GOP Mulls Scaled-Down Convention Despite Bravado

NBC News reports:

While Americans across the country are canceling weddings, sporting events and music festivals, Trump has insisted to aides that the Republican National Convention — specifically his nationally televised prime-time address — go forward in August, according to five people familiar with the discussions.

One plan under consideration is to have only delegates and alternate delegates attend, and to space them out on the convention floor, two of the people said. There were more than 2,400 delegates, and roughly 2,300 alternates, at the GOP convention in Cleveland in 2016. The event drew tens of thousands of people to the city.

Whatever the final decision on the 2020 GOP convention, the people familiar with the discussions said, there will be no images of raucous Trump supporters packed shoulder-to-shoulder in Charlotte’s main basketball arena, which can hold 20,000 people.

Last week RNC chairperson Ronna McDaniel declared that it was “full steam ahead” for a traditional convention.