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The Democrats have reached a new low with their most recent antics as they put on a show for the press while unveiling a police reform bill they call the “Justice in Policing Act.”

The shallow group of performers was comprised of both House and Senate Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen Kamala Harris, and Sen. Cory Booker. The group took a knee on Monday for eight minutes and 46 seconds as a show of “solidarity.”

Democrats could be seen kneeling in unison, with most wearing Kente cloth — a special fabric with deep and meaningful origins rooted in West Africa — in a bizarre attempt to show further solidarity with the black community. Their attempt, however, was rather transparent.

“There is more Kente fabric in this picture than at a Ghanaian traditional wedding,” pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha said.

Ekeocha blasted Democrats for their very obvious use of the fabric as a prop, “Excuse me dear Democrats in your tokenism you didn’t wait to find out that this thing that you’re hanging around your neck is not just some African uniform,” she continued in a video response. “These fabrics … they all mean something to us”

Errol Webber, a black Republican congressional candidate also called out the move for exactly what it was.

“The Democrats have no interest in black America. These fools think that because they put some Kente cloth on they’re going to get the black vote?” Webber said. “I’m waiting on Biden to put a durag on and start saying the “N” word.”

Joe Biden, for his part put on a show elsewhere as he posed for the camera after meeting the family of George Floyd in Houston prior to the funeral, but Biden has no plans to attend the actual service.

Biden also attacked President Trump, suggesting that he had the necessary solutions to implement sufficient justice reforms – despite the fact that Biden has been on the wrong side of justice reform before, when he sponsored Bill Clinton’s federal crime bill that has resulted in the mass incarceration of African-American men.

House and Senate Democrats worked over the weekend law enforcement reforms aimed, they say, at curbing police violence. The bill, unveiled Monday morning, would ban chokeholds and so-called “no-knock” warrants on a federal level.

The bill takes its cue from bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts on the table for nearly a decade and also requires “local police departments to send data on the use of force to the federal government,” creates a grant program to fund state-level use of force and police misconduct investigations, and makes it easier for “people to recover damages when police departments violate their civil rights,” per the outlet.

Nancy Pelosi, always the ready performer, spoke to the media saying, “[t]he martyrdom of George Floyd gave the American experience a moment of national anguish as we grieve for the black Americans killed by police brutality today.”

“This moment of national anguish is being transformed into a movement of national action as Americans from across the country peacefully protest to demand an end to injustice,” Pelosi said. “Today, with the justice and policing at the Congress is standing with those fighting for justice and taking action.”

This show put on by the Democrats is the first time that House and Senate legislators have met in months as coronavirus-related lockdowns gave them quite the paid vacation.

Police in Seattle have received reports that the area of seattle that was captured by rioters, is now being protected by armed guards, with businesses inside of the zone facing potential extortion.

“We’ve heard, anecdotally, reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area. This is the crime of extortion. If anyone has been subjected to this, we need them to call 911,” Assistant Chief of Police Deanna Nollette said on Wednesday.

The 6 block region known as the “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) appears to have succumbed entirely to the mob rule of the left.

Officers evacuated the area in an effort to quell the violence according to Nollette who said, “We wanted to be able to facilitate and support peaceful demonstrations.”

Unofortunately, it looks like the radical left wing protestors have no real desire for peace.

Police say the armed guards surrounding the perimeter of the region have been forcing residents who live within the boundaries “to show ID to prove you “belong” there, “resembling a scene eerily reminiscent to that of Nazi behavior early on in the holocaust.

Meanwhile, people living and working in the area — which includes numerous bars, restaurants, businesses and private residences — have been “begging for help because they are not being allowed into their homes without ID.”

The leaders of CHAZ are also reportedly “starting to extort money from the local businesses within the border for ‘protection.'”

Mckenzie Diamond, a resident who lives within the borders said the experience has been “a bit stressful.”

“It’s like checking in with somebody to get into your own home,” Diamond said to a local news outlet. “Just making it so people can get into their buildings. Keep the zone however they want, and move the fencing so people can go home.”

“No one at these checkpoints has the legal authority to demand identification from anyone. We ask if anyone is subjected to these demands to call 911 and report the incident,” Nollette said.

“While Washington is an open-carry state, there is no legal right for those arms to be used to intimidate community members, “she added.

Nollette also said that police are aware of threats to burn down the East Precinct, which she said “would endanger residents, firefighters and businesses.”

The police department is looking to start negotiations with the leaders of the protest movement to gain access to the police precinct but are unsure of who is leading the demonstrations.

“It’s just a matter of establishing this dialogue. We’d love nothing more than to be able to open our precinct buildings,” Nollette said. “What we want to do is give an opportunity for everyone’s tempers to calm, and for us to approach the table with a view towards equality.”

While rioters within the boundaries posted photos to social media attempting to portray the scene was entirely peaceful, it’s hard for them to hide the facts.

One resident in the area told police that there were “tents lining my streets, barricades littered throughout the intersection by protestors, and civilians walking around with AR15s,” according to Fox News, “And the noise has not stopped.”

President Trump vowed during an exclusive interview with Fox News that he “won’t let Seattle be occupied by anarchists,” and will “straighten it out” if local leaders do not.

Trump said his administration is “not going to let Seattle be occupied by anarchists.”

“If there were more toughness, you wouldn’t have the kind of devastation that you had in Minneapolis — and in Seattle, I mean, let’s see what’s going on in Seattle,” Trump said. “I will tell you, if they don’t straighten that situation out, we’re going to straighten it out.”

Democrat Run Seattle has essentially fallen to protestors after they have stormed the City Hall building Tuesday Night, demanding the mayor’s resignation.

Hundreds of protesters have seized Seattle’s City Hall with the aid of a City Council sympathizer just days after capturing a six-block downtown zone that includes a now abandoned police precinct.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the area in the Capitol Hill section of the city has been renamed by its capturers “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) and it is “free of uniformed police.”

The paper reported that the police precinct had a new sign that read, “THIS SPACE IS NOW PROPERTY OF THE SEATTLE PEOPLE.”

The protesters continued to camp out in the CHAZ zone while chanting “defund SPD” and demanding that the mayor agree to defund the police department or resign and be replaced by someone who will.

President Trump tweeted late Wednesday that “domestic terrorists” have taken over in Seattle and called out the city’s “radical left Democrats” for contributing to the unrest.

“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before,” Trump tweeted. “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped (sic) IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”

This led to a response by the Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan who tried to criticize the president for abiding by Secret Service safety protocols last Friday as violent rioters surrounded the White House.

The Mayor said, “Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker. #BlackLivesMatter.” Durkan meanwhile, was nowhere to be found.

House Judiciary Committee member Republican Matt Gaetz said during an interview with “Hannity” on Wednesday that “Antifa has now designated Seattle their capital” after the protesters declared a six-block neighborhood around the precinct a “Cop Free Zone.”

Liberal run cities across the country like Seattle have experience the most violent pockets of crime on the heels of the George Floyd protests.

On Sunday night, a protester in Capitol Hill was shot and wounded and in another incident, a man drove his car through a throng of protesters and opened fire when a demonstrator approached the car window, police said.

After nearly two weeks launching attacks on Seattle police – in which protestors threw glass bottles, rocks, and other items at police – protestors were finally broken up using pepper spray and tear gas. The police department made efforts to roll back aggressive policing tactics in an effort to quell the violence.

Police have since cleared out of the area and said they will be responding to the area only if there is a 911 call for an emergency.

On Friday, Mayor Durkan banned the use of tear gas by police, but protesters say it’s far from enough as the foolish call for the defunding of police gains traction among liberals.

In response to the city hall insurrection, Durkan’s office said in a statement that she remains committed to making “actungal steps on polici” and other measures of reform.

“As the person who originally investigated the Seattle Police Department for the unconstitutional use of force, Mayor Durkan believes that SPD can lead the nation on continued reforms and accountability, but knows this week has eroded trust at a time when trust is most crucial,” the statement read.

Attorney General Bill Barr said during an interview aired on Tuesday that the early findings of an ongoing probe into federal surveillance abuses have been very troubling thus far and that it has shed light on some very recognizable names.

Barr said that the DOJ was “looking at” names that the American public might recognize and be disturbed by.

Barr asserted that despite the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Attorney John Durham “has been working very aggressively to move forward,” and that there “will be public disclosure” of his findings.

“I think before the election, I think we’re concerned about the motive force behind the very aggressive investigation that was launched into the Trump campaign without, you know, with a very thin, slender reed as a basis for it,” Barr told Fox News Host Bret Baier. “It seemed that the bureau was sort of spring-loaded at the end of July to drive in there and investigate a campaign.”

The attorney general emphasized that he wasn’t concerned about criticisms of the Durham probe in an election year.

“For the first time in American history, police organizations and the national security organizations were used to spy on a campaign, and there was no basis for it,” Barr said.

“The media largely drove that — and all kinds of sensational claims were being made about the president that could have affected the election. And then and then later on, in his administration, there were actions taken that really appear to be efforts to sabotage his campaign. And that has to be looked at. And if people want to say that I’m political because I am looking at those potential abuses of power, so be it. But that’s the job of the attorney general.”

Internal FBI documents unsealed in April indicate that Peter Strzok – the now-disgraced anti-Trump former head of FBI counterintelligence – ordered the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called “derogatory” information.

The materials surfaced just a day after explosive FBI communications revealed that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 — and openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

“The other area of concern is that after the election, even though they were closing down some of that, as we’ve seen in the Flynn case, and say there’s nothing here, for some reason, they went right back at it, even at a time where the evidentiary support or claim support like the dossier was falling apart,” Barr said. “And it’s very hard to understand why they continued to push and even make public testimony that they had an investigation going when it was becoming painfully obvious or should have been obvious to anyone that there was nothing there.”

Barr said he couldn’t comment on whether criminal charges were coming but that people shouldn’t become impatient. “We can’t discuss future charges. But I have to say that I do find a little irritating,” Barr said.

“You know, the propensity in the American public on all sides of the political spectrum when they see something they think could be a criminal violation, I say, why hasn’t this person been indicted again? And, you know, there’s the old saying that that the wheels of justice grind slow and they do run slow because we have due process and we follow the process. But people should not draw from the fact that no action has been taken that taken yet, that that means that people or people are going to get away with wrongdoing.”

New York City’s finest have had enough as the city ramps up its war on police. According to the head of the detective’s union, NYPD personnel are feeling abandoned by both the people they serve and the public officials that govern them.

“They feel abandoned by everyone,” Paul DiGiacomo, the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association in New York, said. “There is no one supporting the police, from the governor to the mayor to the DAs to the city council.”

Police across the country have been targeted after a Minneapolis officer was responsible for the death of George Floyd during a criminal arrest. Protests have erupted in multiple cities over the past few weeks to call for criminal justice reform and greater accountability of police misconduct.

Protests quickly turned violent against the police force. In New York, two officers were shot, and another was stabbed during recent protests in the city. Four officers were shot in St. Louis last week during a night of civil unrest in which a retired police captain was also killed.

Videos also have captured law enforcement officers in violent confrontations with demonstrators. “Listen, when there is unrest and criminality out there, it never looks pretty,” said DiGiacomo, whose union has represented 19,000 active and retired detectives. “Resisting arrest never looks pretty. They never show you the whole video.”

“I challenge any elected officials who think they could do a better job with urine being thrown at them, bottles, and being shot at,” he added.

DiGiacomo also blamed local prosecutors for not pursuing suspects who assaulted detectives. The union was suing a Bronx man whom it accused of assaulting a detective during an arrest for the alleged looting of a CVS store in Manhattan.

“If you put your hands on a NYC detective, we will pursue the highest criminal charges possible, but the DAs don’t seem to want to, so we are going to pursue civil action,” he said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has essentially kicked law enforcement to the curb amidst calls by criminal justice advocates for defunding or disbanding police departments across the country. On Sunday he announced he was delivering a massive blow to the NYPD in the form of defunding. De Blasio also announced a series of proposed police reforms.

On Monday, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said taking resources away from his department wasn’t a practical solution.

“I think cooler heads need to sit around a table and find a way out of this,” he said. “The usual thing I get hit at when I go to a community meeting is, ‘we want more cops.’ I think that is the general sentiment, but we are in a moment in time right now where we need all to come together.”

Defunding the country’s largest police department would make no sense, DiGiacomo said.

“The only people that will suffer will be the people of the city,” he added. “The NYPD is stopping crime and doing our job protecting people. Shootings are up. Homicides are up.”

Since the protests started two weeks ago, 720 complaints have been made against the NYPD, according to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the civilian body overseeing the police agency.

As of Sunday, nearly 300 New York officers had been injured in the ongoing riots.

New York City’s Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday he was giving in to protestors demands to “defund the police” and will be stripping them of funds in the effort to fatten up social services.

The mayor announced during his daily briefing a number of reforms as proposed by a “task force on racial inclusion,” one of which was to shift funding from the police force to youth initiatives.

“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But, I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” de Blasio said.

While De Blasio did not reveal the exact amount of funding that he would take from the NYPD budget, the New York Times pointed out that the NYPD proposed budget for 2021 was $6 billion – only 6 percent of NYC’s total budget for the year.

Today, there are about 36,000 NYPD officers who help keep law and order for about 8.4 million New Yorkers in the largest city in the United States.

De Blasio said that the details of the budget shift will be worked out prior to the July 1st deadline.

“We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” de Blasio said.

De Blasio has suffered criticism throughout the protests, with many opponents claiming he’s sided with police too often – despite the evidence speaking to the contrary.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor De Blasio have both been known to side with suspects in criminal cases rather than supporting the NYPD.

The state’s radical bail reform law has ensured that rioters in the last week are immediately freed from jail after their arrests, and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has said he will not prosecute “low-level” rioters.

When De Blasio attempted to give a speech at a Brooklyn memorial service for George Floyd last week, protesters shouted over him with chants of “Black lives matter!” and “George Floyd.” Many people in the crowd turned their backs on him and started to boo the mayor.

While this disturbing trend of targeting police forces as a whole has intensified throughout the country, the NYPD has arguably seen the worst of it.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik says more than 300 NYPD officers have been injured in the riots nearly 600 are considering leaving their posts.

Kerik, during an interview with Fox News said hundreds of NYPD officers have been injured during riots in which rioters, arsonists, and looters ravaged neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn. “Well, you’ve had over 300 — I think about 320 — that have been injured, I think some in the hospital,” Kerik said. “But there were over 300 injuries.”

Kerik added that De Blasio’s budget cuts may lead to hundreds of officers losing their jobs. “And the thing that scares me … I’m hearing close to 600 cops have either put in their papers or they’re talking to the [NYPD] about resigning or retiring.”

Donald Trump has a history of endorsing conservative candidates. Oftentimes, these candidates go on to win, even in unlikely races. It’s no secret that Republicans eagerly seek his endorsement or an appearance at their rallies. But President Trump took to Twitter to vow he would endorse anyone, as long as it’s not this Alaskan senator.

At this point, it’s shocking to think that there are any major Republicans opposed to Donald Trump. Sure, there will always be politicians who disagree within the own party, but this is the President of the United States. Trump’s bombastic style aside, he has kept his word again and again—fulfilling conservative goals once thought impossible.

Anyone who calls themselves Republican should be applauding the man. Yet there are several Republican senators that seem totally opposed to his agenda. These apparent “Never Trumpers” claim to be conservative, but their voting record tells another story.

During crucial times in country’s recent history, these senators were needed to stand up for the president. Yet they crumbled, revealing their true colors. Is it because they are from “moderate” states and fear losing their jobs?

That can’t be. Because even Susan Collins of Maine did the right thing when she stood up for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and voted down the impeachment charges.

But there are some “Republicans” who couldn’t even do that. We know Mitt Romney was the only one who voted for impeachment. And this other Republican, from a fairly conservative state, consistently opposes the president.
Trump has had enough and made an ominous promise.

Few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else…

…Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you! [Source: Twitter]

Woah, this is pretty brutal, even for Trump. He calls out Sen. Murkowski over her voting record. She voted against repealing and replacing Obamacare, voted against Brett Kavanaugh, and other issues Trump championed. The president said “good or bad” he’d back another candidate over her.

If that seems harsh and flippant to you, keep one thing in mind. Trump deals with these people on a daily basis. Do you think he’d make this public announcement, without first trying to win over Murkowski and her staff?

Trump has tried to negotiate with Democrats over major bills—only for them storm out of the room. He is willing to make a deal with anyone, if the outcome is for the good of the country. Hell, he was able to meet with North Korea. For him to openly come out against Murkowski like this means that he’s tried, again and again, to work with her over privately.

But the RINO has seemingly refused. So, he’s taking his decision to the people.

You might be wondering just why a senator from Alaska would betray both the president and the Republican Party. It’s simple, when you think about it.

We all know many politicians say one thing to voters, but do something different in Washington. There are some Republicans who do the “conservative dance” during election season. But back in D.C., they bow to the same globalist special interest groups that Democrats serve. They don’t care about putting Americans first, only lining their pockets.

People like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and the late John McCain. Is Lisa Murkowski among these hacks? Her voting record doesn’t help her.

And Trump’s public non-endorsement is a sign that he’s done trying to win her over. This D.C. swamp dweller has refused to cooperate for the good of the country, so Trump is cutting her loose.

Let’s hope there’s one less con artist in D.C. soon.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a mind boggling decision by city officials in which they are planning to cut the police department’s budget by $100-$150 million in an effort to “redirect” the funding to an area they consider to be more important.

In what can be best described as a state-sponsored attack on the police force, the mayor claimed the cuts to the police department will be replicated across other departments as the city shifts its budget around to gift an additional roughly $250 million to “communities of color and women and people who have been left behind.”

The cuts will hit “every department, including the Police Department because we all have to be part of this solution together. We all have to step up and say, ‘What can we sacrifice?’” the mayor said.

Shortly after Garcetti’s announcement, three Los Angeles City Council members introduced legislation to cut funding from the LAPD’s 2020-21 budget.

LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said in a statement released on Twitter that the move was about resetting the city’s priorities following the death of George Floyd.

“Today we [introduced] a motion to cut funding to the LAPD, as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & the #BlackLivesMatter call that we all support to end racism. This is just one small step. We cannot talk about change, we have to be about change,” Martinez tweeted.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Police Department’s annual budget was set to be $1.86 billion. The move comes as calls have mounted on the left to disband the police altogether.

L.A. has faced some of the worst violence in the nation as peaceful George Floyd related protests quickly turned into hostile riots leading to wrecked stores, attacks on police, looting at will.

Garcetti who initially said that National Guard units would not be necessary, called Governor Gavin Newsome to send in the National Guard on May 31 paired with a city0wide curfew in an attempt to put and end to the violence and restore order in the midst of mayhem.

The notable uptick in policing went far in reducing the violence as officers aided by the national guard were able to arrest hundreds who were found in violation of the city’s curfew orders.

On Monday, Los Angeles police chief Michel Moore held a virtual press conference with Garcetti. in which Moore called out the looters, saying they were “as much” responsible for Floyd’s death as the Minneapolis police officers who arrested him.

The statement proved to be rather controversial and sparked an intense backlash. Garcetti later apologized for Moore’s statement on Twitter, “The responsibility for George Floyd’s death rests solely with the police officers involved. Chief Moore regrets the words he chose this evening and has clarified them,” Garcetti said.

Chauvin and three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after a video of the incident surfaced on social media. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who is leading the prosecution against Floyd, announced charges of aiding and abetting in a murder against the other officers involved on Wednesday.

Following the tragic killing of her sister at the hands of a protestor, 19-year-old Jasmine Kelly took to Facebook Live to denounce the violence that has been seen across the country.

Jasmine begins by saying that her sister, 22-year-old Italia Marie Kelly, is gone and that a protestor responsible – not the cops.

“I hope y’all know what the f*** y’all did,” an emotional Jasmine starts. “My sister is gone and it’s not from a cop. It wasn’t from no f***ing cop! … My sister is gone because one of you, a protester, shot my sister. A protester, not the police!”

“Because you guys, I lost my sister,” she continued. “I lost my sister because of you. You! You are so mad at the police that you are hurting everyone else. You’re so mad at the police, you guys killed my sister.”

“For those who don’t know, it wasn’t the police who shot my sister, it was one of y’all!” she exclaimed.

“And I swear to God we will find out who the f*** did it, and I promise to God it will be the last thing y’all ever remember,” Jasmine said, in tears. “Y’all wild as f***, y’all walk around with guns, and you act and you pretend to be tough and you pretend to be something you’re not, and you got my sister killed

“Not by the police,” she emphasized, “but by your ignorance, by you’re f***ing ignorance I gotta bury my sister. I gotta bury my sister because y’all brought guns. It wasn’t a rubber bullet, it was a f***ing gun.”

“So I hope y’all know, this wasn’t the police, this was the ignorance of every single one of y’all that decided to shoot into a crowd, and that bullet just happened to hit my sister,” she continued.

“It wasn’t the police, it was you!” Jasmine yelled. “And now I gotta bury the only person I had in my life, the person that took care of me, the person who took beatings for me so I didn’t have to, the person who was there for everything, when I had my seizures.”

According to Times Union, Kelly’s aunt Amy Hale said her niece “was struck in the back by a bullet that went through her shoulder and chest, likely killing her instantly.” The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

“She was always smiling, always laughing. That’s why it’s so sad that she was taken in such a violent way,” Hale told the Times Union. “That is not Italia. She was the bright, bubbly big personality in the room.”

This is what is going on across America. Loved ones are being ripped away from family members by people that are so consumed with a rage being fueled by the rhetoric on the left, that they just want to watch the world burn.

Killings like that of Italia Marie Kelly are exactly what left-wing politicians are allowing to happen by refusing to speak out against the violence that has erupted from the once peaceful protests. Instead the Democrats use the protests as a way to virtue signal to their base.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a perfect example of just that as she decided to join protestors in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday – but did so heavily protected, surrounded by security guards.

President Trump announced late Tuesday night that Republicans will change the host state for their national convention as North Carolina remains under shelter-in-place orders and the state’s governor refuses “to guarantee use of the Spectrum Arena” in Charlotte, despite earlier assurances.

While the president did not name a replacement site, GOP officials mentioned earlier in the day that they had begun the process of scouting for alternative locations after NC Democrat Governor Roy Cooper suggested to them that the coronavirus pandemic may force them to settle for a scaled-back event.

“Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Now, Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”

Responding to the president’s tweet, Cooper tried blaming the GOP and said it was “unfortunate” that Republicans “never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe.”

Cooper had written in a letter to the top convention organizer and the national GOP chairwoman that “planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity.” The letter came on the eve of a deadline from the GOP for assurances that Cooper would allow a full-scale event in August.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, one of the recipients of Cooper’s letter, accused him of “dragging his feet” on giving them guidance for proceeding with convention plans.

Mcdaniel then released a statement saying “we have an obligation to our delegates and nominee to begin visiting the multiple cities and states” that have reached out to express interest in hosting.

Earlier in the day, North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley acknowledged some changes would likely be needed, but maintained Republicans want a “full-scale” convention.

“Look, we’re not going to move forward with any activities that do not follow federal, state or local requirements and regulations. So, we need to know what those requirements are going to be,” he said.

Republican governors of Tennessee, Florida and Georgia have said they would be interested in hosting if North Carolina fell through. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said that GOP officials are coming to scout Nashville on Thursday, calling the city “the best place in America to have a convention.”

Trump has reportedly favored Florida, a state with a Republican governor that is further along in relaxing restrictions related to the coronavirus.

Wednesday was the GOP’s deadline for assurances from Cooper. Last week, Trump demanded Cooper that guarantee him a full-scale event or he would be forced to move the event elsewhere.

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