[Ed. – As I understand it there are still events in Charlotte, N.C. as well, and the event in Jacksonville will be Trump’s acceptance speech. At any rate, two of the senators are octogenarians, and three (arguably four, including Alexander) are RINOs.]
At least five GOP senators have said they will not attend next month’s Republican National Convention in Jacksonville either due to coronavirus concerns or political reasons.
Why it matters: For some, like 86-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and 80-year-old Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the decision not to attend underscores broader concerns about holding mass gatherings in the coronavirus era. For others, like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the nominating convention for President Trump is politically unsavory.