As reported on his Facebook page earlier this week, the Libertarian Party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root was to lead a Blue Lives Matter rally this Saturday in Las Vegas. However, Root has since postponed the event due to safety concerns.
“I am postponing Saturday’s pro police march here in Vegas,” Root announced on Facebook. “All indications are 10,000 to 20,000 coming. Police from all over USA. But Vegas police concerned about our safety. Asked me to postpone. I will honor request. Safety of my fans is #1 concern ALWAYS.”
Blue Lives Matter is a law enforcement-friendly movement started in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, which favors “defund[ing] the police” in response to law enforcement’s alleged mistreatment of African Americans.
According to the graphic that advertised Root’s rally, the event was to honor Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis who was severely injured after being shot during the “mostly peaceful” George Floyd protests last week. Other participants billed for the rally included Las Vegas mayor pro tem Michele Fiore and Las Vegas councilwoman Victoria Seaman.
A statement from the Las Vegas NAACP president Roxann McCoy attacked Fiore and Seaman for their part and called the planned rally “disrespectful as well as a deterrent and agitator to the progression of human and civil rights.”
Although a date for the event is unspecified, Root says it will go forward in the coming months.
“Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and I agree we will organize an even bigger event in Vegas in Fall to honor police,” explains Root. “We’ll have months to plan and provide safety.”
While some of Root’s fans supported the decision to postpone, others were dismayed.
“It will never be a safe time unless you wait years,” warns Root-follower Odila Doble.
“This country is a damn mess because everyone abides by left wing pleas,” laments Blue Lives Matter backer Eddie Schmitz.
Later in comments, Schmitz promotes a separate rally to take place July 3 in Las Vegas. He hopes Root endorses it.