Vi Lyles is a Democrat, but she's long been a cheerleader for hosting President Trump and the Republican Party for their national convention in 2020. Lyles said the economic impact of having the RNC in the Queen City is something that can't be ignored and it would show the nation that Charlotte is inclusive for everyone.
Lyles released the following statement earlier in the week:
“The current political climate with all its divisive rhetoric and harmful policies, does not represent my values or the values of most Charlotteans. But if Charlotte is the site of the RNC, we can show that our city is about inclusion and leverage it as an opportunity to demonstrate our values of respect while honoring our differences.”