A vengeful Donald Trump wants to oust Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) from office because a July meeting he wanted to hold in a memorial park in her state was canceled, It writes the Wall Street Journal.
Trump has reportedly approached a former ambassador to his administration, Lynda Blanchard, and promised her his support if she drops his bid on the U.S. Senate and instead runs against Ivey.
The former president planned to hold a convention USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, on July 3, but its permission was shortly before denied.
When officials were told that Trump would be the keynote speaker at the demonstration, they informed the organizers that it violated a ban on partisan events in the park.
“It became clear that it would be a party-political event, rather than just a patriotic event planned for that evening,” Park Commission President Bill Tunnell said at the time.
Park commissioners are appointed by the governor, but an Ivey assistant told the Journal that the governor had nothing to do with the decision.
About half of the 16 Republican governors up for re-election next year face primary challenges from opponents approved or inspired by Trump, the Journal noted.