House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) railed against President Trump on Wednesday for threatening to relocate the Republican National Convention away from its scheduled venue in Charlotte, North Carolina if the state’s governor won’t budge on coronavirus-related restrictions.
When asked whether the Republican and Democratic conventions should still be held in late August, Pelosi responded that she doesn’t believe holding the conventions at full capacity is realistic amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t think there’s anyone who would say at this point that tens of thousands of people should come together for a political convention, no matter how great an ego trip it is for somebody,” Pelosi said, alluding to Trump’s repeated insistence that the Republican National Convention be held as planned.
Pelosi’s remarks come just two days after Trump and Vice President Mike Pence threatened to yank the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if Gov. Roy Cooper (D) won’t permit the event to be held at full capacity.
After the President issued his threat to Cooper on Monday, several Republicans — which include Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), Florida GOP chair Joe Gruters and Texas GOP chair James Dickey — have tried to woo Trump into relocating the RNC to their states.
Watch Pelosi’s remarks below:
Tragically, 100,000 people across America have lost their lives to COVID-19. Meanwhile, there is still no strong, nationwide plan to expand testing like the one in the #HeroesAct.
The Senate must pass it immediately. https://t.co/GLTbm8UqHt
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 27, 2020