Monday, June 1, 2020
A look at where the political year stands, from the showdown over keeping the Republican convention in Charlotte to a presidential tweet about “shooting” protesters in Minneapolis.
This was the week that the Democratic presidential race was supposed to cross the finish line with the final set of primaries on Tuesday. Of course, the pandemic upended that schedule and pretty much everything else connected to politics, like the conventions.
North Carolina is nearing President Trump’s deadline for giving an answer on whether a full-scale Republican convention can be held in Charlotte.
As America’s coronavirus death toll tops 100,000, the president seemed more focused on his beef with Twitter and its attempts to counter his false tweets about mail-in voting, and its flagging of a tweet suggesting protesters in Minneapolis would be shot.
Polls show the president still trailing de facto Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who is being urged to name a nonwhite running mate as the “veepstakes” continues.
Adolphus Belk, Jr., Winthrop University, professor of political science (@abjrphd)
Michael Bitzer, Catawba College, chair of political science, professor of politics and history (@BowTiePolitics)
Whitney Ross Manzo, Meredith College, assistant professor of political science, assistant director of the Meredith Poll (@whitneymnz)
Josh Putnam, Wilmington-based political scientist, writes the Frontloading blog on presidential elections and campaigns (@FHQ)