The Republican Party is set to ban reporters from reporting on Donald Trump’s official nomination at the Republican Convention.
“When Republicans renominate Donald Trump for president in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 24, journalists won’t be on hand to witness it, a convention spokesperson,” the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
Hiding the nomination in this fashion is unprecedented in modern history for both the Democratic and Republican parties, who traditionally have reporters in the room to freely report on the party convention and official nomination.
“This is an ill-advised decision that the @GOP @GOPconvention should reconsider,” wrote AP reporter Zeke Miller, who serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “The nomination of a major party presidential candidate is very much the business of the American people.”
The unusual decision occurs after a series of embarrassing missteps related to convention planning.
The Republican convention was originally scheduled to happen in North Carolina. After Gov. Roy Cooper (D) insisted that the party adhere to safety requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump attacked him and said the convention would be moved to Florida.
After the outbreak re-intensified in Florida, Trump said the event would be scaled down due to the rampant virus.
Highlighting the danger of Trump’s convention movements, conservative commentator and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died of COVID-19 after attending Trump’s sparsely-attended rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
While Republicans and Trump have been involved in several convention-related mistakes, the Democrats announced that in response to the virus much of their convention would be scaled down and conducted online.
Recent polls have shown that the public trusts Biden over Trump on how to handle the viral outbreak.