President Donald Trump has made liberal tongues wag in California this week, as his two-day span of campaign fundraising may take in as much as $15 million from Republicans in the Golden State, according to reports.
Elites in Hollywood pushed back last month when the president’s visits to California were first announced — with “Will and Grace” star Debra Messing, long an anti-Trumper, even suggesting that anyone attending the Trump fundraising events should be publicly “named and shamed.”
Messing said the names of all of Hollywood’s Trump supporters — those who would be attending his fundraisers — should be published.
But the president, of course, pushed on, beginning his California trip just one day after holding a raucous rally in New Mexico.
The state went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016; the Trump campaign is hoping to turn it Republican in the year ahead.
“Trump has been looking to find the next Wisconsin or Michigan — states that Democrats generally have won in presidential elections but that could surprise under certain conditions, as they did in 2016,” as Fox News noted.
“Also on the Trump team’s shortlist in the new strategy: Nevada, New Hampshire and Minnesota.”
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The president on Wednesday is spending part of the morning at a breakfast event in Los Angeles before heading to San Diego.
Street closures in downtown L.A. were anticipated through midday there, noted KABC.
Trump then heads to San Diego for another fundraiser — and to make a visit at the border wall.
Also, related to this: “The Republican National Committee (RNC) is expected to announce this week that it raised a record-setting $23.5 million in August and had $53.8 million cash on hand as of the end of that month — signaling growing GOP momentum heading into the 2020 elections,” as Fox News reported exclusively.
“It isn’t unusual for a committee to perform well when its party controls the White House. But, even accounting for that advantage, the RNC’s numbers were significant: The August fundraising total was the highest recorded in August during an off-cycle year by either the RNC or DNC, and the RNC has not had as much cash on hand since September 2016, just before Election Day.”
See these tweets — and share your thoughts.
At his Bay Area fundraiser, Trump told attendees he thinks California is "a beautiful state, but that the system was rigged — the elections were not done fairly — and that it made it very difficult” for him to win, RNC committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon says https://t.co/LZsLOWgtm6
— Casey Tolan (@caseytolan) September 17, 2019
Hi, @realDonaldTrump. Let me break it down in simple terms for you…
-Protects our air & health
-Is good for the economy
-Allows families to pay less at the pump
We’re here in the 21st century. Let us know when you decide to join us. https://t.co/gZzUjXeFxo
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 17, 2019
Don’t be fooled: plenty of #Trump support in California. Today: $8M raised in Bay Area and LA. SF Republican leader @pnjaban says she was deluged by requests to attend fundraiser in @PortolaValleyCA at home of Scott McNealy. Wednesday: $7M expected from 2 more fundraisers. pic.twitter.com/bNUKF81ppU
— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) September 18, 2019
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) September 17, 2019