1000’s of American-flag-waving Trump supporters descended upon Newport Seashore on Sunday in anticipation of the president’s arrival for a fundraiser to bolster his reelection bid on Nov. three.
Crimson MAGA hats had been ubiquitous within the crowd and masks had been scant. The sound of nation music mingled with shouts of “4 extra years!”
In the meantime, a whole bunch of Armenian Individuals joined the demonstration, in a present of solidarity with Armenia in its battle with neighboring Azerbaijan over a small separatist area on the border of the previous Soviet republics. They demanded that Trump take motion in opposition to Turkey, which has expressed assist for Azerbaijan.
“Armenia wants Trump!” a protester, his shoulders draped within the orange, crimson and blue Armenian flag, yelled right into a megaphone. “Save Christian Armenia!” Lots of the Armenian American demonstrators had been additionally Trump supporters.
Melimeh Soukiasian, 36, of Los Angeles stated she wasn’t certain but who she’ll solid a vote for in November, however stated she would assist Trump if he spoke out in opposition to Turkey’s actions.
“Our U.S. tax are funding the weapons which can be getting used to focus on civilians and hospitals, sacred church buildings in Armenia,” she stated.
Trump is in Orange County to lift cash for his cash-strapped marketing campaign whilst he’s operating behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in polls.
“Everybody assumes he’s going to go to battleground states. Nobody actually thinks about how Orange County, California, is an ATM machine,” stated Jon Fleischman, a former state GOP official. “So persons are fairly excited. This can be a high-stakes election.”
Orange County, a longtime conservative citadel that nurtured Ronald Reagan’s conservatism, voted Democratic in the 2016 presidential election for the primary time for the reason that Nice Melancholy. Final yr, the variety of registered Democrats outpaced the variety of registered Republicans. However the county stays residence to a cadre of deep-pocketed GOP donors.
Tickets to the Newport Seashore fundraiser — which is able to function a reside efficiency by the Beach Boys — begin at $2,800 per individual, as much as $150,000 per couple for co-chair standing. Trump will seem alongside Richard Grenell, his former ambassador to Germany and former performing director of nationwide intelligence, at a lunchtime roundtable and reception.
“I need to see his vitality. I simply need to see him,” stated Tina Zubia, 60. The Azusa resident and psychic medium who used to seem on the Rick Dees radio present deliberate to attend the fundraiser together with her sister Stephanie Urbach, who lives down the street from the Lido Isle mansion the place Trump will seem. “I really feel like he actually has our greatest pursuits as coronary heart. He’s creating jobs in America, and placing us as Individuals first. And he doesn’t take something from anyone.”
Urbach, 55, added, “He does what he says.”
Not each Lido Isle resident was on board. Tisha, Urbach’s neighbor who didn’t need her final identify publicized, put up flags for the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in her entrance yard on Friday — uncommon among the many Trump flags and garden indicators at lots of the group’s properties.
The fundraiser will happen on the residence of Palmer Luckey, a 28-year-old tech mogul who’s believed to be the inspiration for the Keenan Feldspar character on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”
The Lengthy Seashore native offered his digital actuality firm to Fb for $three billion on the age of 21 and remained an government on the firm. He later claimed to have been pressured out due to his conservative views; Fb executives have denied that his politics performed a task of their resolution to half methods with Luckey. He’s at the moment engaged on a protection start-up whose initiatives embrace utilizing technology to detect immigrants crossing illegally over the border.
Luckey is amongst California’s top GOP donors. He has contributed $2.5 million to GOP candidates and causes between June 2017 and Sept. 30, in response to fundraising disclosures filed with the Federal Election Fee. His prime donations included $450,000 to Take Again the Home 2020, $400,000 to Trump Victory and $392,900 to the Republican Nationwide Committee.
Luckey’s mansion overlooks Newport Bay and sits on the tip of the artifical island that’s residence to about 800 residences and related to Newport Seashore by a two-lane bridge.
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