by Joseph Curl, Daily Wire:
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will not go to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention to accept his party’s presidential nomination because of fears over COVID-19, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
“That’s according to a Democrat with knowledge of the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity to discuss planning,” the AP wrote. “The move is the latest example of the pandemic’s sweeping effects on the 2020 presidential election and the latest blow to traditional party nominating conventions that historically have marked the start of fall general election campaigns.”
Bloomberg News reporter Tyler Page also wrote Wednesday on Twitter that Biden’s plans “have been scrapped because of coronavirus concerns.”
SCOOP: Joe Biden is no longer traveling to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic nomination. His plans to travel to the convention have been scrapped because of coronavirus concerns.
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) August 5, 2020
DNC organizers said in a statement on Wednesday that the “worsening coronavirus pandemic” has prompted convention officials to cancel the event’s speaking engagements “in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention’s production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event.”
The DNC had already implemented strict protocols at its convention, including daily testing of attendees and online options for state delegations.
Biden has severely curtailed his campaigning throughout the pandemic, doing many of his appearances from the basement of his house in Wilmington, Delaware.