As previously suspected, it looks like the Republican Party is homing in on Jacksonville, Florida as the “new” location for Donald Trump’s National Republican Convention. The Washington Post reports that the party’s more boring, proceduralish meetings will still be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, so that the party can dodge lawsuits for breaking their contract, and that the decision will only be final after they figure out whether there are actually enough hotel rooms in the city to accommodate them.
So it looks like Donald Trump will be able to have the Republican convention he was demanding: one with no social distancing during a pandemic, no mask requirements or other annoying safety considerations, with thousands of people from around the country stacking themselves up like cordwood and when some inevitably contract COVID-19 and die, no remorse from Republican officials because the job is done, and none of those people are needed anymore.
Jacksonville was considered the top contender for Typhoid Hitler’s new gig for the simplest of reasons. The city’s Republican mayor really wanted it, and both he and pandemic number-fudging governor Rick DeSantis have been clear that they won’t interfere with Trump’s desire to pack an arena if Trump demands they pack an arena. The number of states willing to abandon pandemic restrictions for Trump was low, and limited to places with both Republican governors and Republican local officials; add to that, now, the near-certainty of large-scale protests against Trump and his enablers and it seems a disaster in waiting.
Fortunately for Trump, “a disaster in waiting” is Florida’s state motto. It’s on the license plates and everything.