Fans of conservative speaker find new venue for appearance

January 17, 2020 GMT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Maine supporters of Michelle Malkin said Friday they had located a new venue for the conservative speaker’s appearance after three sites canceled.

Malkin is an author, blogger and former FOX News contributor who has rallied against foes she calls “Beltway crapweasels,” “foreign menaces” and “vaccine bullies” in her writings.

She had agreed to speak on Friday at the Martindale Country Club in Auburn at the invitation of a University of Maine Republican group. But Matt Leonard, an Auburn Republican working as a liaison between event organizers and venues, said Martindale canceled on Friday morning, the Sun Journal reported. The cancellation came after “angry messages and Facebook posts,” Leonard said.

Adrienne Bennett, a Republican candidate for Congress in Maine, said later Friday that the event was now scheduled for the Community Room at Sabattus Town Hall.

The college group originally scheduled Malkin to speak at Portland Sheraton at Sable Oaks in South Portland, but that venue opted not to host. The event was then moved to the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston, but the Franco Center also canceled on Thursday night.