Wes Nakagiri, Livingston County Commissioner and uber Trump supporter — canceled his March 4, 2020, fundraiser at Dunham Hills Golf Club after the venue allegedly told him he couldn’t use a “not-politically-correct-dunk-tank” because it “promoted violence and bullying.” The dunk tank in question — which Nakagiri calls the “Keep America Great Dunk Tank,” and around which he built this event — would allow participants to toss snowballs at a large picture of Mitt Romney. If the snowball hit Romney on the nose, it would cause a toilet to flush onto a cutout of Nancy Pelosi, allowing people to “P – – S” on her.
The dunk tank is a way for Nakagiri’s guests to “express disapproval of Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote to impeach President Trump, while simultaneously expressing disapproval of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s shredding of the State of the Union Address.”
“The events manager (at Dunham Hills) viewed the dunk tank as promoting violence or bullying,” Nakagiri posted.
“A similar point of view was expressed by the chairwoman of the Livingston County Democrat Party during the county commissioner meeting on Monday, Feb. 24.”
According to Nakagiri, Dunham Hills said he could hold his fundraiser, but he couldn’t use the dunk tank.
Instead, Nakagiri cancelled the event, and turned the cancellation into its own fund-raiser.
“I will not knuckle under to political correctness,” he posted, asking for support of his effort to “Stop Political Correctness,” by asking for $5 and $10 donations.
Judy Daubenmier, chairperson of the Livingston County Democrats, said that while she expressed her disapproval of the dunk tank at the public commission meeting, she did not make a complaint to Dunham Hills.
“Any suggestion that we should use violence against our political opponents – even simulated violence – is un-American and a threat to the peaceful conduct of elections that we cherish. The same is true of any attempt to dehumanize our opponents by suggesting we dump urine or feces on them,” Daubenmier said. “Republicans can sneer at this as ‘political correctness,’ but I call it simply being polite and decent to fellow Americans with whom we may disagree politically.
“I condemn all acts of political violence or simulated political violence by members of any political party, including my own. I will do everything I can to discourage it among Democratic candidates here in Livingston County and I hope Republicans will, too. We’re better than that.”
While we can’t be sure how many tickets were actually sold for the event, if we’re reading Facebook correctly (and how can anyone ever be sure of that?), only 39 people indicated interest in it.
Nakagiri began serving on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 1, 2019. Since then, Nakagiri has led the charge against insurance coverage for abortion services for the county’s non-union employees; supported making Livingston County a Second Amendment Sanctuary Community; and supported video-taping commission meetings.
Nakagiri— who represents the 3rd District on the county board, which includes all of Tyrone Township and most of Hartland Township — is also known for dressing up as Hillary Clinton in handcuffs at Trump events.
Nakagiri promises to reschedule the event. And when that happens, he promises to also “double down” on the theme.
“In addition to the cardboard cutout of Pelosi tearing up the State of the Union address, I will make an additional cardboard cutout to sit under the toilet,” Nakagiri posted. “Perhaps James Comey, or Hillary, or Bernie?”