Thursday September 24, 2020

Presidential conventions cancelled as coronavirus crashes the party

Described by disillusioned party insiders as $100 million a pop sinkholes, the extended presidential election jamborees will not go ahead this year

9th August, 2020
The Republican Convention in Cleveland in 2016 highlighted Donald Trump’s ability to create mayhem and emerge as its chief beneficiary. Picture: Getty

As the Republican National Convention (RNC) of 2016 drew to a close, a whey-faced GOP grandee confessed to this reporter that the four-day debacle in Cleveland marked the end of the conventional political convention.

“We’ll never come back from this,” he said.

Michael Steele, a former GOP chairman, was referring to the boycotts, the feuds laid bare, the failed coup attempts by delegates from a dozen states, the jeering “lock her up”...

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