When Trump Came To Town
Yesterday the orange guy spent 6 or 8 hours in Austin appearing at three events. The first was the taping of a Fox News town hall event with Sean Hannity. Fox will broadcast this over two nights. If you’re interested (I’m not) you can probably get dates and times on the Fox website. There was room on the stage for the usual hangers on who want to be seen with the Republican #1. Was Governor Greg Abbott there? Nope (he said he had a Dr. appointment). Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick? Nope (even though he was in Austin at the time). Atty Gen Ken Paxton? Another no. When Ken Paxton doesn’t want to be seen with you… you’re toxic!
So who were the hangers on who in effect were announcing “I’m with this guy.”? Well, there were apparently three of them… shameless Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, a state rep from Lockhart and the (apparently also shameless) R candidate for our State Senate Dist. 24 seat, Dawn Buckingham! Dawn Buckingham and the orange guy… what a pair.
The second event was a fundraiser, closed to the press with a base ticket price of $2,700. $25,000 to $100,000 givers got a 15 minute photo op/face-to-face. Since this event was closed to the press there wouldn’t be any of those embarrassing photos that might link one with an undesirable so these Rs sneaked out of the closet… US Rep Lamar Smith, US Rep John Carter, former State Comptroller Susan Combs and “gosh, I was just too busy to attend the town hall” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
How about our Republican US Rep Roger Williams? His/our district includes a large chunk of Austin, surely he’d be there. Uh, negative on that.
Williams was in Gatesville a few days ago where, according the the Gatesville Messenger, he addressed a group of “local business and government leaders.” I’ll pirate a copy of the story and send it to you but Williams spewed the same old junk and those hand-picked “business and government leaders” probably ate it with a spoon.
The A-S didn’t have much interesting to say (mostly a few nonsensical statements from attendees) about the 3rd event, a standard Trump rally.
While running errands around town yesterday and listening to KLBJ-AM, an Austin station, they discussed the rally and said “people were coming from as far as Gatesville.” Everything in Gatesville looked pretty normal to me- no evidence of a mass exodus.