Once the votes are counted in the New York primary, Hillary Clinton’s campaign plans to host 5 fundraising events in the Philadelphia area with an additional fundraiser in Scranton during the week before the Pennsylvania primary. The candidate, former President Bill Clinton, first daughter Chelsea Clinton, former Governor Ed Rendell, and other campaign surrogates will headline this events. The schedule is below.
Chelsea Clinton will be headlining a Hillary for America fundraiser in Philadelphia on April 25, the night before the Pennsylvania primary. In order to get a picture with the once former and possible future daughter, a guest needs to raise $1000. A ticket to simply enter costs $45.
The lower dollar amount indicates that the Clinton campaign is targeting small donors and millennials. They might be tired of ceding this group to the campaign of Bernie Sanders. The last fundraiser Chelsea Clinton appeared at, which was held at the gym Soul Cycle, the minimum ticket was $500.
It didn’t surprise me that Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields was allegedly assaulted by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. My first encounter with Lewandowski came at the Republican Jewish Coalition Washington event in December and it wasn’t a pleasant one. It was at the RJC that Trump famously insulted the Jews to their face.
He repeated the old anti-Semitic trope, “I am a negotiator just like you folks.” He then continued with the insults by noting, “You’re not gonna support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians, that’s fine.” I personally was not that offended having grown up in a house where buying retail is considered a sin although many in the room were discomfited.
When I saw the campaign manager walking by while Trump was giving his speech, I could not resist asking him for an interview for the Huffington Post. I naturally threw in I was a Wharton grad hoping that would give me an advantage since the candidate boasts about graduating from there every chance he gets. I still knew that landing the interview was a long shot because, at the time, Trump was covered in the entertainment not the political section of the online media outlet.
Yet I did not the almost violent reaction that I got from Lewandowski. With his arms flailing, he shouted, “Never, Never, especially while Trump’s coverage is in the entertainment page.”
Then, things got even more interesting if you can believe. Since I had only seen the campaign manager on television, I wanted to verify that I was talking to Lewandowski, and not some other man with a buzz cut, by asking his name. Instead of answering Corey, he answered “Brian”.
In light of recent events surrounding Trump, this might seem a minor transgression. But it was a good indicator of things to come. It shouldn’t be surprising that someone that lies to reporters and yells at them for their outlet’s editorial policies would later assault a reporter.
The Washington Examiner’s Al Weaver witnessed some of the skirmish.