Chuck Grassley Won’t’ Attend Republican Convention Over Virus Concerns

( The Republican Party is moving ahead with its national convention, with the intention of allowing people to attend as normal. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, however, will be one of the party’s big names unable to attend over concerns relating to the Chinese coronavirus.

After attending every single Republican National Convention for four decades, Grassley won’t be in attendance of the event which will take place in Jacksonville, Florida.

The event is expected to be huge, with attendees encouraged to wear masks if they like, to help reduce the spread of the virus. It comes at a time when Democrats are pushing for more and more lockdown measures, and President Trump is championing better treatment so that state economies can continue reopening.

The RNC was expected to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, where it usually takes place but was moved to Florida after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper refused to offer guarantees that the event could go ahead as planned. It sparked fears that the Democrat could pull the plug last minute and leave the Republicans without a national convention.

Grassley said he supported the decision to move the event to Florida but confirmed that he won’t be in attendance.

“Going to a place where the governor feels that it’s safer is probably the right thing to do if you want to have a convention,” he said. “I think we should have a convention, but I think you should do whatever you can to make it as safe as possible – so that would mean with face masks and social distancing.”

Many assumed that President Trump would encourage people not to wear face masks because of the way the Democrats and the media have portrayed his position on the wearing of masks and social distancing. His belief that the economy should be opened as soon as possible was conflated with an opposition to social distancing – something he recently confirmed isn’t accurate.

President Trump said that the reason he doesn’t wear masks is because, as the president, the people around him have all been tested for the virus. He did say, however, that he would wear a mask if necessary.

The RNC, when it goes ahead, is expected to take steps to ensure social distancing.