In one of the most stunning displays of partisanship we’ve seen in some time, California Democrats decided they would rather cancel a charity event meant for the victims of a Thousand Oaks mass shooting than go forward with an event that Republicans might actually participate in. According to the organizers of the Blue Bowl – a flag-football game that would have involved the Thousand Oaks Police Department, the Los Angeles Rams, and a local high school – the event fell apart after Democrats realized that Trump supporters were going to show up.
The event had already raised thousands of dollars for the family of fallen police officer Ron Helus. That money will now be returned, given the event’s cancellation and the loss of corporate sponsors.
From National Review:
Organizers claim that Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel tried to undermine the fundraiser by telling its sponsors to pull out due to the scheduled participation of Trump supporters in the event line up.
Actor Scott Baio and singer Joy Villa, both Trump backers, were poised to appear, with Villa scheduled to sing the national anthem. Baio was a member of Helus’ church. The public safety advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom was also scheduled to attend, making the event a bipartisan affair.
Mike Randall, Vice President of the Fallen Officers Foundation and an organizer of the Blue Bowl, described a phone conversation between himself and Hagel to the to the local Fox affiliate on Tuesday: “[Hagel] 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…”
Apparently, Hagel was so committed to avoiding having his officers involved in an event that would include Trump supporters that he threatened to pull the Venturas County Sheriff’s Department from their scheduled participation. When organizers refused to tell Baio and Villa to stay home, Hagel actually followed through on his threat and yanked the police honor guard from the Blue Bowl.
Imagine being THAT committed to hating Trump, that you’re willing to damage a charity event meant to help one of your own. We’ve seen some advanced cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome over the last three years, but this may take the cake.
Ultimately, because other companies and organizations withdrew from the event in the wake of Hagel’s decision, the event had to be canceled.
Great job, Democrats. Awesome work, Hagel. You really did your community proud.