By Duncan Smith

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is throwing cold water on the Republican Party, claiming that it’s “very unlikely” the RNC can hold its nominating convention in Charlottesville later this summer.

And you’ll never guess why: Coronavirus.

Fox News reported Tuesday that the Democrat governor is saying that the ongoing ‘coronavirus crisis’ will make it impossible for the GOP to hold a full convention, fulfilling President Donald Trump’s earlier prediction that Cooper was probably going to use the pandemic as an excuse to keep the event out of the state.

Talk about petty.

Fox News adds:

In a letter to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and convention president and CEO Marcia Lee Kelly, Cooper said that the state still wants 'a safe RNC convention in Charlotte' that follows health guidelines, but that officials would like to discuss what a 'scaled-down convention would look like.'

'The people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention, with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity,' Cooper wrote. 'We are happy to continue talking with you about what a scaled-down convention would look like and we still await your proposed plan for that.'

He added: 'As much as we want the conditions surrounding COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the Convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely.'

'Neither public health officials nor I will risk the health and safety of North Carolinians by providing the guarantee you seek,' he wrote.

Sure, governor. Whatever you say. It’s the ‘virus.’

RNC officials pretty much expected this, as did other more politically friendly states. The RNC has been scoping out other cities to host the nominating convention, Fox News notes, and many governors have already been in touch with President Trump’s campaign to let officials know they are welcome to hold the convention in their states.

'President Trump and Chairwoman McDaniel have been clear on our desire to hold our convention in Charlotte but without concrete guidance from Gov. Cooper, planning has been difficult,” an RNC spokesman Rick Gorka told Fox News on Tuesday. 'Deadlines loom and major decisions need to be made.'

That seems to be Cooper’s point — to make things ‘difficult’ on the president.

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