In a story appearing in The Hollywood Reporter, Donald Trump reportedly paid actors $50 each to mingle among the small crowd who chose to mark the Tuesday launch of his presidential campaign. The Reporter’s account claims it obtained an e-mail distributed by Extra Mile Casting, a New York talent agency, which solicited background extras to swell the ranks of Trump’s campaign commencement.
The e-mail read:
We are working helping one of are [sic] associates out at Gotham GR – http://gothamgr.com/ with a big event happening on TUESDAY 6/16/15. This is an event in support of Donald Trump and an upcoming exciting announcement he will be making at this event.
This event is called “People for a Stronger America.” The entire group is a pro-small business group that is dedicated to encouraging Donald Trump and his latest ventures. This event will be televised. 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.
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. This event is happening LIVE and will be from 8:45AM-11:30AM. LESS THAN 3 HOURS. This will take place inside / interior.
The rate for this is: $50 CASH at the end of the event. We would love to book you if you are interested and still available.
Please let us know and we will get back to you with confirmation.”
Paying dimwitted, underemployed “B-list” actors is an illiterate campaign strategy.
Altogether a most unusual campaign tactic, if Trump were to be taken seriously, many could cry foul about this deceit, but it appears as if Trump’s campaign will evolve into more of a sideshow than a legitimate political force in 2016.
An utterly strange fabrication, this behavior illustrates the Trump team’s ineptitude and laziness in attracting genuine support; clearly, such a task is beyond the Trump campaign’s capacity to manage.
Most of the mythology surrounding Trump is self-created: A well-known bloviator, in his campaign speech, Trump expended more energy offering misty-eyed platitudes and boasting of his personal wealth than being a personal arbiter trusted to conceive sound economic, social and foreign policy ideas.
Trump only offers a steady application of his own money. “The Donald” is a wealthy man: We know because he has told us many times.[thehill.com]