Suspicions were raised and now they are confirmed after Angelo Carusone came across pictures at Donald Trump’s big presidential launch of what appeared to be actors cheering him on.
As it happens, Trump paid actors $50 a pop to pretend to like him. I would have asked for a lot more, like somewhere in the range of eleventy million dollars, but that’s just me. Of course, I’d have to be paid first, then my middle finger would be aimed at the nearest camera. I’m an awful person. Don’t ever hire me.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump’s event.
“We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement,” reads the June 12 email, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “We understand this is not a traditional ‘background job,’ but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.” (Read the full email at the bottom of the post.)
The pay was listed as $50 for fewer than three hours of work. According to the email, Extra Mile was reaching out to potential extras in partnership with Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a New York-Based political consulting group that has worked with Trump in the past. Gotham GR had no comment.
Angelo Carusone took a screenshot of the photo of the actor, Domenico Del Giacco, he recognized and published it in a blog post.
Since then, Del Giacco deleted the account.
Actress Courtney Klotz also deleted her Instagram thingy.
“Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told The Hollywood Reporter. “The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations. Mr. Trumps message is ‘make America great again.'”
We wonder what those ‘large’ crowds cost the billionaire to astroturf his presidential launch.
Angelo Carusone works at Media Matters.
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