Lt. Governor reacts to loss of RNC in North carolina

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest spoke out Wednesday on the state’s loss of hosting the Republican National Convention.

President Trump tweeted Tuesday night that the RNC will “find another state” to hold the Republican National Convention.

Lt. Governor Dan Forest released this statement Wednesday morning:

“Losing the Republican National Convention is a devastating economic blow to the Charlotte region and North Carolina as a whole. Restaurants, hotels and service workers across multiple industries were counting on this business, especially after the major hit they’ve taken from Gov. Cooper’s COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Cooper has delivered a clear message that North Carolina is not open for business, and the repercussions to jobs and livelihoods will be long-lasting. When other states’ ‘science and data’ shows that it is safe to host a convention in August, it is clear the Cooper Administration is playing politics.”

We asked Lt. Gov. Forest if he thinks North Carolina is ready for thousands of people to be at one event together.

“I think you we have to move forward on the assumption that we will be ready for that. There are other states all around us that have opened up and they haven’t seen any major spikes. They haven’t seen anything change much and they are happening all over the place, but somehow North Carolina doesn’t see fit to be open up. Our governor is continuing to keep us closed down and I think the biggest challenge for the people of North Carolina is the inconsistencies in the decision making,” Forest said.

Late Tuesday night, Governor Roy Cooper responded to President Trump’s latest tweet by saying, “we have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina … And it’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.”

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