Donald Trump’s Firm Hired Fake Supporters for Campaign Launch

The Donald: "These are Trumped-up charges!"

Just when you thought America was falling in love with the Donald all over again comes this scoop from The Hollywood Reporter. Turns out that latest publicity stunt was as fake as that mop on his head.

It seems members of the audience that gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower awaiting the emergence of the presidential candidate from his heavenly escalator may have been placed there for the low, low price of $50 each. As in, earn a dollar for every minute Donald Trump scoreboarded America with his annual earnings.

New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump’s event.

“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,” reads the June 12 email, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “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 best part about this report is that it names Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a Long Island-based firm that has worked with Trump in the past, as the party responsible for this act of “astroturfing.” Of course the organization had no comment, because who would even admit to representing such a buffoon?

Team Trump went to MSNBC to deny the claims…sort of.

The campaign disputed the claims with a simple, “no.”

“Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue where he is a featured speaker,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told msnbc. “The crowds are large, often record setting, and enthusiastic, with consistent standing ovations.”

LOL. And then, pictures like this from Megan Specia of Mashable fame showed up on the Twitter:

Another great detail from the THR story: one of the professional actors identified in the crowd quickly deleted his Instagram account.

And here we thought “astroturfing” was a colorful description for whatever’s going on atop Mr. Trump’s head.

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