Just yesterday, there were reports about the Democrats possibly canceling their national convention.
Now it has been confirmed that they are delaying the event by one month from July to August, due to the Coronavirus crisis.
The DNC Is Delaying its Convention
The 2020 Democratic National Committee in Milwaukee, originally scheduled for July 13-16, has been delayed until August 17 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention,” DNC CEO Joe Solmonese said. “During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders.”
See the two tweets below:
In light of the unprecedented health crisis facing our country, the 2020 Democratic National Convention will now be held the week of August 17 in Milwaukee, providing our team more time to determine the most appropriate structure for this historic event.https://t.co/DybjUJuUUA
— 2020 Democratic National Convention (@DemConvention) April 2, 2020
— Brandon Conradis (@BConradis) April 2, 2020
More from The Hill:
Democrats did not want to move the convention to a time that would conflict with the Olympics, which had been scheduled to take place over two weeks in late July to early August. However, the Tokyo Summer Games have since been postponed by a year.
There has been some frustration with the process among Democratic National Committee members in Wisconsin, who said they were not consulted about the changes. And there are still questions about whether delaying the convention by a month is the right solution with so much uncertainty around when the outbreak will be under control.
“I understand the need to move fast to change the date, especially with Biden calling for it yesterday,” said Andrew Werthmann, a DNC member from Wisconsin. “But in fairness, I’m sure this was being planned for weeks, maybe months, and as a DNC member in the state that is hosting, I wasn’t aware of that. The word we kept getting was status quo. I think the other point is that frankly, while I hope by August things are safe enough to hold the convention, right now that feels ambitious.”
There is still a very real possibility that the convention could be canceled altogether.
It just depends on how the Coronavirus crisis pans out.