On Tuesday perennial punchline Donald Trump announced he’s joining the circus sideshow that is the 2016 Republican presidential field, and shortly after his announcement event, reports began to circulate that some of the Trump campaign “supporters” at his announcement event may have been paid actors.
Donald Trump‘s big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.
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 pay was listed as $50 for less than three hours of work. According to the email, Extra Mile was reaching out to potential extras in partnership with Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a New York-Based political consulting group that has worked with Trump in the past. Gotham GR had no comment.
Given how inauspiciously Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has started, it’s no wonder comedian Jon Stewart has thanked Trump for making Stewart’s last six weeks as host of the Daily Show his best six weeks.