Donald Trump arrives in Beverly Hills to rake in campaign cash – Daily News

Trump supporters Lisa Allyn, left, and Shiva Bagheri wait along Sunset Blvd. hoping to get a glimpse of Donald Trump as he heads to a fundraiser on Friday, June 7, 2024. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Donald Trump touched down in the city of angels on Friday, June 7, to attend a Beverly Hills campaign reception as part of a three-day fundraising swing through the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Orange County.

This was his first fundraising tour after being convicted of 34 felonies in New York, a verdict that has riled up Republicans and led to a historic surge in campaign contributions. Now he hopes to capitalize on this momentum to rake in big dollars at Friday’s fundraiser as well as at a Saturday event in Newport Beach.

At around 3 p.m., a crowd of Trump supporters gathered on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Delfern Drive in Beverly Hills to await the passage of the former president’s motorcade. People waved giant American and Israeli flags, donned Trump hats and cheered into bullhorns.

Trump’s motorcade drove by with an escort from the California Highway Patrol around 4 p.m. At the sight of the motorcade, the crowd exploded into cheers and chanted, “We want Trump!”

“My heart was beating so hard and I was so, so excited to see him drive by,” said Beverly Hills resident Michelle Toumari. “I was about to cry knowing that he’s about to be our next president.”

Sherman Oaks resident Monty Delhartz brought a life-size cardboard cut out of Trump with him.

“It’s so exciting that he’s visiting, I can’t wait to see him drive by,” he said shortly before Trump arrived. Delhartz said he’s looking forward to helping reelect Trump in November and “return this county back to normal” by bringing down crime and the cost of living.

“The inflation is out of control,” he said. “You’ve got to make up your mind whether you want to pay your utility bills or you want heat this day.”

Beverly Hills resident Shiva Bagheri also highlighted inflation under Biden’s leadership as a key reason why many people are supporting Trump.

“Now that they see their pocketbook under Trump, and then their pocketbook under Biden, people are waking up,” she said. “They are saying, ‘Wow, the Democrats are really screwing us over’.”

Bagheri added, “We are the highest taxed state in the country and what are we getting from it? High crime, bad infrastructure, indoctrination in schools and open borders.”

She also highlighted antisemitism on college campuses as a reason many Jewish residents of Beverly Hills will be supporting Trump in November.

The Trump fundraiser took place at the private residence of Lee Samson at 804 N. Elm Drive. Samson is a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition and owner of a chain of nursing homes. He previously hosted Trump for a fundraiser in 2019 that raised $5 million.

“Trump’s got a lot of supporters out here, and we’re expecting massive numbers at the rallies,” said Will Donohue, president of the College Republicans of America in an earlier interview.

“The grassroots has been seriously energized by the outcome of the verdict a few days ago and I think the general consensus of our grassroots here in California is the same nationally: they don’t believe this was a fair trial,” he added.

Donohue said Beverly Hills is a natural place for Trump to visit because many of its residents are fans of his tax cuts and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The city is also home to two of Los Angeles’ rare red voting precincts where a majority of voters supported Trump in the 2020 election.

While local Trump lovers were expected to be loud and proud at Friday’s rally, regional Republican representatives have been much more muted in their response to his SoCal stop.

Neither Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, nor Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Seal Beach, responded to the Daily News’ request for comment about Trump’s visit or recent court verdict. Both congress members are up for election in battleground districts that could play a key role in determining which party controls the House come January.

Steel has not spoken publicly about the verdict, while Garcia initially declined multiple news outlets’ requests for comment but gave one to a reporter in D.C. on Monday. When asked whether he is concerned about having a convicted felon at the top of the ticket he said, “No. I think the American people saw what happened in New York, they saw what were typically misdemeanors being elevated to 34 felonies.”

Both candidates’ responses to the verdict have drawn harsh criticism from Democratic leaders.

“Ultimately, Republicans like Mike Garcia and Michelle Steel are stuck between a rock and a far-right place,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesperson Dan Gottleib. “They made their bed with Trump, and now they’ll have to justify to California voters how comfortable they are undermining law and order alongside the 34-time convicted elephant in the room. Steel’s silence and Garcia’s embrace are incredibly telling.”

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