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New Zealand Music Festival Evacuated After Someone Thought They Saw ‘Right Wing Tattoo’

A music festival in New Zealand was evacuated after one attendee thought they saw a “right wing tattoo.”

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New Zealand Evacuates Concert Right Wing Tattoo

A New Zealand music festival was evacuated over the weekend after a concert goer spotted a fellow attendee sporting what they thought was a “right wing tattoo.”

New Zealand’s Homegrown Festival was evacuated over the weekend amid the current hysteria after a concert goer was spotted with what was assumed to be a “right wing tattoo.”

It was later established by police, who questioned the concertgoer with the allegedly offensive tattoo, that it was in fact a tribal design, likely meant to honor New Zealand’s native Maori population. Police called it an “innocent misunderstanding” and allowed attendees to reenter after he was questioned.

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Nearly 5,000 concert goers were evacuated because of the body art.

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Police chose to evacuate the entire festival because the individual with the allegedly right wing tattoo was not easily singled out from the crowd after the report was made. The report apparently came in as music groups were trading places on stage, meaning some of those attending the concert were leaving as others were arriving.

[Police Statement]Festival attendees are now able to re-enter the Waitangi Park area of the Homegrown festival after…

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While police and the venue have posted statements declaring there was no threat to the safety of concertgoers, they also have yet to explain why a “right wing tattoo” would be a reason to evacuate 5,000 people from a public space.

Big League Politics contacted the event organizers to ask what would have happened to the attendee if he had been sporting “right wing” body art, and whether they inspect the tattoos of all of their attendees.

In response, the event organizers replied that they had no intention of removing the person with possibly offending body art, or to inspect the body art of its attendees, but said that “there were numerous factors involved and unfortunately due to recent events security was hyper vigilant,” adding, “It was an innocent misunderstanding, human error. We are very sorry to all for any inconvenience.”

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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