Behind The Scenes: Donald Trump’s Westport Fundraiser

Donald Trump trumpets the fact that his presidential campaign is “self-funded.”

Like almost everything else the narcissistic, xenophobic and quite possibly psychopathic front-runner says, that’s false.

Last night, “the Donald” came to Westport for a small — and very private — fundraising event. The sponsors — a local couple well-known in Republican circles — kept a tight lid on publicity. There were security concerns, as well as privacy issues for the attendees.

Approximately 40 people paid $2,700 each for the chance to eat hors d’oeuvres, drink, hear Trump talk, and be photographed with him.

Donald Trump, at last night's Westport fundraiser.

Donald Trump, at last night’s Westport fundraiser.

Thanks to long-standing friendships with the couple, I was allowed to attend. There were several conditions, including no reporting of the location or names of donors, and no note-taking or written description of his remarks on “06880.”

(The names of donors will of course become public later.)

I was, however, allowed to make a 30-second video of Trump’s opening statement. I could also take photos (of the candidate only).

Normally, I would not agree to those conditions. However, because it’s such an important local event — and because I was afforded the opportunity to meet the man who may (despite my genuine terror) become the next leader of the free world — I agreed.

I must say that in person, Trump is a bit more appealing than he appears on TV. His tone last night was respectful, and he did not say anything truly incendiary. (Also, his hair is less orange than I expected. And his fingers are really not that small.)

It was an unexpected opportunity, and one I am happy to talk about in person. (If you see me — ask!)

Meanwhile, click here for that 30-second video I was allowed to make. His comments about Westport are classic Trump.

67 responses to “Behind The Scenes: Donald Trump’s Westport Fundraiser

  1. Good one Dan!

  2. Jackie Spencer

    Haha. Great April Fools joke.

  3. May I be one of the first to congratulate you! Your scoop got more and more incongruous, suspicious even (I’ve not met a single Trump supporter yet) as I haplessly read along, but I have to admit, you got me Dan! You got me. Maybe in some similarly dastardly way you’ll be on the other end of an April fool’s joke, too! You’ll let us know what it is?

  4. Janette Kinnally

    Very funny! You had me when you said people paid $2700 each for a chance to meet Donald Trump. Since that is how much The Clinton’s are asking for their fundraising efforts when they come to Westport!
    Happy April Fools Day!

  5. Excellent!

  6. Well done, Mr Woog, well done

  7. Rebecca wolin

    Very good. You got me

  8. Werner Liepolt

    Enjoyed the rally. Heading out to the parade.

  9. Scott Smith

    Best. One. Ever! Dan, I should sue you for pulling both legs this morning darn near off:

  10. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    I’d rather give Bernie his customary $27.

    • Nancy Hunter Wilson

      I forgot to ask if Lewandowski was well behaved, or not?

      • He was on his best behavior. I was the only reporter, so he just punched out a couple of waiters, and pushed the coat check girl down the steps.

        • Elizabeth Thibault

          So I guess that would mean that the “vulgarian” label still applies? (Joke or not, I’m fairly certain of this epitaph!)

    • Wendy Newton

      That’s what I did, Nancy. Immediately.
      Dan, thanks for re-igniting the Bern!

  11. Ha! You got me! Nicely played.

  12. Marcy Sansolo

    You got me! I was bracing myself for the hideous video, what a relief to find it a prank. So glad he wasn’t in Westport. I don’t like my offspring or dogs to be in a 100 mile radius of that ‘guy’.

  13. Robert Byrnes

    I fell for it!


  14. well played, Dan. and a clever way to air your thoughts about “the Donald.”

  15. Dan – you left your coat at our house last night. I’ll ask Liz to drop it by. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks. And I forgot to drop off my check to the campaign. I’ll bring it over then. PS: Loved the pigs in blankets.

  16. Great joke!! That was really funny and I believed you!!!

  17. So funny!!! Great joke and you got me!!!

  18. Daniel Souza

    Good one! I was pumped, then stumped and trumped!

  19. Of course I HAD to click, even though the reporting didn’t add up.
    LOL, well done!

  20. Siobhan Crise

    Duly fooled. Well played!

  21. I heard Rich Stein was catering this event.

  22. Luedke, Will

    Very clever. Good job.

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  23. Hook, Line and Ooo You Stinker!

  24. You are too clever !!!

  25. Steve Stein

    Hi Dan. Great reporting. Not sure why you didn’t include the large and vociferous group of protestors from Make America Sane Again!

  26. Jamie Walsh

    It even bigger than an April Fools joke that we have so many Fool’s running for office. Unfortunately, it’s not a joke but a recurring nightmarish reality.

  27. Stacia Jacobs

    Equally funny is Avi’s comment πŸ˜‚

  28. I fell for it! Hilarious! Good morning, it’s going to be a long day I have a feeling…

  29. Michelle Benner

    Ha, you got me too! You are a masterful prankster, Dan. Thank you for the fun morning jolt of April foolery. πŸ™‚

  30. Foolishly I thought I could care less about D. Trump, yet there was enough curiosity to “click” and find out just how foolish really I am. 4-1-16 points to you!

  31. Barbara Sherburne '67

    I completely fell for it. Very clever.

  32. Armelle Daniels

    Couldn’t wait to read what u had concocted today as I still remember my outrage at previous year’s post re: red lights/stop signs :). Didn’t get me this time but still made me smile!

  33. Julie O'Grady

    You had me!!!

  34. nailed it.

  35. Michael Calise

    Dan Woog. Master trickster!

  36. David Abrams

    i bit, hook, line, an sinker. Nicely done, Dan.

  37. Exceptionally well done! This rivals a story I heard on the radio today that people were falling for a “news” article that Trader Joe’s was going out of business.

  38. Alan Phillips

    Well done. You got me again!

  39. I was going to say …. Westport is too liberal. This didn’t sound right. You got me too!!!

  40. Peter Flatow

    Dan, once again you got me. One of these years I will remember to skip reading 06880 on 4/1.

  41. Wilhelmina de Haas

    hahahahahaha! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was so great! And the finger joke….chuckle…. Well played, Dan!

  42. Dan, you wily rascal, you! I didn’t see it coming.
    I’d been so looking forward to your April Fool’s prank du jour, that I was disappointed to find, instead a piece about Trump.
    Although I suspected/hoped the Trump tale might be the Fooler, your attention to detail (the fact that $2,700.00 is the maximum contribution allowed) dashed my hopes…until the video.
    Well done! Another year, another opportunity to play your willing April Fool.

    • Thanks, Gloria. Here’s hoping we’re all not played for fools on Election Day!

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        Going to the candidates’ debate
        Laugh about it, shout about it when you’ve got to choose
        Every way you look at it you lose

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        • Nancy Hunter Wilson

          Fascinating that the GOP convention Rules Committee can change the “rules” to suit their wishes/outcome. Not very democratic, is it? Do the Dems do this, too?

          Honestly, both logically and ethically it is impossible to begin to understand the entire process, from delegate, caucus, state-by-state rules and counts/changing rules and counts.
          Never mind the electoral college!

          “Every way you look at it you lose” indeed.

          • Nancy Hunter Wilson

            I forgot to mention the “Super Delegate” system, too. Crazy.

  43. EXCELLENT!!!

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  44. Love this “election insurance” video – the disclaimer at the end is balanced and hysterical –

    • Nancy Hunter Wilson

      Well, that’s okay. Just don’t assume you take precedence over our newly-arrived Syrian refugees.

  45. Luisa Francoeur

    LOL. A contribution to 06880 for your ongoing humor efforts has been made.

  46. Gary Singer

    Damn . . . had me again.

  47. Sally Campbell Palmer

    April fooled…again!

  48. Dave Stalling

    Did you see Trump’s Twitter Tweet this morning?
    “Had a fabulous time in Westport. A lot of really dumb, fat people who think they’re rich but not as rich as me. But who is? They gave me a lot of money. They love me. People love me. Everyone loves me. I love me. Going to build a wall around Westport, keep the Mexicans out, make Westport great again . . . met Dan Woog, great guy, for a Jew. He’s a total fraud though, a total fraud. I don’t believe his blog, don’t believe it. Trust me, believe me, I’m great. I love me.”

    • Great guy, Dave Stalling. Great, great guy. Good friend.You should listen to him. He knows what he’s talking about.

  49. Matt Murray

    Woog: I want my money back!!! πŸ™‚

  50. Bettina Gangi

    Dan, forwarded this to my college buddy who has lived in Switzerland for 40 years. She worries so about guns, bombs and politics in her much loved
    USA. Such a gem you sent us for April 1. As it is quickly approaching April 2, I’m going to sleep with a smile on my face.

  51. Wish I were there!

    Best Regards, Linda Rubin


  52. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Donald now wears a bullet proof vest. No fooling! Apparently, he started wearing it after his visit to Westport. Imagine outdoor rallies for him as the weather heats up!

  53. Walter Eagen

    Classic and I fell for it hook, line and sinker!