• Trump Camp Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement

    Donald Trump is being accused of hiring actors to cheer for him during his 2016 presidential announcement Tuesday.

    “There’s never been a crowd like this,”  Trump declared of the people gathered in Trump Tower in New York City to watch his campaign launch.

    The Trump camp allegedly offered actors $50 to pose as Trump supporters, according an email obtained by the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday from Extra Mile, a New York-based casting company.

    “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,” the email that was sent on June 12 said. “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.”

    Suspicions that the event had hired extras came to light Wednesday when anti-Trump activist Angelo Carusone came across an Instagram photo, showing a man he recognized as a background actor posing at the Trump event. Carusone screen grabbed the photo of the actor, Domenico Del Giacco, and published it in a blog post.

    Extra Mile claims not to know anything about the casting call and Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski denied the accusations.

    “Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker,” he said in a statement. “The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations. Mr. Trump’s message is ‘make America great again.’”


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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