Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper responded with a statement that state health officials were working with the Republican National Committee to "review its plans as they make decisions" about how to hold the convention in Charlotte.
This afternoon, Mayor Vi Lyles, who was an ardent supporter of bringing the convention to Charlotte to begin with, tweeted her thoughts about Donald Trump's threats, stating, "With the health and safety of our residents and visitors being the top priority, the city of Charlotte will continue to follow guidance from Governor Cooper and public health professionals in determining the best and safest way to host the Republican National Convention". "This is not something I want to do", Mr. Trump wrote on Monday, which was the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S.
Cooper said Tuesday that he wants the RNC to present a menu of written options for how the convention would safely go forward amid a pandemic, saying the state has been holding similar conversations with its sports teams.
North Carolina is now in Phase 2 of the governor's coronavirus reopening plan, which limits indoor gatherings to 10 people. Every state we talk to says we want to nominate the president here, but this governor is up for reelection and hasn't given us the reassurances we need.
The Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place in Charlotte Aug. 24-27, but due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Cooper has not guaranteed that the arena will be allowed to operate at full capacity. "And we have to know before we spend millions and millions of dollars on an arena to make it magnificent for the convention".
"We want to have it in North Carolina, the president wants to have it in North Carolina", she told Fox News on Tuesday morning.
"With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention. If we don't, then as I said before, I would have significant reservations about that".
The last such change in plans came in 1972, when Republicans switched from San Diego to Miami Beach to avoid a controversy.
"I will say that it's okay for political conventions to be political, but pandemic response can not be". "In fact, several long-standing City-supported and sponsored events have already been canceled in order to comply with CDC guidelines".
Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Ron DeSantis of Florida said Tuesday they would welcome the opportunity to have the Republican National Convention, tentatively scheduled for August 24-27 in Charlotte, relocate to their states. "This governor is up for reelection, he hasn't given us the assurances we need". It's just the governor, and he's got to work with us.
On the Democratic side, the party pushed its convention back from July to August because of the global health crisis. "We are talking about something that's going to happen three months from now and we don't know what our situation is going to be regarding covid 19 in North Carolina." he said.