Donald Trump in Cincinnati Wednesday for a fundraiser


Donald Trump is in Cincinnati today for a fundraiser. Follow live updates about his visit.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. The weathered tombstones and white brick chapel of Armstrong Chapel Methodist Cemetery in Indian Hill provided a gathering spot for a couple dozen people hoping to catch a glimpse of Trump’s motorcade.

The chapel is a half-mile from the mansion where the fundraiser took place.

They left disappointed as Trump took another route about a block away.

Several wouldn’t talk to the press or didn’t want to talk about their opinion of Trump. Suzanne Muller, an Indian Hill resident, said she found out on Tuesday Trump was coming and decided to get as close as she could. She wouldn’t say whether she’s voting for Trump.

Muller said she likes Trump’s tough stance on immigration. The security at the Mexican border was the top issue for the Trump supporters in Indian Hill who talked to The Enquirer.

“I want illegal aliens to not infiltrate our society and be on our tax rolls, that we have to pay for all those people coming into our system,” said Elizabeth Bieser of Indian Hill.  She lives a few blocks from where the fundraiser happened.

She said she’s voted for Trump but said she’s undecided this year because she wants to see how his legal issues are resolved.

“I just don’t want Biden again,” Bieser said. “He’s inefficient and doesn’t get things done.” 

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. NBC News Senior Political Reporter Henry Gomez reports that these are some of the people at the fundraiser:

“Some notable names at the JD Vance-organized fundraiser for Trump in Cincinnati, per a source familiar: The Lindner family, Nate Morris, Jane Timken, Robert Heidt, Chris Bortz, Bob Paduchik, Tony Maas, Carlene and Bob Robinson.”

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. Not everyone was thrilled about Trump’s visit.

UPDATE 1:40 p.m. Trump has landed at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and is en route to the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill for a fundraiser.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m. Greater Cincinnati Republicans say Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance would make a “strategic and compelling choice” to be Trump’s vice president.

In a statement about Trump’s visit, the Hamilton County Republican Party praised Vance’s background as a bestselling author, a venture capitalist and a U.S. Marine.

“His strong support for the former President’s policies and his ability to articulate the frustrations of many Americans who feel left behind by the political establishment make him a strong advocate and ally,” the group said in a statement.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. Local Democrats issued a statement noting that Trump and Vance only show up in Hamilton County “to collect checks from their multi-millionaire donors.” (Vance actually lives in Hamilton County, in Cincinnati’s East Walnut Hills neighborhood.)

“While Republicans are charging donors $50,000 a plate to pay off Donald Trump’s legal bills, Democrats in Hamilton County are focusing on re-electing good public servants on all levels of government,” said Hamilton County Democratic Chairwoman Gwen McFarlin. “From attending his trials to singing Trump’s praises on cable news, it’s clear that JD Vance is only working for Trump. Democrats are working for all of the people in Hamilton County – not just those who can afford to spend a year’s salary on a lunch.”

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. Peggy Gardner Johns, the great-granddaughter of Cintas founder Richard “Doc” Farmer, will host Trump and Vance at her Indian Hill estate this afternoon. According to this story from reporters Scott Wartman and Sharon Coolidge, Johns isn’t well known in political circles, but she’s donated to both candidates in the past.

One interesting tidbit from the story –  in 2005, she and her husband hosted Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, at the same home for a private reception. 

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: John Capannari, 60, of Hyde Park, came out to a honk and wave near the airport because he’s a big supporter of Trump’s “since the first he won, the second time he won and hopefully the third time.”

He carried a Trump 2024 “Take America Back” flag. “It’s good to show your support and let him know the average, everyday person supports him and disagrees with what’s happening in the court system.”

UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: Trump was expected to land at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport around lunchtime before heading to a fundraiser in Indian Hill, a wealthy Cincinnati suburb.

The invitation obtained by the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau describes it as a “lunch discussion” with Ohio Sen. J. D. Vance as a special guest. Attendees must contribute $50,000 each or $100,000 per couple, which will go toward the Trump 47 Committee, which is a joint fundraising committee that includes Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and several state GOP groups including Ohio’s.

After the lunch, Trump was expected to head to Lexington for a fundraising dinner.

Trump made the trip on an off day in the hush money trial where Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records to hide reimbursement payments to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for the money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

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