Former President Donald Trump
's planned appearance in Mobile, Alabama
, on Saturday has been canceled due to concerns that the event will become partisan, according to NBC
Trump was supposed to be the keynote speaker at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial
Park, but park commissioners scrapped the plan after learning more about Trump's intentions after speaking with the Republican Party
“It became clear that it was going to be a partisan political event rather than just a patriotic event planned for that evening,” said commission chairman Bill Tunnell to the station.
What did they expect? Last Saturday, Trump held his first campaign-style rally since leaving the White House
, spouting the same election lies
and grievances, calling his loss to Joe Biden
of the century."
A day later, he issued a statement criticizing two of his closest allies during his presidency, former Attorney General William Barr
Republican leader Mitch McConnell
(Ky.). Barr had called Trump's claims of election fraud
"bullshit" in a magazine article, and McConnell confirmed that he had told Barr to "inject some reality" into the president.
Tunnell stated that a 2012 rally in Mobile by presidential candidate Rick Santorum
“was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” prompting the commission to prohibit partisan political gatherings in public spaces.
“To be honest, I think some people
just didn’t want it, not just it, but President Trump,” local tea party activist Pete Riehm told NBC 15.
A request for comment from Trump's office was not immediately returned.
The twice-impeached ex-president appears to have filled the void on the calendar with a “Save America
” rally in Sarasota, Florida