The people in charging of planning the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville are so incompetent that the local Republican sheriff is warning that “we can’t pull it off” — seriously.
The sheriff of Jacksonville, Fla., said he can’t provide security for the Republican National Convention because of a lack of clear plans, adequate funding and enough law enforcement officers.
“As we’re talking today, we are still not close to having some kind of plan that we can work with that makes me comfortable that we’re going to keep that event and the community safe,” Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams told POLITICO…
Williams said the event, scheduled for Aug. 24-27, was announced in June, giving his agency little time to plan and prepare. The Republican National Committee has not yet nailed down which convention events will be at which venues, making it more challenging. And a pledged $50 million grant has been paired [sic] back to $33 million and, Williams said, there are strings attached that make letting [sic again? FFS, Politico!] contracts too difficult.
“We do need law enforcement officers and we’ve gotten commitments, but not to the level that we thought we needed. And a lot of that is people having virus concerns from their communities, and I understand that,” Williams said.
“But there’s a lot of things that need to happen: an event schedule nailed down, and being able to sign contracts and spend money so that we can prepare for this event. And none of that has happened yet,” he said. “So here we are inside of 40 days, and I haven’t really pulled the trigger on anything RNC-related when it comes to finances or contracts and so, you know, only related to security, mind you, nothing, nothing related to any of this.”
Jesus, what a fucking clown show. I’d bet a substantial sum the venue details haven’t been ironed out because the Trump/RNC people are trying to shake down the locals. It’s possible they’ll have to cancel the whole thing.
Speaking of clown shows, Trump is going to resume his daily 5 PM ET coronavirus briefings, starting tomorrow. That’s great news for three people, in no particular order: Joe Biden, Sarah Cooper and Joy Reid, none of whom will ever lack for material now.
“I think it’s a great way to get information out to the public,” Trump said, adding they would likely resume on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET — the same time he typically briefed in the spring.
“We had a good slot. A lot of people were watching,” Trump said, using television ratings lingo to describe the sessions: “We had record numbers watching,” he said. “In the history of cable television there’s never been anything like it.”
True — there’s never been anything like it. Also speaking of clowns, these motherfuckers:
I'm not sure which is worse: DeSantis blowing the question off or Rubio posting nice words about Rep. Lewis accompanied by a photo of himself with Rep. Cummings. (Now deleted.) Maybe Rick Scott will do something awful and/or embarrassing to give us a GOP Florida Man trifecta.
— Betty Cracker 🐊 (@bettycrackerfl) July 18, 2020
Speaking of mocking clowns, this video was shared in comments, I’m told, but I think it deserves the front page treatment because it’s hilarious:
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 13, 2020
All the emails are really that bad. I receive Trump campaign come-ons on one of my burner accounts, and y’all wouldn’t believe how hard they’re trying to sell me a Trump-Pence welcome mat. Or maybe you would. Anyhoo. Open thread.