Trump Will End Up Losing Florida

Trump Will End Up Losing Florida 

Ax Handle Saturday the Day of Trump’s Florida Convention

Cristal M Clark

Last Month Trump decided to move his Republican nominating convention to Florida, the country’s highest-value swing state, from North Carolina and that move might end up costing him his beloved Florida. 

Why you might ask, well Trump can’t seem to bully Coronavirus into submission. Coronavirus cases are surging across Florida with wild abandon, making the move means that it will be painfully difficult for Trump to win Florida’s 29 electoral votes.  

And if Trump loses those votes, it would almost certainly guarantee his loss nationally.

Kim Nymeyer, president of the North Pinellas County Democratic Club: “If they move forward with that convention, with the numbers the way there are, people are just going to think they’re crazy. I do think Trump is taking the rope and hanging himself without any help from us.”

Good point Kim because with all eyes on Trump, I am fairly certain a lot of us around the US and world share in your opinion. 

But even Trump is showing signs of some fear: “When we signed a few weeks ago, it looked good. And now all of a sudden it’s spiking up a little bit and that’s going to go down. It really depends on the timing. We can do a lot of things, but we’re very flexible.”

Spiking up a “little bit?” I guess he pulled out his sharpie again because the numbers spiking in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California are spiking at an alarming rate, hardly a “little bit.”

One top Republican close to the White House acknowledged things could, indeed, go badly and wind up hurting Trump’s chances of winning the all-important state. That individual actually went just a wee bit further speaking the condition of anonymity: “Worst case? No one comes, it looks empty and there’s a bunch of protests, which becomes the big story in the middle of a pandemic.”

The Republican National Convention is currently planning to test every single one of the attendees daily for the 3 day convention for the coronavirus, but if cases are still surging in Florida, daily tests of Trump delegates and supporters would raise questions about why so many medical resources were being devoted to an unnecessary celebration.

But wait folks because there’s more. The choice of the day itself, um Aug. 27,  which is the anniversary of “Ax Handle Saturday,” the day in 1961 when Blacks conducting a lunch counter sit-in were brutally attacked by about 200 white people wielding ax handles and baseball bats.

Mike Binder, a University of North Florida political science professor recently conducted a poll with regards to the convention too. “It’s one of the lowlights of Jacksonville’s history, it’s hard to imagine this going well…. Nobody else had their hand up wanting this thing.” And that poll? Well it showed that Jacksonville residents, by a 58-42 margin, opposed having the convention there right now.    

Cristal M Clark

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