I-Team: Las Vegas QAnon conference finds new home with major Trump supporter

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Caesars canceled conference in Sept.

A QAnon conference originally scheduled to be held at a convention space near the Caesars Forum Shops has found a new home up the road, the I-Team confirmed Tuesday. (KLAS)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A QAnon conference originally scheduled to be held at a convention space near the Caesars Forum Shops has found a new home up the road, the I-Team confirmed Tuesday.

The Patriot Double Down event is now scheduled to be held at the Ahern Hotel from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25. The hotel is located on Sahara Avenue just off the Las Vegas Strip. Prices to attend range from $650 for general admission to $3,000 for a VIP pass.

Earlier this month, Caesars Entertainment pulled the plug on the planned meeting, though no explanation was provided.

According to an email sent to attendees, conference leaders have bought out all of the hotel’s 203 rooms.

Speakers of the original event included former national security advisor Michael Flynn, though his name no longer appears on the Patriot Double Down website.

Don Ahern, the owner of Xtreme Manufacturing and the Ahern Hotel, is the Nevada Republican Party’s finance chairman and a major supporter of the former president. His Henderson business hosted a rally for the former president’s reelection campaign last September, violating COVID-19 directives.

Last year, the Ahern Hotel hosted an Evangelicals for Trump event, which led the City of Las Vegas to issue it a citation. The hotel was also issued a civil penalty. This past August, the hotel lost a court challenge of occupancy limits.

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory that believes Trump will expose a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and declare martial law. Its followers have falsely claimed Trump will be reinstated as president.

8 News Now spoke with visitors and residents living near the hotel to get their reaction to the upcoming event. Many had mixed reactions to the announcement.

“I think they’re dangerous people,” said Heather Focht. “Cancel them. Don’t allow it to come into Vegas. We don’t need that here.”

Focht said she was upset a QAnon conference would take place next month at the hotel just south of where she lives.

“Everybody’s entitled to their own situation and as long as they don’t bother other people,” Paul Allen, a visitor in Las Vegas, said.

Several attempts to contact the Ahern Hotel about the upcoming event went unanswered.

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