Trump wants to overthrow Alabama GOP governor Ivey over rally cancellation
A vindictive Donald Trump wants to oust Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (right) because a July rally he wanted to hold at a memorial park in his state was called off, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Trump reportedly contacted a former ambassador for his administration, Lynda Blanchard, and promised her approval if she dropped her candidacy for the US Senate and ran against Ivey instead.
The former president was planning to hold a rally at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Ala. On July 3, but his permit was refused shortly before.
After officials learned that Trump would be the keynote speaker for the rally, they informed organizers that it violated the ban on partisan events in the park.
“It became clear that this was going to be a partisan political event, rather than just a patriotic event scheduled for that night,” Parks Commission Chairman Bill Tunnell said at the time.
Park commissioners are appointed by the governor, but an aide to Ivey told the Journal the governor had nothing to do with the decision.
About half of the 16 Republican governors running for re-election next year face major challenges from opponents backed or inspired by Trump, the Journal noted.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.