Politico reporter Nancy Cook detailed the shocking desperation for White House staff as they struggle to get Washingtonians to attend President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July rally. According to Cook, there’s already an outbreak of “finger-pointing” about the low turnout and the festivities haven’t even begun.
Cook filed the story earlier in the evening, but on “The 11th Hour,” she told substitute host Ali Velshi that she’s hearing White House staffers are so desperate to find people who will appear in Trump’s VIP section that they’re giving them to anyone who will come.
“Well, really what the concerns are are that there’s a question about will enough people show up,” Cook told Velshi on Wednesday. “The White House and the Republican National Committee has all of these VIP seats they’ve been trying to off-load. Originally they tried to give them to a bunch of high-end donors.”
High-end Democratic donors were not given VIP tickets, which began the inquiries about the politicization of the event, paid for by taxpayer dollars.
“Now I’ve been hearing even tonight, after I published this story today, that they’re really willing to off-load them to — one White House staffer that I talked to late this afternoon took home 15 tickets and was just going to hand them out to whomever she could tomorrow,” Cook revealed. “And the big concern on the part of the White House and the RNC is whether or not these seats will be filled.”
No matter what happens, Trump and his spokespeople will lie and lie and lie some more. They’ll claim the Mall was filled with the bigggest crowd ever to descend on DC. And the TeaPublicans and goobers who support Trump will swallow it whole.
Now it turns out the major TV networks will not broadcast the rally, opting instead for normal programming.
Trump’s event will be carried live by C-SPAN and on Fox News.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Mall by the Capitol, the traditional “Capitol Fourth Concert” event is scheduled to begin at 8 pm. Featured performer Carole King pointed out on Twitter that the Capitol Fourth Concert is distinct from Trump’s event, which she is not participating in.