The Elizabeth Dole Foundation fired funeral event planner Tim Unes ahead of former Republican Kansas Sen. Bob Dole’s funeral on Thursday.
Unes’s crime? He was subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 for exercising the sacred constitutional right of free assembly.
The firing didn’t come at the demands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however. Nor did it come from Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, one of two Pelosi-appointed Republicans to serve on the committee. Unes’s termination came at the behest of one of the highest elected Republicans in the country: Mitch McConnell.
“In a Congress still reeling from that day’s violence, representatives of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, raised the issue this week with a contact for the Dole family,” The New York Times reported, “who quickly agreed that Mr. Unes’s role in the event would be limited and that he would not be attending the ceremony in the Capitol.”
The founder and president of Event Strategies Inc., Unes was among the first subpoenaed by Pelosi’s partisan probe over his role as “stage manager” for the White House rally on the same day as the Capitol riot. Despite no connection to the congressional security breach which transpired before President Donald Trump had finished speaking on Jan. 6, Unes is among dozens whose private practice of peaceful protest has been declared criminal by the weaponized probe smearing political dissidents.
I don't know who needs to hear this other than, oh, I DON'T KNOW THE FREAKING TOP ELECTED REPUBLICAN IN THE COUNTRY, but people have a right to peaceably assemble and protest without being attacked by powerful politicians and having their lives destroyed with witch hunts.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 9, 2021
While subpoenaed, Unes has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Unes’s exercise in the First Amendment demonstration has now cost him the ability to honor the deceased legendary war hero with voluntary service at Dole’s funeral.
“This evening, I made Senator Elizabeth Dole aware of Mr. Unes’s alleged involvement in the events of Jan. 6, 2021,” Steve Schwab, the chief executive of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, told The New York Times on Wednesday. “Senator [Elizabeth] Dole was previously unaware of his participation and terminated his volunteer role.”
Bob Dole, who survived near-fatal wounds in the Italian campaign during World War II and went on to become Senate majority leader and the 1996 Republican nominee for president, died Sunday at the age of 98.