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LONG ISLAND, NY – On July 24th, a “Back the Blue” rally was set to take place in Long Island. The rally’s organizers had set up an event page on Facebook to inform people about the event. But the night before, Facebook, without any explanation, took down the page.
That was only the beginning of what would be a full-on war on the event.
According to Law Enforcement Today national spokesperson, Kyle Reyes, the event on Facebook had 6,300 people who had RVSP’d prior to it being removed from Facebook.
Antifa pages can stay up, but not pages that support police? Facebook shuts down page for largest ‘Back the Blue’ rally https://t.co/LwajkJIlTg
— Free Speech America (@FreeSpeechAmer) July 24, 2020
In an episode of Fox and Friends First, Reyes told correspondent Todd Piro:
“Now we know that Facebook has taken down the pages of other rallies and events over the last six months. We just didn’t expect it to happen with the Back the Blue event.”
During the interview, Reyes said that the event was expecting upwards of 10,000 people and it was going to be “one heck of a turn out.”
“We are doing this because somebody has to. You know there’s an old quote, ‘Evil triumphs when good men and women do nothing’ and we were sick and tired of good men and women doing nothing.”
What could be the nation’s largest ‘Back the Blue’ rally is expected to happen in New York this weekend. Meet the organizer who says it’s time to start marching with law enforcement too. https://t.co/JkedUbOHRd
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) July 24, 2020
During the interview, Reyes was asked if he was worried about counter-protesters at the Back the Blue rally.
He responded by saying:
“We’re not worried about counter-protesters because the reality of it is these men and women who are going to be at the event are used to dealing with it every single day in some way, shape, or form.”
“Whether it’s in their own neighborhoods, whether it’s people yelling at them driving down the road because they have a ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag on their car, or whether it’s on social media.
“We’re sort of used to it by now.”
— Jonathan T Gilliam (@JGilliam_SEAL) July 12, 2020
The rally was set to feature a range of celebrity speakers, such as Ted Nugent and Congressman Clay Higgins.
Reyes said proudly:
“We literally have people flying out from sea to shining sea at this point and we’re expecting upwards of ten thousand people.”
There is no excuse for shutting down a Facebook event supporting the police!
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) July 24, 2020
During the interview, Reyes said:
“We are expecting just a whole line of great speakers. We even have the Blue Knights coming to the event as well.”
Half way through the interview, Piro said that a recent poll shows that the majority of Americans oppose defunding the police.
The numbers show that 55% oppose, 43% of those STRONGLY oppose, and 45% support the defunding of police.
Reyes was then asked where he thinks poll numbers supporting or opposing “Defund the Police” will be a year from now. Reyes said:
“Todd, people are very, very loud right now and it’s difficult to trust the polls. I mean, as we saw in the 2016 election right. But, here is another number I want to hit you with:
“85% of people support law enforcement, 85% of Americans, and when you do the math on that, it translates to more than 280 million American supporting our law enforcement.”
The day before the event… things really went south.
You might have heard the rumors that rock and roll legend Ted Nugent and Congressman Clay Higgins bailed on the largest “back the blue” rally in America.
Let’s dive into what really happened.
Acclaimed keynote speaker Paul Butler and Law Enforcement Today’s National Spokesman Kyle Reyes were going to be the joint Masters of Ceremonies. As mentioned, we had rock and roll legend Ted Nugent flying in for the National Anthem – accompanied by Congressman Clay Higgins, the keynote speaker.
The event page being taken down by Facebook didn’t come as a huge surprise to us. After all, our National Spokesman is the same guy that just got a lifetime ban from LinkedIn last month for sharing an article about a guy who tried to kill two cops. We are sort of use to it.
But what happened here demonstrated just how legitimate the war on law enforcement is.
Congressman Clay Higgins and Ted Nugent were not allowed to attend the event… and that apparently comes directly from Governor Cuomo’s office, according to our sources in both law enforcement and the state.
Within hours of announcing that they’d be at the rally, Democrats throughout New York demanded the event be shut down. It was the typical liberal playbook – everyone that doesn’t tow the line is a racist, sexist, xenophobe, Islamaphobe, etc.
That didn’t work. Because the last we checked, it’s America. We have yet to see anyone shut down Al Sharpton from speaking at an event, or the self-proclaimed Marxists affiliated with Black Lives Matter.
So they tried a new approach. The state police detail ensuring the security of Congressman Higgins and Ted Nugent were told they weren’t allowed to offer protection.
Their careers were threatened. Then their families were threatened.
So we came up with a new plan. We had dozens of Blue Knights who were going to provide safe passage.
And that’s when the governor apparently pulled the ultimate “trump” card. We’re told he instructed the health department to ensure that upon landing in the state, Congressman Higgins and Ted Nugent would either be turned around and sent back… or forced into a mandatory 14 day quarantine.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, a politician facing ethical issues, took to social media on Thursday to call Nugent a racist. She quickly came under attack on social media.
On Friday night, in a desperate attempt to save face, she blamed the pandemic.
“After being reminded of New York State’s quarantine orders and Nassau County’s protest protocols, Ted Nugent will no longer be attending tomorrow’s march in Eisenhower Park. Congressman Clay Higgins is also being advised of New York State’s quarantine Executive Order.”
She went on to suggest it was about safety – despite precautions taken by event organizers to ensure proper social distancing.
“Nassau county will continue to protect our residents’ right to safe, peaceful protest as is guaranteed under the First Amendment of our Constitution. However, we won’t tolerate blatant violations of the Governor’s quarantine order for travelers from high-risk states.”
Funny – we have yet to see any enforcement of said orders at riots or Black Lives Matter protests.
In executing their move, the department essentially accomplished their ultimate goal of pitting pro-law groups against each other… when we should be fighting against those who seek to divide us.
Law Enforcement Today got in this fight and behind this rally – along with groups such as Brothers Before Others and Advocacy for LEOs – to show our love, support and appreciate for police officers. We will not be castrated by politicians looking to flex their muscles by destroying the heart and soul of law enforcement and supporters.
The media seemed delighted to report that Congressman Higgins and Ted Nugent had “backed out” of the event – which obviously wasn’t true.
And so we decided that if we couldn’t put them in front of a planned audience of a few thousand… then during the rally, we’d make sure their voices reached millions.
So to recap: here’s what was done to torpedo the planning efforts for the rally:
- Facebook took down the Back the Blue rally page after 6,300 RSVP’s
- Local Democratic legislators decried Nugent’s planned presence at the rally, claiming the usual fallbacks of his supposed racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism.
- They demanded that the Nassau County PBA:
“must disavow this vile man immediately, disinvite him from Saturday’s rally and apologize to Nassau County residents for their appalling lack of judgment.”
- State police were prohibited from providing protection to Congressman Higgins and Mr. Nugent. Troopers’ careers and families were threatened if they did not comply. No problem. The Blue Knights were available to offer their assistance.
- However, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, with the blessing of Governor Cuomo, then invoked the pandemic in keeping the honored guests away from the event. Claiming to be concerned about “safe, peaceful protest,” she threatened to quarantine the men on their arrival, or turn them back.
The coordinated efforts didn’t end there.
On the day of the physical Back the Blue event at Eisenhower Park, hundreds of attendee cars were turned away because Democrat officials put a cap on parking capacity.
Also, organizers were denied a permit to bring in the stage, so the loudspeakers had to be kept in a pickup truck.
Furthermore, we’re told that at the behest of Governor Cuomo, rally attendees were legally required to keep moving throughout the park because more than 50 people were in attendance.
Despite the restrictions and attempts at further limiting attendance and reach, a crowd of thousands still attended the rally.
So our teams took to social media, opening up our platform to host a virtual Back the Blue event during the rally – and allow Congressman Higgins and Ted Nugent to speak directly to the people.
LET National Spokesman Kyle Reyes was joined on the broadcasts by Rob O’Donnell and David Chianese on scene nearby Eisenhower Park. O’Donnell is a retired NYPD detective and Board Member for Brothers Before Others, and Chianese is a retired NYPD detective and founder of Advocacy for LEOs.
The gentlemen spoke of the obstructions encountered to rally hosts and shared inspirational messages about standing up for the blue, as well as a facts-and-figures reality check showing indisputably and overwhelmingly honorable police behavior in this country.
Chianese also pointed out the chilling implications that the obstruction of movement of an actual sitting congressman have for ordinary citizens, saying:
“Remember, [Higgins] is now the very first US Congressman to be denied access into the state of New York over the fact that he has a message that people don’t want to hear.
“And if they can suppress Congressman Higgins, think of how easy it is for the governor or the Nassau County executive legislator to shut down the speech of any and everyone in Nassau County and New York State.”
Our hosts then handed the live broadcast reins to Louisiana Congressman Higgins, the only active duty LEO on Capitol Hill.
Higgins spoke of how the Back the Blue rally was well planned, quite organized, and highly publicized both locally and nationally.
He described the event as:
“A beautiful event designed to deliver the message from our hearts, unscripted, of brotherly love and compassion and courage and the role of the Thin Blue Line, and the fact that we are threatened, yes, as brothers and sisters, but also as a nation, however that our strength is stronger and greater than anything that could oppose us.”
As keynote speaker, Higgins said he had intended to deliver a message of “brotherly love” inspired by the Lord and expanded upon with Biblical references.
He detailed the actions taken against himself and Nugent in mere days before the rally, recalling the disallowing of police protection and the “cabal” of politicians speaking lies against Higgins and Nugent by calling them both “racist.”
“So your local socialist politicians there, they decided that they didn’t want me to come…. They didn’t want Ted Nugent… to come play the National Anthem. They had a problem with the National Anthem.
“And they have a problem with a conservative Constitutionalist cop that now serves as a Congressman, coming into their socialist area that they consider their property instead of yours, and may I say that the great state of New York should belong to the people.”
“But [lies about racism are] all they got, you see. They can’t deal with the narrative of truth and compassion and love and Christian core principles and American patriotism. It doesn’t fit their narrative that cops are all bad….
“God is great. Despite the fact that your local politicians there, the socialists, and some bigger politicians got involved…. and took a knee to Antifa and other Marxists and socialists and other violent mobs.”
In a message directed at Governor Cuomo, Higgins stated:
“You crumbled out of fear from Antifa and others, bunch of hoodlums that threatened our country… You made up this story that there was a health threat. You know that’s a lie….”
The next LET live video featured a thank you to Congressman Higgins, a prayer, and an introduction of rocker Ted Nugent.
Conservative and patriot Nugent then appeared from Texas with a “weapon of mass construction,” his guitar, in his own live broadcast.
“I could not stand louder and prouder and more affirmative with the hero warriors of New York law enforcement and law enforcement around the country.”
Nugent pulled no punches addressing the Democratic legislators of New York.
“Hey, Governor Cuomo, kiss my free ass. You are a power-abusing, corrupt, deep-state punk whose ruling over the otherwise good families of New York, abusing your governor’s power every day, shame on you….
“We are heartbroken and we are pissed off, because we were going to have a great, pure positive celebration of law and order while the Democrat power abusers side with the anarchists and the mobs and the rioters. Literally protecting arsonists and murderers.”
After a stirring guitar performance of the National Anthem, Nugent also addressed the efforts of politicians to shut down his appearance at the Back the Blue rally, saying:
“Hey Governor Cuomo, hey deBlasio, hey all you liberal liars and haters that claim I’m a racist, that claim I’m an anti-Semite…. everybody knows I’m not a racist… The left, Marxists, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Democrats – they are liars, and they are drunk on hate. “
Reyes, O’Donnell, and Chianese then wrapped up with another live Facebook video with a recap of recent events and a call of support to the often silent majority who back the blue.
In his live broadcast, Congressman Higgins quoted Proverbs 28:
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”
“Hear me good, America, the Thin Blue Line stands bold as a lion…. we are courageous and we will not take a knee, not to a socialist, not to a Marxist, not to a career politician, nor to any force that threatens us from within.”
We at Law Enforcement Today will stand as lions as well. We will not back down.
If you suppress us, we will find a way to be louder.
We already have.
And we will do it again when the need arises.
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