The Warren County Republican Party has canceled a Trump Train event because of alleged threats apparently made against the train company.
On Oct. 5, the party was offering three rides, 300 passengers per ride, for $15 to $30 a ticket, on trains operated by the Lebanon, Mason and Monroe Railroad.
“The Warren County Republican Party understands that these event participants are acting in the interest of protecting their operations, employees, and customers. However, without their participation, the event cannot be held,” said a Facebook post by the Republican Women of Warren County on Tuesday.
The post, identical to one issued by the Warren County Republican Party, referred questions to party chairman Jeff Monroe, who declined to comment on the target of the threats or about what they involved.
“We just felt like it was going to be best and just cancel the event. We’ll start over with something else,” he said in a phone interview.
Monroe also issued a written statement, indicating a large turnout was expected.
“It’s a shame that politics has gotten to the point where people believe it’s OK to harass businesses because of their customers’ political viewpoints,” he said in the statement.
Warren County Auditor Matt Nolan said he understood the threats were for an economic boycott of the train company.
Bethe Goldenfield, chairman of the Warren County Democratic Party, said she was investigating whether the train company, a 501c3, could hold such an event. However, she said she hadn’t contacted them yet and didn’t know the source of the threats.
“I think you have to be very careful about any political affiliation,” she said.
The train company could not be reached.
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