Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Latest Republican to Announce They’re Skipping Party’s Convention

Donald Trump is desperate to bask in the adulation of Republicans during the party’s National Convention. Everything having to do with the event, though, has been going sideways. The meeting, first meant to be in Charlotte, then in Jacksonville, will now mostly be held online.

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With the Covid pandemic being an easy excuse, a number of high profile Republicans have said that they won’t be in attendance. Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott became the latest lawmaker to bail on the event.

“It was an honor being selected to serve as Chair of the Texas Delegation for the 2020 Republican National Convention,” Abbott wrote in a letter. “However, as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, my top priority remains focused on protecting the health and safety of Texans. As such, my duties as Governor will not permit
me to attend the convention session in Charlotte, and specifically the 37(e) convention on Monday,
August 24, 2020.”

In his stead, Abbott will be sending Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to the event. Patrick has made waves over the last few months with controversial statements about the coronavirus. In March the Lieutenant Governor said of elderly people should be willing to expose themselves to Covid in order to keep the economy going. “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all Americans love for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”

A number of other prominent GOP lawmakers have also bailed on the RNC. This group includes, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassely, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins.


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