‘This was his decision’: Lenny Curry lauds Donald Trump for cancelling Republican National Convention
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry breezed to reelection in 2019, but 2020's issues are a different matter.

For whatever reason, the Mayor found it preferable to take national soft-focus questions.

As the fallout continues from the president’s announcement that Jacksonville will not host the Republican National Convention, the city’s Mayor told national media that it was Donald Trump‘s call alone.

While Curry couldn’t make time for the local press, he did appear on all three major cable news networks before the sun went down Friday.

And in each spot, Curry benefited from soft-focus spots, and lauded the President for making the ‘hard decision’ to cancel the convention.

On CNN with Wolf Blitzer, Curry said “we’d been planning it until yesterday,” but there was “uncertainty” all along.

“We’d been monitoring the situation for weeks,” Curry said. “We’d been communicating those numbers to the RNC and the White House.”

“The President made the right decision.”

“We had as recently as yesterday put in a message to the White House that while our numbers were climbing it looked like they maybe started to plateau. Our hospitals were in good shape,” Curry said, saying that “we were potentially looking to pull things back, pull the plug, but we weren’t there.”

Curry told Blitzer that Trump made the right decision.

“This was his decision. If I had gotten to the same decision in a week or two weeks,” Curry said, all would have “gone along and done the same thing.”

Curry repeated many of the same phrases on Meet the Press with host Steve Kornacki, avoiding questions such as whether the event would have posed a public health risk

The Mayor denied any allegation that Trump being behind in polls led to cancellation of the convention. As well, he did say that donors “understand” the cancellation of the event.

“Costs have been incurred,” Curry said. “The host committee has the dollars to honor its obligations … there’s no taxpayer dollars at risk.”

Friday afternoon saw Curry on Fox News ahead of the CNN and MSNBC hits, discussing the decision with host Bill Hemmer.

For Curry, who launched the push for the RNC amidst buoyant optimism only to see logistics sink it, the choice of national media to message was an obvious one.

Curry asserted that when Jacksonville pitched the convention, the positive testing rate for COVID-19 was 3%, and with those rates spiking, “President Trump made the right decision.”

“This virus spreads person to person, so this is the right thing to do, as disappointing as it is,” Curry said.

The Mayor’s contention that COVID-19 cautions drove the cancellation tracks with the same assurances from a top staffer Friday to the Jacksonville City Council.

Jordan Elsbury, representing Curry, said the Mayor put “public safety above all things when planning this event.”

“When the convention was first agreed to in Jacksonville, our percent of [virus] positives were lower than they ever were … those who watched the President yesterday saw him address COVID concerns,” Elsbury said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Sonja Fitch

    July 24, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    What a crock of looting Lenny bs! Lol. Putin loving traitor trump is not welcomed to Jacksonville, a proud military community ! Now old looting Lenny is still out there for the. BS for old looting Lenny ! By the way looting Lenny we are experiencing a demanding trump virus infection. Why don’t you try that as a project Looting Lenny! Serve and protect!

  • Frankie M.

    July 24, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    So you’re saying he pulled a DuhSantis? When Mama(Faux news) comes callin you don’t walk you run.

  • Trump 2020

    July 24, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    All of you socialist/marxist will be crying like little babies when Trump wins again, it will be so funny 🙂

    • Frankie M.

      July 25, 2020 at 9:25 am

      I look forward to Dear Leader refusing to relinquish his crown.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    July 25, 2020 at 6:47 am

    If the Dear Leader had been able to send his anonymous goons to Jacksonville to “quell the riots” it would have made great TV! But we don’t need that now; we have baseball.

  • Tjb

    July 25, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Trump backed out of Jaxville because it was going to be a low attendance event. Another Tulsa. Small crowds is his greatest concern not COVID-19 not the 150,000 lost loves.

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