Democrats get your virtual party hats ready and prepare to join Biden in his basement. After chastising President Trump for holding a rally last weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they certainly couldn’t turn around and plan their own. Therefore, the Dems have announced they will hold an almost entirely virtual DNC convention on August 17-20th.
The presidential nominating convention will take place in Milwaukee, with live broadcasts and online streaming according to party officials. “The Democratic National Committee said in a statement that official business, including the votes to nominate Biden and his yet-to-be-named running mate, will take place virtually, with delegates being asked not to travel to Milwaukee,” reported the Associated Press.
A stark comparison to Biden, President Trump, and the Republican National Committee is thus far committed to maintaining a traditional convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, North Carolina’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, is at odds with the RNC, and may not “guarantee Republicans the ability to host a large-scale event in Charlotte’s NBA arena,” according to the AP.
Therefore, the Republican National Committee “has confirmed its official business will be conducted in Charlotte. But Trump has said he plans to accept his nomination in Jacksonville, Florida,” because of Governor Cooper’s opposition. The Associated Press notes the unprecedented time we are in with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Political conventions of 2020 are “the latest sign of how much the COVID-19 pandemic has upended American life and the 2020 presidential election, leading Biden and the party to abandon the usual trappings of an event that draws tens of thousands of people to the host city to mark the start of the general election campaign.” Not “even during the Civil War or World War II did the two major parties abandon in-person conventions with crowded arenas,” writes the Associated Press.
Many political strategists worry that a lack of a lively convention to excite the base and energize the public could affect voting numbers. Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon disagrees. “Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” said Dillon.