Celebrity gossip sites — and even the Hollywood Reporter — are breathlessly mocking President Donald Trump for failing to attract the glitterati to his kickoff re-election fundraiser in the Hollywood Hills Tuesday night, apparently not realizing that Trump's failure to attract Obama-level attention from celebrities is a feature, not a bug.
"You'd be surprised at the lack of star power," a source close to the fundraiser told the Hollywood Reporter.
"This fundraiser could have been held in St. Louis," said another, apparently a party invitee. "What an insult to Hollywood that it's being treated as nothing special."
“Obama would come to town with 30 cars and close down Wilshire Boulevard, but Trump’s people want to get in and out quickly,” another source continued.
But if these sources have been invited, it seems they actually don't know who else is on the guest list. Attendees, who have each paid between $35,000 and $250,000 in a combined donation to the president's re-election fund and to the Republican National Committee, have been kept secret even from each other, likely out of fear that word could get around Hollywood, where conservatives are largely blacklisted.
The fundraiser is supposed to take place "in or near Beverly Hills," but ticket holders had to give their Social Security numbers to the Secret Service and, according to the Reporter, assure "the powers that be that they’d not reveal details of the event." Any Hollywood resident paying a quarter million to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign probably has no trouble pledging to keep their donation secret.
As for blocking traffic, protests are already planned for the president's visit even if the general public won't know where he is. It's unlikely the same people would back down if Trump took a ride down Hollywood Boulevard.