Doctors, Faith Leaders, GOP Senators Agree: Trump’s Ego-Driven RNC is Unsafe
July 7, 2020
Weeks out from Trump’s ego-driven and dangerous convention, a chorus of groups are speaking out against the Republican National Convention as currently planned.
Nearly 80 faith leaders have asked Jacksonville officials to reconsider hosting the RNC in light of a surge in coronavirus cases, protests over systemic racism, and economic uncertainty.
Florida Times-Union: “Jacksonville clergy plead with city leaders to nix upcoming RNC convention”
Florida Times-Union: “The pastors’ letter points out that the virus, as well as protests over the deaths of Black men by police in Jacksonville, Brunswick, Ga., and elsewhere have left many across our country ‘wrangling with life’s most unimaginable phobia.’”
More than 500 doctors and medical personnel signed a letter calling the Republican National Convention “medically disrespectful.”
Action News Jax: “In a letter sent to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville’s City Council on Sunday, local doctors called the decision to host the Republican National Convention ‘medically disrespectful.’”
Florida Doctors: “Allowing this number of people to descend on Jacksonville is unequivocally provocative of disease, predictably harmful, and medically disrespectful to the citizens of this city, much less the rest of the country.”
Jacksonville residents don’t want the RNC to take place in their city, citing concerns about coronavirus and “social unrest.”
Politico: “Jacksonville voters don’t want the Republican National Committee’s convention to come to town, with most expressing concern that the event could spread the coronavirus. A poll by the University of North Florida found that 58 percent of Jacksonville voters surveyed oppose the RNC convention.”
University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab: “When asked how concerned they were about COVID-19 transmission if a large number gathered for the RNC in Jacksonville, 71% were very or somewhat concerned. Similarly, 61% were very or somewhat concerned about protests and social unrest during the RNC in Jacksonville.”
Even GOP senators are registering their concern with the convention, with at least two saying they will not attend and another saying he may not due to coronavirus concerns.
Des Moines Register: “Citing concerns about the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he will not attend this year’s Republican National Convention, marking the first time he has sat out a convention since he was elected to the U.S. Senate 40 years ago.”
Washington Post: “Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced Tuesday that he would not attend next month’s Republican National Convention, becoming the second senior congressional Republican in as many days to say he’ll skip the gathering in Jacksonville, Fla.”
WISN 12 News: “‘I haven’t made the decision yet,’ Sen. Ron Johnson told WISN 12 News Thursday on whether he’ll attend the convention in-person. ‘Listen, I’m taking COVID seriously.’ Johnson said the spike in cases in certain parts of the country including Florida is concerning and will factor into his decision.”
And it’s no wonder why: Trump’s FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn couldn’t confirm that the RNC in Jacksonville would be safe.
Reuters: “A top Trump administration health official said on Sunday it was not clear whether it will be safe to hold the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month, as Florida sees record numbers of coronavirus cases.”
CNN: “Hahn said it is ‘too early to tell’ whether Florida will be a safe place for the Republican National Convention next month amid a surge of Covid-19 cases there.”