The event, with real estate developer Geoff Palmer expected to host, already generated plenty of attention, first because Trump’s visit is taking place during Emmy week, but then because of actress Debra Messing’s call for The Hollywood Reporter to publish a list of industry figures who are attending. “The public has a right to know,” she argues. Trump later claimed that she was trying to create a “blacklist” of his supporters.
But even before the Trump-Messing Twitter tiff, the president’s previous fund-raising swings through Southern California weren’t drawing big numbers of showbiz backers.
While he does have a number of industry figures who support him including Jon Voight and Antonio Sabato Jr., others are reticent to go public with their support because