancels Republican National Convention

The Jacksonville portion of this summer’s Republican National Convention is off. President Trump said the timing of the event was “just not right,” but added that other convention activities will still be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a big turnaround for Trump, who has been touting his planned speech in Jacksonville since moving the convention’s main events from Charlotte after the city raised concerns about coronavirus precautions. It’s no secret that Florida has been a coronavirus hotspot for a while now, and several Republican lawmakers had said they were not going to travel to convention activities in the state. A person familiar with the situation said that may have made the President wary of getting stuck in another sparsely-attended event, like last month’s disappointing rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bill Fuller

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