This post first appeared on Examiner.com June 29, 2016
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump was in Boston on Wednesday, hosting a Republican National Committee (RNC) $2,700 a plate fundraiser at the city’s historic Langham Hotel. According to the Boston Herald, ticket prices, for what was said to be a sold-out event went as high as $25,000 per couple.
A small group of protesters, organized by SEIU Local 888 and the Sierra Club, joined curiosity seekers gathered on their lunch break on the street outside the venue that for fifty years was the site of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank. The outside gathering was denied a Trump inspection as the New York real estate mogul did not enter and exit through the front door where viewer corrals were set up.
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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and his wife Gail were in attendance, as was Trump supporter Ernie Boch, Jr. Brown, who endorsed Trump in February, has been out on the campaign trail stumping for the candidate, drawing ire from his Commonwealth ouster, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Senator posted a photo to his Twitter feed from inside the gathering where the mood was all upbeat and smiles.
— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) June 29, 2016
Racial, workers’ tensions run high with Trump
“Donald Trump wants to outsource our jobs, Well we’re going to outsource him,” – Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley.
Protestors held signs denouncing racism and anti-worker sentiments associated with the Trump camp. Signs read, “Jews reject Trump,” “Outsourcer in Chief,” “Trump is a bigot,” “Black out Trump,” and “Trump thinks minimum wage is enough.” State Rep Mike Capuano and City Councilwoman, Ayanna Pressley joined in the workers’ protest, speaking to those gathered to catch a glimpse of the candidate and rallying against a divisive political platform.
“It is beyond unbelievable that this person has this much of a chance to get elected President,” Capuano said. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not escape unscathed as the crowd at times parroted the sentiment seen in poll after poll as to the two presumptive candidates’ honesty and integrity. A bystander listening to Capuano called out, “I think both of them are unbelievable.” Capuano, a Clinton supporter, responded by saying, “I have to be honest with you. I’ve been involved in politics a long time and sometimes you have difficult choices to make. This is the easiest choice I have ever had to make.”
Capuano went on to explain his reasoning for supporting the former First Lady, saying that Clinton was the more qualified candidate. “I don’t agree with her on every issue…but that’s not the judgment. The judgment is, very unequivocally, on January 20th of next year we’re going to have somebody in the Whitehouse.”
“Ain’t no power like the power of the people cuz the power of the people don’t stop.” – Protestors outside Boston Langham Hotel
Where’s the MA GOP?
Massachusetts Republicans put up a weak showing for their party’s presumptive candidate. Charlie Baker, the nation’s Number One Governor, sat out the event. Baker has been consistent in his posture towards the reality TV star turned presidential candidate, telling all who ask that he won’t be voting for Trump in November. In May, Baker was pressed by the media as to his thoughts on the candidate slate. “I’m not a fan of either one,” the freshman governor said. Baker vowed to spend his time leading up to November campaigning for GOP candidates within the Commonwealth.
Although Trump’s campaign disavows any indications that they are having fundraising and support issues from within the party, the lack of availability and low-key maneuvering in and out of the city, turned the protestors outside on the street into the main attraction. Media and rubberneckers expecting the usual high-profile, in-your-face Trump entrance to the city’s financial district, came up short.
Trump exited the building after the luncheon and headed to Bangor, Maine for a rally.