Journalists will not be allowed on the site as RNC delegates vote to formally nominate President Donald Trump as the 2020 Republican presidential candidate, but the vote will be broadcast live, the Republican official said.
The restriction is unprecedented in modern U.S. political history, but Republican officials said they were forced to limit attendance because of restrictions on social distancing imposed by the North Carolina governor.
“Given the health restrictions and limitations that exist in the state of North Carolina, we anticipate that Charlotte’s activities will close to the press on Friday, August 21 – Monday, August 24,” the spokesman for the RNC convention in a statement Saturday.
“We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set out earlier by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events,” the spokesman said.
The formal processes of the 2020 Republican National Convention (including the vote to formally nominate Trump as a candidate for the 2020 POP) are still expected to take place in Charlotte, but the number of attendees has dropped dramatically.
An RNC official says the president is unlikely to accept Charlotte’s candidacy in a large public speech. If Trump goes to Charlotte, the hope is that he will only be able to thank the delegates at a closed, private press conference.
Monday’s proceedings of the convention – including the vote to formally nominate Trump – will be broadcast live, according to a Republican official familiar with the plans.
Due to space constraints, not all delegates will attend. Instead, 336 delegates will vote in the convention procedure, one for every six delegates.