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Wayne Allyn Root Postpones Blue Lives Matter Rally

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.

35 thoughts on “Wayne Allyn Root Postpones Blue Lives Matter Rally

  1. Thomas Knapp

    More like: “All indications are 10-20 coming. When Vegas police heard about it, they asked me if I was a fucking idiot and suggested that they don’t have time to follow me around making sure I don’t get my ass beat while doing retarded shit in public.”

  2. Jim Polichak from Long Island

    WOW! A Libertarian supporting the enforcement arm of the government. I never thought I’d see this.
    John Hospers must be spinning in his grave.

  3. Thomas Knapp

    Jim,

    Root is neither a Libertarian nor a libertarian. He’s a Republican and an authoritarian. He was briefly a Libertarian, years ago, but was never very convincing at pretending to be a libertarian.

  4. Thomas Knapp

    I still suspect Hospers was senile and conned rather than actually responsible for the filth put out under his name near the end of his life.

  5. paulie

    I don’t recall him being visibly senile when I saw him in a debate about the Iraq war at the lpca convention in 2005. I think he was just a warmonger, like most Ayn rand enthusiasts. But if he also turned authoritarian on domestic issues I’m not remembering that.

  6. Jared

    Objectivists see the world more through a Randian lens of individualist civilization vs. collectivist barbarism than through a libertarian lens of equal liberty vs. coercive privilege, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that Hospers would lean that direction.

  7. Joe Buchman

    I’d like to delete this article but won’t. Why? Nothing to do with third parties, IMO, and frankly the photo of Root is disgusting, at least to me, and probably drives other readers away too.

    But maybe not as much as the Oregon article I posted.

    🙂

    Done venting.

    If some other editor deletes this though, I’ll not complain.

    At least change out the photo, please. Maybe a cat? Or tree? Or leaf?

  8. NewFederalist

    Perhaps Root could engage in truly productive pursuits such as convincing the University of Nevada Las Vegas to change their team name from Rebels to something less offensive. C’mon Wayne, use your incredible influence and limitless talent for good!

  9. Thomas Knapp

    Ah — I didn’t know that Hospers was, in particular, a Randroid, or possibly even a Peikoff cultist. They’ve pretty much polluted the reputation of Objectivism beyond near-term repair.

    Joe,

    Yes, this piece is third-party-related. We may want to FORGET that the LP made the mistake of nominating Root for VP, but it did so.

  10. paulie

    If some other editor deletes this though, I’ll not complain.

    I’m not going to delete it, but I would like to renew my request that we cover people who were briefly associated with alt parties some time back, and are better known for their establishment party time before and after that, rarely. I haven’t been very insistent on it since William got more article posting restarted and I am not interested in posting a whole bunch of articles by myself (at least not for very long). But TBH we really should not be running that many columns by Baldwin, Paul, and Buchanan. All of them were only in an alt party briefly quite a while ago and are much better known for other things. If coverage of e.g. Barr or Root becomes regular again I would have the same objection, but I think this is the first time we have covered him in quite a while.

    We could discuss that on the email list too if you want.

  11. Jared

    Yeah, I don’t think every commentary on current events by someone who once ran as a third-party candidate is IPR newsworthy. Then again, I’m not an editor. Scrolling through the same reposted images of Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul does weird me out a little.

  12. paulie

    Nader is more relevant than those others imo. He ran for president outside the duopoly four times, not once like them; more recently than most of them, and has not gone back and run as duopoly or advocate doing do since.

  13. dL

    I still recall the CSPAN broadcast where the Georgia delegation thanked Root for saving the party after he won the VP nod. lulz.

  14. Joe Buchman

    Maybe we could keep Root and other current R and D loyalists to articles on Halloween and April Fool’s Day only, that would meet both Paulie’s rarely standard and help with my I want to vomit reaction.

    🙂

  15. Just Some Random Guy

    @ Joe Buchman

    I’d like to delete this article but won’t. Why? Nothing to do with third parties, IMO, and frankly the photo of Root is disgusting, at least to me, and probably drives other readers away too.

    I kind of feel that’s the case for a number of the articles. For example, sure, Chuck Baldwin was candidate for the Constitution Party over a decade ago, but does he have any affiliation with them anymore? Or relation to anything third party? The same thing is true, as far as I can tell, for the frequent Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan posts; neither they nor the subject matter of their posts relate to third parties.

  16. paulie

    I think Nader is more relevant than those others for reasons explained earlier. We’ve never had a hard rule against ever covering the backsliders, but the rule up til now has always been rarely.

  17. Just Some Random Guy

    @ paulie

    I think Nader is more relevant than those others for reasons explained earlier. We’ve never had a hard rule against ever covering the backsliders, but the rule up til now has always been rarely.

    Fair enough. But it does seem like we’re getting an awfully lot of these types of articles from people who aren’t really affiliated with a third party anymore. They’re just independent pundits who, at some point in the past, ran for office under a third party. Nader is definitely the most relevant of them, but even he seems to be stretching it a bit.

  18. William Saturn Post author

    “They’re just independent pundits”

    What is the first word in the name of this site?

    Would you rather this site solely post press releases from the Libertarian and Green parties and/or focus entirely on the inner workings of the Libertarian Party?

  19. paulie

    They aren’t even independent. Baldwin and paul ran for office most recently as republicans. Buchanan was back in the republican party after his 2000 run, which he called a mistake and remains there now as far as I know. There are plenty of other things you could post including media coverage, interviews, polls, stuff from even smaller parties, stuff from candidates, ballot access news, stuff from state and local parties, opinion pieces from party activists…no one has said it has to be all L.P. Or gp releases and L.P. Internals.

  20. Wolfefan

    Oh, we see regular posts from William on anything that allows him to mention Joe Wendt and Billy Roper together.

  21. William Saturn Post author

    Not only was Pat Buchanan a consequential Reform Party presidential nominee, he is the leader of the paleoconservative movement that led to creation of the Constitution Party, America First Party as well as others. He is a highly influential, independent voice in those circles. Similarly, Ron Paul is an independent, intellectual leader of the libertarian movement. Ralph Nader is an independent, intellectual leader of the progressive movement. These articles demonstrate the formation of political thought.

    I guess the drama-filled soap operas on the libertarian national committee email list are more relevant.

  22. dL

    Fair enough. But it does seem like we’re getting an awfully lot of these types of articles from people who aren’t really affiliated with a third party anymore.

    In light of current events, I think it is relevant that a former LP VP nominee is organizing–or at least trying to organize–public police pride events. This is different than ,say, what Root thinks about BLM or the coronavirus. The chance of a public event spectacle is what makes it newsworthy.

  23. paulie

    We don’t really cover the paleoconservative movement, the libertarian movement or the progressive movement as such, we cover parties and independent candidates that affiliate with those movements and others. While Paul and Buchanan have played some past role in those parties, it was briefly and a long time ago, and both have more recent and long standing involvement in the Republican Party. Baldwin, for his part, also was in an alt party only briefly and ran as a Republican more recently.

    My standard in how often I cover someone like that is what proportion of the overall coverage this individual gets is about their independent/alt party run(s). In the cases of most current coverage/discussion of Paul, Buchanan, Baldwin and their writings on other sites, only a tiny portion of it centers around their brief past departures from the duopoly. Maybe more in Baldwin’s case, but then he’s a much less notable person overall and not nearly so central to the development of any kind of movement such as paleoconservative or libertarian.

  24. William Saturn Post author

    I already explained that the paleoconservative movement led to the creation of the Constitution Party and other parties but you just ignored that part.

  25. paulie

    In light of current events, I think it is relevant that a former LP VP nominee is organizing–or at least trying to organize–public police pride events. This is different than ,say, what Root thinks about BLM or the coronavirus. The chance of a public event spectacle is what makes it newsworthy.

    Agreed. And I’m not against the occasional articles, as I said. But I do think it’s massive overkill to run Buchanan, Paul and Baldwin articles on a near daily basis whose only alt party connection is their 2000, 1988 and 2008 runs respectively.

  26. paulie

    I already explained that the paleoconservative movement led to the creation of the Constitution Party and other parties but you just ignored that part.

    I did not. But the tangentialness of the connection means IMO the coverage should be less frequent. The Constitution Party itself has current candidates, opinionators, etc. If you want to cover their POV it would be better to run with those than with a lifelong and current Republican who ran outside the duopoly once and contributes to the intellectual development of a larger transpartisan ideological movement which forms the basis of one or more alt parties.

  27. paulie

    They weren’t being posted on a near daily basis.

    It seems like they have been recently. I may be exaggerating, but not by a whole lot.

  28. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    While Paul last ran on the LP ticket in 1988, he was also an independent candidate as recently as 2008 and 2012. He appeared on several state ballots in the general election, either as a write-in candidate or on some party’s ticket. I think the Montana CP had him on their ticket. And he was a write-in candidate in California. Other states too, I think.

  29. William Saturn Post author

    He was also on the ballot in 2008 as the presidential nominee of the Louisiana Taxpayers Party. Trent Hill was involved in that but is embarrassed about his role for some reason. He recently killed a story I was doing looking back at it.

  30. paulie

    Ok, that’s a fair point. Ron Paul does sometimes endorse nonduopoly candidates, etc. Buchanan and Baldwin as far as I know only ventured off the nsgop reservation one time each. Buchanan described that later as a mistake. Likewise Barr, root and weld were all back in the republican party by the following presidential election.

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