With a new Reuters/Ipsos poll showing insurgent Donald Trump locked in a virtual dead heat with the establishment golden boy “Jeb!”, the Donald dropped by the city of angels to speak to a gathering of Hollywood conservatives. Trump delivered his usual chock full of red meat speech at the swanky Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel to the delight of an audience that is accustomed to getting the cold shoulder in a city infested with holier than thou elitist liberal snobs. There were protests in the streets including the obligatory Donald Trump piñatas – surprised that he wasn’t burned in effigy – as Hispanic activists descended on the venue like a swarm of locusts.
As snottily reported by The Guardian in the story “Donald Trump and the Friends of Abe: tycoon brings immigration fight to LA”:
The Republican candidate swept into Hollywood on Friday to court politically conservative film-makers who gathered to cheer, hoot defiance and collaborate, at least for one sultry night, in the grand illusion known as President Trump.
Trailing outrage over his broadsides against immigrants, Trump played the role of rebel hero while the audience of actors, directors, producers and technicians in the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel put tinsel on the fantasy that their guest could win the Republican nomination and go on to claim the White House in 2016.
A scrum of media and piñata-bashing protesters outside the venue completed the sense of circus around a radioactive presidential campaign which crackles between loopy and canny, surreal and deadly serious.
“When it’s all said and done, I will win the Hispanic vote,” Trump said earlier at a campaign stop in Beverly Hills. “I will win the Hispanic vote because I’m going to create jobs. I’m going to take them away from China.”
The Hollywood conservatives belong to the group Friends of Abe and are understandably discreet in order to avoid being blacklisted or crucified by the media. The Daily Beast provides some detail in the piece entitled “The Super Secretive Hollywood Gang That Loves Trump” from which I excerpt:
“We realize that Friends of Abe is everywhere in the news this week because of the Donald Trump dinner coming up on Friday.” the group’s Facebook page noted on Wednesday. “This is the first time in the organization’s history that an event has been leaked to the press. This is not normally how it goes.”
At this point, you may be wondering: What the hell is Friends of Abe?
FOA is a secretive group of Hollywood right-wingers (the “one and only fellowship for entertainment industry conservatives”) that formed in 2004. It has been described as a “stealth right-wing group,” “influential in conservative circles,” a “GOP support group,” and as operating under “the same PR rules as Fight Club.”
The full list of FOA members is kept under lock-and-key (to avoid potential blacklisting in a decidedly left-wing Tinseltown), and the group only recently achieved nonprofit status from the IRS after a three-year fight to do so.
Founding and high-profile “friends” include Gary Sinise, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Clint Eastwood, Jon Voight, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd. The hundreds of right-leaning members are invited to attend strictly off-the-record functions where Hollywood players get the chance to meet political celebrities, and also to network with like-minded entertainment-industry types.
The Trump revolution continues to pick up steam and it will be critical for the bombastic billionaire to get some big name backing if the GOP establishment does stab him in the back and provides him with the impetus for a third party run. With film legend Clint Eastwood being the highest profile FOA member and riding high off of his latest movie “American Sniper” being joined by others like Gary Sinise who played Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump” and veteran actor Jon Voight – who must have really had to choke back the vomit when his character performed cunnilingus on Hanoi Jane in “Coming Home” – it is a good start. Endorsements will be key for Trump, especially in a land where celebrity has become the coin of the realm.
As for the protesters in the streets they will also multiply like fleas on a dog and radical activists will soon be bussed in by pro illegal alien front groups for corporate America which benefits the most from the porous borders to keep wages down and offshoring numbers up. Pay no mind that Trump speaks the truth in that the failed narco state Mexico has been sending the dregs of society into America in a way that brings to mind how Fidel Castro emptied Cuba’s jails and insane asylums during the Mariel boatlift back in 1980. The murder of Katie Steinle whose life was cut short by one of the dirty wetback thugs on a San Francisco pier last week is glossed over or completely ignored by liberals and the Mexican mobs who show up at Trump stops because she is just collateral damage to them.
There is a very good reason why the man is leading in the polls and that reason is that a lot of Americans are damned sick and tired of business as usual.