President Trump was scheduled to be the keynote speaker this Saturday at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.
Unfortunately, due to “partisan political concerns,” the rally has been canceled.
“USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park commission chairman Bill Tunnell told the NBC News affiliate that the Republican party contacted them worried about the patriotic event turning into a ‘partisan political event’ instead,” the Hill reported.
“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’s chairman, Bill Tunnell told WMTV.
“Tunnell says commissioners sought an opinion from the attorney general’s office in late May,” WMTV reported. “NBC 15 News obtained Attorney General Steve Marshall’s response which stated there was little time for a formal opinion to be rendered but did note the park may be used for political events provided access is ‘available for all political parties and candidates on an equal basis.’ The state park has been used for political events previously. In 2012, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum used the park for a rally.”
The chairman of the Alabama GOP has since told NBC that President Trump had been excited to speak and was disappointed by the cancellation.
Sources: Media – Officials