Ringing opposition today to any plans by the City of San Antonio to bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The rally at the Bexar County Courthouse was led by Commissioner Tommy Calvert, who said any benefits San Antonio would get from hosting the convention, which is likely to renominate President Trump, would be outweighed by the 'civil unrest and division' it would create.
"It would be one of the biggest food and catering events in the history of the city," he said. "But who would be cooking the food? Who do you think will be serving the food?"
Calvert says the comments President Trump has made about Mexicans and immigrants are not in line with the values San Antonio likes to proclaim to the world, not to mention the millions of dollars San Antonio earns during the holidays from shoppers from Mexico.
"I would actually be for the Republican Convention in San Antonio, but not with this president at the top of the ticket, and his hateful rhetoric," he said.
Several civil rights groups cheered as Calvert shouted down the idea of the GOP Convention in San Antonio.
"We are not actually against a Republican convention, we will host the Texas Republican Convention in June, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, irony of ironies."
City Council will discuss in secret session on Thursday whether to move forward with a bid for the Convention.