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Guilfoyle's influence rises as Trump re-election race tightens

Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg News on

Published in Political News

During a recent virtual fundraiser, Donald Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle bantered with the participants. The private event was closed to the press, but the access code was shared with Bloomberg News.

"There's no doubt that Kimberly will extract money from me like she has all of you," the younger Trump told the donors. "It's a thing of beauty. Or brutal, I can't tell which one it is. It's sort of like watching nature: It can be incredible and mystical and as vicious as it gets."

Guilfoyle looked at him, then told the donors: "You kind of say to yourself, 'Wait a second -- a Trump is calling me too aggressive?"'

Several other top Republicans were on the Zoom call, including the Republican National Committee's finance chairman, Todd Ricketts, who told the group of California-based donors he thinks enthusiasm for Biden is low.

"There are people that I know who acknowledge that they are going to vote for Joe Biden, but there is no one who I know that says they actually support him," Ricketts said, despite polls showing Biden leading in many states.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, who joined the call from an office with a framed poster of "Shipwrecks" on the wall behind him, told the donors that "there's real promise" for a coronavirus vaccine, that Trump will rebuild the economy, and "the sooner we can open up, the safer we'll be."

 

The Trump campaign has tried to create online content most evenings to stay connected with voters until rallies can resume, which likely won't be for months, two people familiar with the situation said.

Guilfoyle set up a studio in her New York home, using her laptop for virtual appearances after she became impatient waiting for lighting and other equipment to arrive. A talk-style show called "The Right View," a riff off of ABC's "The View" featured Guilfoyle, Lara Trump, and Trump campaign surrogates Katrina Pierson and Mercedes Schlapp.

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