Cities Reject Opportunity To Host 2020 GOP Convention

Well, isn’t this a darn shame:

Cities across the country are turning down the opportunity to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, where President Trump is expected to be nominated for a second term.

The cities that have rejected hosting duties insist Trump and today’s divisive politics are not factors in their decisions. They instead cite high security costs and disruptions in the normal flow of business and traffic. But Trump is almost certainly a factor in some cities’ decisions to opt out.

“Most of the cities that have turned down the RNC are Democratic cities,” said Evan Siegfried, a New York-based Republican strategist. “Their leaders do not want to suffer blowback with their residents for hosting Trump and neither do they want to have local business owners angry because protestors smashed their store windows.”

So far only Charlotte has officially expressed interest in hosting the convention. San Antonio, Nashville, Las Vegas, and others have declined to submit bids. For their part, the Democrats are entertaining bids from at least eight cities.