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Friday, July 20, 2018

You're Not Alone, San Antonio: Only Two Cities Bid on the Republican National Convention. Charlotte Selected

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 1:03 PM

click to enlarge Donald Trump may have been the biggest obstacle for the Republican Party's search for a city to host its 2020 convention. - GAGE SKIDMORE (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
  • Gage Skidmore (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Donald Trump may have been the biggest obstacle for the Republican Party's search for a city to host its 2020 convention.
Turns out San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg isn't the only big city mayor with jittery knees over hosting the Donald J. Trump Flying Circus.

The Republican National Committee has picked Charlotte, N.C., as the host for its sure-to-be-colorful 2020 national convention. But media reports suggest it could have made its final decision with a coin flip.

That's right, after all the Twitter baiting, name-calling and pushing back of deadlines, the RNC had just two suitors: the aforementioned Charlotte and Las Vegas. And even those wavered on their way to the altar.

Earlier this year, 10 of the 11 Charlotte City Council members told Mayor Vi Lyles they'd support her efforts to woo the convention. But faced with increasing pressure from their constituents about handling Orange Kryptonite, several balked and the final vote on the bid squeaked by Monday, 6-5.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas' unusual bid was placed not by the city, its tourism officials or chambers of commerce but by the Nevada Republican Party. Indeed, the city itself appeared to be arm's-length from the process. Maybe officials realized having Trump's name affixed to a gaudy building on the Strip is a completely different thing from giving him a bully pulpit to spew... well, Christ knows what.

But you have to give the RNC credit for trying. According to the Charlotte Observer, it enticed seven cities, including San Antonio, to consider making bids. And, like S.A., most didn't bother, citing anything from lack of available facilities (Dallas) to already having enough large events booked that year (Phoenix).

As you may recall, Republican leaders — prompted by Trump Campaign Chief and one-time Alamo City resident Brad Parscale — visited San Antonio to drum up interest in a bid after the original deadline was in the rearview mirror. Pascale even went public on Twitter, taunting "Weak Kneed Ron" to reclaim his manhood by making a bid.

Ultimately, Nirenberg and all but two members of Council decided to pass, citing the high cost of hosting. (Although it seems likely members also considered how well Trump's repeated insults to Hispanics and his troglodyte views on immigration sat with their constituents.)

Their decision touched off a Trump-sized Twitfit from Parscale, who as recently as Monday still had his hipster beard in a twist over Nirenberg not rolling out the red carpet for Vladimir's new best friend.

Nirenberg declined comment.

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