Trump’s drive for a Jacksonville convention is on a collision course with the rampant spread of the coronavirus in Florida. The public health situation in the state has continued to grow worse in recent weeks, setting up the tense spectacle of the GOP holding its marquee event next month in a state that has become an epicenter of a resurgent COVID-19.

“At this point, with the numbers going up, it’s going to really be tough,” Newby warned in an interview.

Only adding to the tension is that Trump likely needs to win Florida if he hopes to get a second term in the White House. And Newby isn’t alone in his concerns.

“I don’t want to see another Tulsa here,” said Tommy Hazouri, a Democrat who serves as president of the Jacksonville City Council, referring to the president’s June rally.