OK, you are NOT going to believe this…
Actually, you will. But before going any further, let me warn you that, as the great American philosopher Larry the Cable Guy put it, I’m madder than Jesse Jackson at the airport being asked to pick up the white courtesy phone.
As such, strong – occasionally even profane – language ahead. Ye be warned.
It all started when we announced that we’d invited Sheriff Joe Arpaio to come to the 2017 Conservative Leadership Conference at the Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas next weekend, accept our “Courage under Fire” award, and deliver the awards dinner’s keynote address.
Upon learning of this, the alt-left literally lost it’s sh*t.
The Arpaio hate spewed forth on social media, led by the likes of Democrat Congressman Dina Titus who belched out her opinion on Twitter that Arpaio should be in jail, not Las Vegas. And others began doing the only thing these deranged people know how to do: organize a protest.
So instead of holding the dinner off-premises at the golf club up the street as originally planned, we decided it would be better, simpler, easier and safer (though costlier) to just hold the dinner in the Tropicana’s GORGEOUS Havana Ballroom so our attendees wouldn’t have to worry about navigating a hostile picket line of crazed, potentially violent alt-left thugs and goons.
Problem solved, right? Wrong.
Alt-left Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani decided to throw some kerosene on the protest embers by posting the following on her Facebook page…
“Shamefully, On Mexican Independence Day Sept 16, Joe Arpaio has been selected to get a Courage Under Fire Award from the Conservative Leadership Conference! A protest is being organized at 5:30, SE corner of Tropicana & LVBLVD.”
That would be in front of the Tropicana Resort for those not familiar with the Strip.
Well, that apparently got the attention of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. And Metro officials met with the security folks at the Tropicana yesterday afternoon and expressed deep concern about the anti-Arpaio protest, which they believe could number around 300-400 kooks (my description, not theirs).
Between the hatred for Sheriff Joe, the fact that it’s Mexican Independence Day, President Donald Trump’s DACA decision earlier this week, and a mega-fight featuring a Mexican boxer that night up the street at the T-Mobile Arena, Metro was worried that a “perfect storm” existed that could potentially result in violence on the picket line.
As such, Metro informed the Trop’s security folks of some very extreme safety and security measures they felt would be necessary. When I heard what they planned, my jaw dropped. You wouldn’t believe it. But it wouldn’t be right for me to disclose those measures so that the alt-left thugs know about them.
Suffice it to say our private dinner in a private venue with people who want only to exercise their rights of free speech and free assembly without the danger of violence got elevated to a Category 5 problem for an awful lot of innocent parties.
So after getting that call at 5:30 pm last night, I decided that we will NOT be holding the awards dinner featuring Sheriff Arpaio at the Tropicana after all.
But let me make this PERFECTLY CLEAR…
This decision was NOT made by the folks at the Tropicana. They never even remotely suggested, let alone ask, that we cancel the dinner.
They simply wanted me to be aware of Metro’s concerns and notify me that the hotel would have to take additional security measures themselves…which would cost them and/or us a sh*tload of money.
The Tropicana folks have been absolute gems to work with. They have bent over backwards to make our conference a big success even though they don’t necessarily agree with some of the opinions of some of our speakers. They have been friendly, generous, helpful, understanding…I mean, I couldn’t ask for anything more.
So what kind of friend would I be if I returned their generosity by putting them in a position that holds out so much potential for a violent incident that could hurt them financially and hurt their reputation?
That simply wouldn’t be fair to them.
In addition, I don’t want to put Metro officers in harm’s way unnecessarily. Nor do I want to risk the Las Vegas Strip getting a black eye if these violent, deranged alt-left goons do what they’ve already been doing around the country at other protests.
No. Being forced to cancel our dinner at the Trop is not the fault of the hotel or Metro.
The fault lies solely with the a**holes who hate free speech in America and are willing to destroy property and physically assault people they disagree with, and the elected Democrats who harbor, enable, excuse and egg on these para-military thugs.
To be honest, as I sit here this morning, I don’t know what we’re going to do.
I hate to let these bastards win.
But with just one week to go, I don’t know if we can even find a new venue to hold the awards dinner under the circumstances. Alternative off-Strip venues that might be safe and secure probably already have their facility booked with other events.
But I’m committed to finding a way…even if it means renting some tents and holding a BBQ in my own backyard!
So don’t give up yet. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I’ll let you know as soon as we find it.
In the meantime, what a sad indictment of the absolutely shameful state of the liberal left in this country. How embarrassing.
CLC ’17 Host
Nevada’s #1 Irritator of Liberals and RINO’s
P.S. In addition to the problem with our Sheriff Joe dinner, we’ve also caught two individuals we suspect are associated with one of George Soros’ many alt-left organizations in Washington trying to register for the conference itself, surely with the intent of disrupting it somehow.
We’ve notified these individuals that they are not welcome and have refunded their registration fee. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t successfully registered some infiltrators who we didn’t catch. As such, additional security measures for the main conference are being put in place as we speak.
P.P.S. Before someone in Nevada’s “fake news” community (hello, Jon Ralston!) falsely reports on it, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt will not be speaking at CLC ’17 as scheduled. But the reason has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Sheriff Joe brouhaha.
As you probably know, Vice President Mike Pence had to cancel his appearance at Laxalt’s annual “Basque Fry” event up in Gardnerville two weeks ago because of Hurricane Harvey.
And to make up for it, the Veep will be in Southern California next week and has offered to do a fundraiser for Adam with some major major-donors on the same day he was scheduled to speak at our conference.
Adam called me about this unexpected offer a few days ago, well before this Sheriff Joe thing blew up. And the conversation went pretty much something like this…
Adam: “Chuck, I already committed to your conference and if this poses any problem for you I will decline the vice president’s offer.”
Me: “Are you nuts?”
We’ll do another event with the Attorney General some other time.