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Bannon event planned for Roycroft called off


Fri, Oct 19th 2018 06:50 pm
After what he called "unending attacks and threats of violence and property destruction," Assemblyman David DiPietro on Friday morning called off a planned event at the Roycroft Inn. He was to welcome former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
"I grew up in the shadow of the Roycroft Campus; its legacy is woven into the fabric of my family," DiPietro said. "After threats against the property from as far away as Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, California, I decided this morning that I am unwilling to put this national cultural icon at risk."
In light of the bombardment of the Roycroft Inn and the DiPietro campaign, the property managers required the campaign to provide additional safety assurances, including 30 uniformed officers, a $5 million premises insurance policy and business interruption insurance.
DiPietro's press release stated, "The stark realization that the threat from radical leftist activists who have a record of violence and property destruction was real made the Assemblyman's decision a foregone conclusion."
"The good people at the Roycroft Inn are deeply concerned. This morning I realized nowhere is safe in today's political climate - even my historic hometown," DiPietro said. "As a boy, my family celebrated many milestones at the Roycroft. As mayor of East Aurora, I helped the Roycroft with too many projects to recite. The vision of this beloved building in flames, swarmed by masked rioters, was too much."
"When Democrat name-calling and finger pointing translates into threats and violence and chaos, it's time to walk away," DiPietro said. "The Roycroft was here long before these mobs and it must remain long after they end in the dustbin of history."
A long-planned DiPietro fundraiser at the Roycroft on Thursday, Oct. 25, will be held as scheduled. There will be no featured guests at this event. 

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