It seems that Donald Trump and his toupee aren't just blissfully unaware of how exceedingly unpopular he is with the balloters. He knows full well, and he’s throwing money at the problem.
Trump hired paid actors to cheer for him at his presidential announcement. We’ve heard of buying votes, but this is even more pathetic.
A New York casting agency, Extra Mile Casting, sent out an email this past Friday to its client list of acting extras:
"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."
The pay offered was $50 for less than three hours of work…which is pretty low considering the concomitant shame.
It doesn't end there. It appears that Trump's campaign team handed out pro-Trump signs before the event.
— Megan Specia (@meganspecia) June 16, 2015
Actually, we're impressed that Trump's team even thought to make the signs look homemade. Trump's own aesthetic seems more laser-printed, gold-plated, mid-life crisis bling.
The possibility that Trump had hired a fan club was first raised by anti-Trump activist Angelo Carusone, who recognized one of the photographed attendants as Domenico Del Giacco, a background actor. Del Giacco has since deleted his Instagram account and could not be reached for comment.
Extra Mile, too, is attempting to evade responsibility. Their representative said that they “don’t know anything” about their own email. When pressed, she hung up.
Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski roundly dismissed the news, claiming:
"Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker. The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations.”
We guess Mr. Lewandowski is yet to see this: