Palm Beach Police Ball Will Enrich Trump, Whose Jan. 6 Mob Attacked Police Officers

The Palm Beach Police and Fire Foundation is planning a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago this winter that can seemingly put some quarter-million {dollars} into Donald Trump’s money registers — regardless of the previous president’s incitement of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol that led to the deaths of 5 cops and accidents to 140 extra.

The charity wouldn’t disclose how a lot it is going to be paying Trump’s for-profit South Florida membership to host the Jan. 22, 2022, “Policemen’s and Fire Fighters’ Ball.” Tax filings with the IRS, nevertheless, present that it paid $235,012 in 2020, $214,760 in 2019 and $262,261 in 2018 in facility rental prices for a similar occasion in these years, all of which had been additionally held at Mar-a-Lago.

A spokesman for the Palm Beach Police Department stated it was not concerned in selecting the positioning. “I really cannot provide a comment on whether it’s appropriate or not,” stated Capt. Will Rothrock. “The department is apolitical … I can’t really speak to the former president’s actions.”

A Capitol Police officer who was overwhelmed with a flag pole by Trump supporters and had his hand sliced open, although, discovered the idea of paying Trump offensive.

“Unfortunately, there is a vast amount of people, elected leaders and people of authority like police officers, that say that they are ‘pro law and order and the rule of law,’ yet they disregard what transpired on January 6, 2021,” stated Sgt. Aquilino Gonell. “In my opinion they should find another venue and not support someone who betrayed his oath of office and the Constitution by failing to act and defend the Constitution from his supporters.”

Maureen O’Sullivan, a basis spokeswoman, stated the group isn’t making a press release both manner about Trump. “The organization is not politically motivated,” she stated.

She added that the group entered a long-term contract with Mar-a-Lago that locks in a cheaper price than it may in any other case get, and that Palm Beach doesn’t have many locations that may host an occasion that usually attracts 700 attendees. “To pull the plug on in it would cost the foundation money,” she stated.

Trump didn’t attend a memorial service for Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick, who died hours after being assaulted. Nor has he publicly acknowledged those that had been injured on Jan. 6, nor those that died by suicide later.

Instead, he has praised the mob he invited to Washington, D.C., on that day to intimidate his personal vp and Congress into overturning the election he had misplaced in order that he may stay in energy. “The real insurrection happened on November 3rd, the Presidential Election, not on January 6th — which was a day of protesting the Fake Election results,” he wrote in a press release issued Wednesday.

He and his allies have additionally tried to make a martyr of Ashli Babbitt, the rioter who was shot to dying as she climbed by way of a damaged window into an anteroom from which House members had been nonetheless being evacuated. Trump now additionally claims that the a whole lot who’ve been arrested to this point are victims of political persecution.

The Palm Beach fundraiser illustrates the persevering with alliance between police teams and Trump, however his central function in fomenting the Jan. 6 assault in addition to his persevering with assist for his followers as they face felony costs.

On Sept. 27, for instance, the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association held a fundraiser at Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, N.J.

Just two weeks earlier, the New York City police division’s 17th precinct, positioned a couple of blocks from his Trump Tower constructing, welcomed him for a Sept. 11 photograph alternative, the place he hinted he would run for president once more in 2024.

The New Jersey police union didn’t reply to HuffPost questions on its occasion. An officer at New York City’s 17th precinct referred questions in regards to the go to to the division’s public data workplace, which didn’t reply to HuffPost queries.

The New York City Police Benevolent Association, which represents town’s cops and which endorsed Trump’s re-election bid in 2020, additionally didn’t reply to HuffPost queries.

On Jan. 8, union president Patrick Lynch condemned Trump’s mob: “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. Every one of the rioters must face the full consequences of their actions.”

Lynch, nevertheless, declined to deal with Trump’s function in instigating the assault.

Mark Zaid, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who represents Gonell and one other Capitol Police officer who defended the complicated on Jan. 6, stated police assist for Trump at the moment undermines public belief for legislation enforcement at each degree. “It is incredibly disappointing to see those who are sworn to uphold the law literally supporting someone whose position is completely contrary to those interests,” he stated.

Trump turned the primary president in 232 years of U.S. elections to refuse to show over energy peacefully to his successor.

He spent weeks attacking the legitimacy of the Nov. three contest he misplaced, beginning his lies within the predawn hours of Nov. four that he had actually received in a “landslide” and that his victory was being “stolen” from him. Those falsehoods continued by way of a protracted string of failed lawsuits difficult the leads to a handful of states.

Trump and a few of his advisers even mentioned utilizing the United States navy by invoking the Insurrection Act or declaring martial legislation to retain energy regardless of having misplaced the election, together with by seizing voting machines and ordering “re-votes” in states narrowly received by President Joe Biden.

But navy leaders had earlier made clear they might not contain themselves within the political course of, so after the Electoral College lastly voted on Dec. 14, making Biden’s win official, Trump as an alternative turned to a last-ditch scheme to stress Vice President Mike Pence into canceling the ballots of hundreds of thousands of voters in a number of states Biden received and declaring Trump the winner in the course of the pro-forma congressional certification of the election outcomes on Jan. 6.

Trump requested his followers to return to Washington that day, after which advised the tens of 1000’s who confirmed as much as march on the Capitol to intimidate Pence into doing Trump’s bidding.

His mob of supporters tried to do exactly that by storming the constructing. They even chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after Pence refused to adjust to Trump’s calls for.

While the House impeached Trump for inciting the assault, all however seven Senate Republicans, led by their chief, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, selected to not convict him — thereby letting Trump proceed his political profession at the same time as faces a number of investigations into his post-election actions.


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