No One Seems to Want to Host the 2020 Republican National Convention, Including Cleveland

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The GOP is having an extremely difficult time securing a host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention where Donald Trump is expected to be nominated for a second term as President of the United States.

Despite the nearly $185 million economic boost brought to the city from the 2016 RNC, The Hill reports that Cleveland has joined the ranks of Las Vegas, San Antonio, Nashville and Philadelphia, declining to host the convention. These cities are citing high security costs and disruption to downtown business as to why they've decided to steer clear of the GOP event. 

The Hill also spoke with political strategists to try and get to the bottom of why so many cities are declining the opportunity to host.

“Most of the cities that have turned down the RNC are Democratic cities,” said Evan Siegfried, a New York-based Republican strategist. “Their leaders do not want to suffer blowback with their residents for hosting Trump and neither do they want to have local business owners angry because protesters smashed their store windows.”

Last week, San Antonio's City Council voted against bidding on the convention, with Mayor Ron Nirenberg citing the $40 million that Cleveland spent on the 2016 RNC's security as a cause for concern.

Also according to The Hill's report, only three cities are currently in the running to host the 2020 RNC — and only one, Charlotte, North Carolina, has gone public with their bid.

More than 5o,000 people attended the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and Scene celebrated with a commemorative coloring book.

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