Yesterday Donald Trump made a rare visit to the Golden State to try to garner support for his controversial border wall with Mexico. While there Trump took time out to attend a fundraiser at a Beverly Hills home, and it was a total bust.
In fact, so few people wanted to meet the president that he was humiliated and completely embarrassed.
According to a new report from the Daily Beast, tickets for the event at the home of health-care executive and GOP donor Lee Samson started at $15,000 and went as high as $150,000, but very few took advantage of the opportunity to shake hands with Trump.
What’s worse (from the Southern California perspective) is that there were no celebrities in attendance. This was confirmed by a rabbi who attended the event, as well as by the valets who worked the flop fundraiser.
For Donald Trump, being in Beverly Hills and shunned by Hollywood celebrities was a massive blow to his ego. He loves rubbing shoulders with famous people, even if they are they type of C-list people who performed at his Republican National Convention in 2016 and who he gets to perform at the White House.
According to the Daily Beast, the goal of the meet and greet was to raise $5 million for the Republican Party but they came up way short due to so few people bothering to interrupt their Friday night plans to come see the President of the United States.
Event organizers had estimated that 90 donors would be in attendance, but did not disclose the invite list. Based on information obtained from multiple sources, it appears that attendance at the event was less than half of what was expected.
“The event, whose location was leaked to TMZ, drew a tiny crowd, with four flag-clad supporters in MAGA hats, and 10 protesters holding a banner that read ‘TRUMP AND PENCE MUST GO.’ More than one passing driver blared YG and Nipsey Hussle’s ‘F*ck Donald Trump’,” the Daily Beast reported.
One interesting piece of information leaked about the fundraiser said that during his remarks, Trump made an attempt at humor. He reportedly told the crowd that he expects to win California’s 55 electoral votes in the 2020 election. That comment, along with the man who made it, is a total joke.
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