‘Trumpstock’ event loses two GOP elected officials, but gains one




    Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    Two elected officials who were listed by organizers of the Trumpstock rally featuring QAnon theorists, musicians and elected Republican officials have told Arizona Mirror they won’t attend. 

    Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson, who was listed as an event speaker on the Trumpstock website, told the Mirror he will not attend.

    And Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster was listed as a speaker, but after the Mirror published at story Sept. 23 noting that event organizer Laurie Bezick included his name on the Trumpstock website as an attendee, a representative from Schuster’s office said he had never agreed to attend the event.

    “Sheriff Schuster has met with Ms. Bezick on other issues and this event was mentioned, however Schuster is not associated with the event,” Micaela Carlson, administrative assistant for Schuster, said. 

    Schuster has since been removed from Trumpstock’s website. 

    But another elected official was recently added. State Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, has been added as a speaker. Multiple attempts to reach the Arizona legislator to confirm her attendance were unsuccessful. 

    Attempts to reach U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, who is also listed as a speaker, were unsuccessful. 

    It also appears the event is running into some snags. Bezick recently took to Facebook to ask for 15 RVs for VIPs for the event, which is set to take place in a little more than a week. 

    Trumpstock RVs FB post

    The event also includes speakers such as former revenge pornographer turned Arizona Senate hopeful Craig Brittian and right-wing extremist and leader of AZ Patriots, Jennifer Harrison

    Bezick told the Mirror previously that the event is meant to bring people together to celebrate President Donald Trump and that people from all walks of life are welcome. Bezick said she hopes that Democrats apply to speak, as well.

    “You have to be able to hear from the opposition, too,” Bezick said.

    The event will be Oct. 4-6 at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. Tickets cost between $50 and $125. 

    The event’s website states that a portion of proceeds will go to first responders and veterans. Bezick said she is working with Lake Havasu-based non-profit Veterans United Arizona. It is unclear how much of the proceeds will go to the organization.

    Jerod MacDonald-Evoy
    Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

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