Venue nixes Trump-inspired event following warning of possible influx of white supremacists

Venue nixes Trump-inspired event following warning of possible influx of white supremacists
Image via Gage Skidmore.
Bank

The owner of a New York-based venue that was scheduled to host the Trump-inspired "ReAwaken America" tour next month has announced his plan to cancel the upcoming event. On Monday, July 18, Scott Donaldson — the owner of Main Street Armory — sent an email to announce his decision to cancel the event.

According to Business Insider, Donaldson wrote that he "made his decision after 'careful thought' and in response to an outpouring 'of concern from our community, both good and bad.'"

"I'd like to say that the Main Street Armory is an equal opportunity and non-political venue," Donaldson's statement read, according to Spectrum News. "We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, etc."

READ MORE: House Republican gave a private tour of the Capitol on January 5th, 2021 while it was closed for COVID-19

"I believe everyone has the right to their own opinions and beliefs," he continued.

The tour was initially set to make pitstops in Rochester, N.Y. on August 12 and 13 at Donaldson's venue. Since kicking off in April, it has visited numerous red states including Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, its website points out.

Organized by the conservative podcast host, Clay Clark, the tour — which has featured a number of far-right keynote speakers like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, InfoWars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Roger Stone, and former U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn— has been criticized and panned as a "hotbed for far-right extremist groups like QAnon," per Business Insider.

According to Baptist News Global, some Christian leaders have also expressed concern about the tour, suggesting it "promotes Christian nationalism that pushes 'anti-democratic, pro-violence and Q-Anon-inspired ideology.'"

READ MORE: 'A for-profit show': Peeking inside Donald Trump's new multimillion-dollar political money-making deal

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}