Honolulu Republican Party urged to move fundraiser away from military base

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Just days before there were plans to hold a fundraiser at the Schofield base on Saturday, the Honolulu County Republican Party was asked to move the event out of the military installation.

Party chairman Brett Kulbis said the plan was to hold fundraising at the new 604 restaurant at the US Army facility. It was advertised on the party’s website and in local party circles.

But Kulbis said on Wednesday that the restaurant chain had been told by the base commander that political events could not take place there. The event will still take place, but Kulbis declined to reveal the new location.

On January 8, 2022, Honolulu County Republican Party fundraiser with Scott Presler. oahugop.com

The fundraiser will feature guest Scott Presler, a Republican Party activist from the Mainland.

Presler’s Facebook page describes him as “an Eagle Scout, who received the Ronald Reagan Award at CPAC in 2021”. CPAC stands for Conservative Political Action Conference.

A video posted to the page by Presler on Thursday afternoon indicated that he would appear in Hilo that evening to discuss voter registration, candidacy and “election integrity.”

He also wore a t-shirt with “Haele Pu Brandon” written on it, which he claimed to be Hawaiian for “Let’s go, Brandon”. The English phrase is widely known as a code for an insult to President Joe Biden.

Presler has a recent and turbulent past. An August 24 article in the Times Union in Albany, New York, described Presler as “a prominent former strategist for an anti-Muslim group.”

The Northern Conservative Coalition, which sponsored one of Presler’s headliners, was forced to find a new venue after receiving “nasty threats and messages.”

Presler also attended rallies on January 6 at the United States Capitol and touted on Twitter that “January 6, 2021” is going to be a watershed moment in American history, “The Times Union reported on August 25.

Presler’s events do not appear to be isolated. In February 2021, the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on CPAC organizers “to drop anti-Muslim speaker Scott Presler.”

Presler was active in politics during the Trump presidency. The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2017 identified Presler as “the principal activist strategist for the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America.”

And that same year, NPR identified him as the national coordinator of a national march against Sharia law.

“ACT for America organizers say adherence to Sharia law among Muslims leads to abuse against women, from discrimination to honor killings,” NPR reported.

Pressler did not respond to a request for comment on Facebook.

Kulbis declined to comment on the information. He said Presler was invited “to help energize our Republican base.”

Money raised from the event will be used to support the party’s two constituency election meetings this year due to the redistribution.

Screenshot of Scott Presler's Facebook page on January 6, 2022.
A screenshot of Scott Presler’s Facebook page on Thursday.

The Defense Ministry said that “political candidates and other elected or appointed officials” may access DOD facilities and facilities to carry out official activities or various other activities “, but” they are NOT permitted to participate in events. election campaigns or activities “, including fundraising.

Hawaii law does not specifically prohibit holding political fundraisers on government property if “facility use rules do not prohibit political activity on the premises.”

Civil Beat was unable to contact public affairs and media relations at Schofield for comment.

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