A police chief has indefinitely postponed a charity event honoring a police officer killed in a 2018 mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California – allegedly because Republicans were invited.
Fox News’ Brie Stimson reports:
The Blue Bowl, a charity flag football game, was intended to raise money for the family of fallen Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus as well as other officers killed in the line of duty, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.
Thousands of dollars had already been raised for fallen officers’ families, but the money is now being returned to donors because Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel reportedly withdrew the police department because Trump supporters would be speaking at the event.
“He basically said over and over in the conversation, ‘This is not Trump country, that slogan ‘Make America Great’ is not favorable, popular, within 1,200 square miles,’ that we don’t want Republicans here. I could not believe it,” Mike Randall, vice president of the Fallen Officers Foundation, said, according to FOX 11.
“‘The only thing,’ and I quote, ‘the only thing you [could have done to make] this worse, Mike, was to invite Dick Cheney and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.’
Randall said he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
Both Democrats and Republicans were initially slated to attend, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Trump-supporting celebrity and Helus’ acquaintance Scott Baio.
Sheriff Hagel also reportedly said that organizers upset Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin for inviting her Republican opponent.
Hagel then unilaterally decided the Thousand Oaks Police Department would not participate in the event.