The Suspicious Last-Minute Cancellation of Trump’s July 3rd Rally Fuels Wild Speculation

Alabama is one of the “reddest” states in the union. Which is why the state’s sudden decision to cancel an upcoming Trump rally is raising eyebrows.

Set to take place July 3rd, Trump was reportedly looking forward to being the keynote speaker at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and is disappointed that the event will not be happening now.

But why would state officials in Alabama shut down this rally?

Well, the reason given sounds like a pretty lame excuse.

Why was it canceled? USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park commission became concerned that instead of celebrating Independence Day, the event will be political, according to a statement its chairman, Bill Tunnell made to NBC News affiliate WMTV.

“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,” the commission chairman told the outlet.

Tunnell explained that the commission reached out to the attorney general in the state, Steve Marshall, asking for a formal opinion on the matter. WMTV reports that, according to Marshall’s response, which was sent on June 16, the letter from the commission was dated May 26, postmarked June 1, and the attorney general’s office did not receive it until June 14.

Marshall wrote in his letter that the office does not have enough time to offer an official opinion but pointed to laws that allow parks to be used for political events if they are “available for all political parties and candidates on an equal basis.”

Worth noting: Tunnell suggested that the last time the part was used to hold a political event was in 2012 for Rick Santorum’s rally.

“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,” said Tunnell.

Resist the Mainstream

It is not known when this event was originally booked, but you would think the park commission should have known from the beginning what a Trump rally was normally all about.

How arrogant for Alabama AG Steve Marshall to say, when asked why this event was cancelled, that “the office does not have enough time to offer an official opinion” on their decision to cancel the event.

Really?

Marshall is a Republican. So is Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

No word on the party affiliation of Bill Tunnell or other members of the park commission.

If you smell a political hit job, you’re not alone.

A member of Trump’s team, who spoke on FOX10 News on condition of anonymity, rejected that explanation on Tuesday. He laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, calling it a “purely political decision by the governor’s office.”

State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who is mulling a primary challenge against Ivey, echoed that complaint.

“The only thing missing was the approval of the commission of the battleship,” he said. “Now, all of those commissioners are appointed by Governor Ivey, and she serves as an ex officio chair of the commission. … All she had to do was ask them to approve it, and they would have.”

Zeigler offered a host of possible explanations for why Ivey would want to snub Trump – from her role as Alabama campaign chairwoman for the 2012 presidential campaign of Trump nemesis Mitt Romney to fears that Trump would praise Senate candidate Mo Brooks, who is running against former Business Council of Alabama president Katie Boyd Britt. The BCA has endorsed Ivey.

Ivey denied any effort to stop the rally. Her office released a statement reading in part, “Governor Ivey did not get involved to prevent a Trump rally at the USS Alabama. She is fully supportive of President Trump and worked closely with him as governor and appreciated his support of our state.”

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Political indeed.

It appears from the outside that politics is what cancelled the event.

Although Trump will not be in Alabama this weekend, he is now scheduled to speak in Sarasota, Florida on July 3rd.

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