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Trump ‘completely blindsided party officials’ by threatening to pull GOP convention out of Charlotte

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This Memorial Day, President Trump took aim at North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, saying that Cooper couldn’t guarantee that the venue would be filled to capacity.

In a series of tweets, Trump said that although he loves the state of North Carolina so much that he “insisted” on having the convention there.

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“Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena,” he wrote. “In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space.”

Trump went on to say that Republicans who are headed to North Carolina “must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied.”

“If not, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site. This is not something I want to do. Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!” Trump wrote.

According to CNN, Trump’s tweets “completely blindsided” GOP officials and other involved in the convention’s planning.

CNN reports that RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that the Trump campaign, the RNC, and host committee are moving “full steam ahead” in planning the convention but will later assess if any changes need to be made due to the coronavirus.

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“We do not think at this time we have to switch to an alternative plan, but of course, we will monitor circumstances and adjust accordingly,” she said, adding, “We will not be holding a virtual convention.”


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Historian Doris Kerns Goodwin hands Trump an impossible task if he wants to win the presidency in 2020

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Presidential historian Doris Kerns Goodwin revealed a crucial task all presidents must accomplish to get reelected, particularly in a time of crisis.

Speaking to MSNBC's Kasie Hunt on Sunday, Kerns Goodwin explained that the country faces several major issues, and most Americans are searching for a way to move forward together.

"In some ways, the triple crisis we're facing between the pandemic and economic fallout and search for racial injustice is a leader we're hoping to have the ability and skills and temperament to mobilize all the national resources to provide national direction and to bring the country together," she said. "I mean, in those other times of crisis, when I think about the Depression in World War II, what mattered and the reason it worked was that FDR understood that he had to do action, he had to move."

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Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech is remarkably similar to monologues from Fox News host Tucker Carlson

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Axios captured some of the key quotes from President Donald Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore on Saturday and compared it to the monologues from Fox News host Tucker Carlson over the past week.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump's team dealt with at least three cases of plagiarism, including the most egregious, the Republican National Convention speech given by Melania Trump, which quoted word-for-word first lady Michelle Obama's speech. While the weekend speech wasn't quite as bad as that, it certainly borrowed some themes from Carlson.

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‘Kill ’em’: Texas GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left governor a voicemail demanding Guard ‘shoot to kill’ protesters

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In the days after George Floyd's killing in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across Texas and other states, conservative power broker Steve Hotze of Houston called Gov. Greg Abbott's chief of staff to pass along a message.

"I want you to give a message to the governor," Hotze told Abbott's chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. "I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill 'em. Thank you."

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