The mainstream media was ready to begin the attack on Donald Trump over the Republican National Convention scheduled to be held in Jacksonville, Florida in August.
Before the attacks could begin, Trump abruptly announced that plans for the full convention have been scrapped as of Thursday, in order to prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks.
A full convention was set to be held in just weeks, but as virus cases rise nationwide, some states have been forced to roll back reopening plans.
Though Trump has advocated for holding a full convention for months, the trend of rising cases shows no signs of slowing in time for the RNC, especially in Florida.
The Miami Herald reported that cases in the state of topped 400,00 after 12,444 additional cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday. 135 new deaths brought the state’s total death toll to 5,653.
“To have a big convention, it’s just not right,” Trump said on Thursday. Florida is one of the largest rising hotspots for COVID-19 cases in the nation, and Trump remarked that “I just felt that it was wrong to have people to got to a hot spot.”
“We won’t do a big, crowded convention per se,” Trump said. “It’s just not the right time for that. I care deeply about the people in Florida, and everywhere else, frankly, in this country, and people in the world.”
Convention plans have not been entirely canceled, however.
According to Breitbart, “the planned first night of the convention in Charlotte, NC with delegates would still take place, Trump confirmed, but that the larger more crowded celebration in Jacksonville would be canceled.”
An abundance of caution
The US experienced a lull in COVID-19 cases during the month of June, but as states reopened and large protests ignited around the nation, cases began to rise in July.
Trump and the GOP spoke optimistically of holding campaign rallies the convention in May and June, but the pressure of rising cases and media hysteria is growing daily.
“We have to be vigilant, we have to be careful, and we have to set an example,” Trump continued on Thursday.