The Palm Beach Police and Fire Foundation is planning to raise a fundraiser in Mar-a-Lago this winter that will probably add some quarter of a million dollars to Donald Trump’s cash register – five police officers killed and 1,140 injured despite incitement to attack the Capitol on January 6. Done.
The charity will not say how much Trump’s for-profit South Florida club will pay to host the “Police and Firefighters Ball” on January 22, 2022. Tax filing with the IRS, however, shows that it paid 23 235,012 in 2020, 21 214,760 in 2019 and 26 262,261 in 2018, the rental costs for the same event in those years.
A spokesman for the Palm Beach Police Department said it was not involved in selecting the location. “I can’t really comment on whether this is correct,” said Captain Will Rothrock. “The department is apolitical … I really can’t talk about the former president’s move.”
A Capitol police officer who was beaten by Trump supporters with a flagpole and had his hands open, though, got the idea to pay Trump offensively.
“Unfortunately, a huge number of people, like police officers, elected leaders and people of authority, who say they are ‘law and order and rule of law’, still ignore what happened on January 6, 2021,” Sergeant Aquilino Gonel said. “I think they should find another place and not support someone who has betrayed his position and the constitution by failing to work and protect the constitution from his supporters.”
Maureen Osullivan, a spokeswoman for the foundation, said the party was not making any statements about Trump. He said the organization is not politically motivated.
He added that the group has entered into a long-term deal with Mar-a-Lago that locks in at a lower price than it could otherwise get, and there aren’t many places on Palm Beach that can host an event that typically attracts 700 attendees. “It will cost the foundation money to pull the plug on it,” he said.
Trump did not attend the memorial service for Capital Officer Brian Sicknick, who died hours after being tortured. He also did not publicly acknowledge those who were injured on January 6, or who later committed suicide.
Instead, he praised the invited crowd in Washington DC, the day he threatened his own vice president and Congress that he could overturn his defeated election so he could stay in power. In a statement issued on Wednesday, he wrote, “The real uprising took place in November, not the presidential election, but January – which was a day to protest the bogus election results.”
He and his accomplices tried to martyr Ashley Bobbitt, the rioter who was shot dead when she climbed into an anteroom with a broken window from which members of the household were still being evacuated. Trump has now further claimed that hundreds of people arrested to date are victims of political persecution.
The Palm Beach fundraiser paints a picture of an ongoing alliance between the police group and Trump, despite his central role in carrying out the Jan e Jan attack and the continued support of his followers, they face criminal charges.
Sept. 2, for example, the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association raised funds at Trump’s NAJ Bedminster golf course
Just two weeks ago, on the 17th edge of the New York City Police Department, located a few blocks from his Trump Tower building, he was welcomed for a photo opportunity on Sept. 11, where he indicated he would run for president again in 2024.
The New Jersey Police Union did not respond to a halfpost question about his event. An official at the 17th Avenue in New York City mentioned questions about the visit to the department’s public information office, which did not answer questions from Halfpost.
The New York City Police Benevolent Association, which represents city police officers and which approves Trump’s proposal for re-election in 2020, did not respond to a question from Halfpost.
On Jan. 8, union president Patrick Lynch denounced Trump’s crowd: “We stand with our Capitol police brothers and sisters and all law enforcement officers who were on the ground, especially the dozens who were injured. The rioters must face the full consequences of their actions.” . ”
Lynch, however, declined to comment on Trump’s role in inciting the attack.
Mark Zayed, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who represents Gonelle and another Capitol police officer who defended the Jan January complex, said police support for Trump undermines public confidence in law enforcement at every level today. “Seeing the position of a person who literally supports those who have sworn to uphold the law is incredibly frustrating, whose position is the complete opposite of that interest,” he said.
Trump became the first president in 222 years of a U.S. presidential election to refuse to peacefully hand over power to his successor.
He spent a week with the legitimacy of the lost November contest, lies in the early hours of November beginning his lie that he really won the “landslide” and that his victory was being “stolen” from him. In a handful of states, this lie continues through a long-running failed case challenging the outcome.
Trump and some of his advisers even discussed declaring martial law to force the U.S. military to retain power despite enforcing a coup law or losing an election, including seizing voting machines and “re-voting” in states narrowly won by President Joe. The order was biden.
But military leaders had previously made it clear they would not involve themselves in the political process, so after the Electoral College finally voted on Dec. 14 to formalize Biden’s victory, Trump turned to a last-ditch scheme to put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence instead. Biden won by canceling the ballots of millions of voters in the state and declared Trump the winner during the pro-form congressional certification of the Jan election results.
Trump told his followers to come to Washington that day, and then told thousands of people to march to the Capitol to intimidate Pence into bidding for Trump.
Crowds of his supporters tried to jump into the building. They even chanted the slogan “Hang Mike Pence” after refusing to accept Trump’s demands.
While the House has accused Trump of carrying out the attack, all but Senate Republicans, led by their leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have decided not to convict him-allowing Trump to continue his political life, despite several investigations into post-election activity.