Just as Donald Trump is ready to go back out on the road and hold more of the Nuremberg-style rallies like the poorly-attended event he held in Ohio over the weekend, one of his upcoming rallies scheduled in Alabama for this July 4th weekend was canceled by local officials over concern that it may become a “partisan political event” according to NBC News affiliate WMTV
It’s difficult to imagine that anyone would have expected otherwise, but apparently the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park commission that sets the rules for the proposed venue belatedly realized that a Trump speech would be difficult to characterize as anything other than deeply political.
Park commission chairman Bill Tunnell was originally under the impression that the event was going to be some sort of “patriotic” celebration of America’s Independence Day, before confirming with Alabama GOP officials the true nature of the rally.
“After the request was made, then there was contact with the Republican Party, they contacted us and then it became apparent that it was going to be a partisan political event, rather than just a patriotic event planned for that evening,” Tunnell told WMTV.
The decision to cancel the rally comes after the park commission consulted with Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall who said that, while he didn’t have time to issue a formal opinion, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park could only be used for political events if it is made “available for all political parties and candidates on an equal basis.”
That hardly seems something that Donald Trump could tolerate.
The commission ceased allowing political events in the park in 2012 when GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum held a rally there.
“Rick Santorum was the, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. And that’s when the commission went to the no partisan politics open to the public,” Tunnell said.
The cancellation riled up local Trump supporters, including Tea Party activist Pete Riehm, who felt that the move was a personal affront to Donald Trump.
“I’ll be honest, I feel some people just didn’t want it, not just it but President Trump,” he moaned. “If people can’t assemble in public places, where can we assemble?” he complained.
Rent a private venue, perhaps?
Trump’s staff is likely scrambling to find a new location for the disgraced former president to spew his grievances and condemn the current state of the nation in his own unique manner of celebrating American freedom on the Fourth of July.
Hopefully, he will soon come to the realization that his audience is rapidly dwindling and not that interested in hearing his lamentation sessions, as the people rushing to leave while he was still speaking during his Ohio rally this past weekend amply demonstrated.
Let’s just get him behind bars where he belongs as soon as possible to avoid these unpleasant last-minute cancellations going forward.
Original reporting by Andrea Ramey at WTMV, NBC 15 News.
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