Hundreds of top donors were expected to attend a Republican National Committee fundraiser on Saturday night, April 10, at the Florida resort owned by former President Donald Trump. At the gathering, Trump is expected to give a speech.
The event was originally scheduled to occur at the nearby Four Seasons Resort, but the RNC moved the dinner to Mar-a-Lago as a “friendly but expensive gesture from party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, made at a time when Trump was publicly criticizing the party.”
According to The Washington Post, the Republican Party would spend more than $100,000 on the 400-person banquet.
According to The New York Post, the evening will begin with remarks from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, followed by Ronna McDaniel. At about 7 p.m., Trump will take the stage.
Trump has been staying at Mar-a-Lago since leaving office, and despite not being president, he still wields enormous power within the Republican Party. According to The Washington Post, during the last four months, Trump’s resort has been visited by politicians, including several well-known figures, all of whom want Trump to appear at their events.
At least six Republican candidates have hosted fundraisers at Trump’s Florida properties since he left office. Those events indicate that Trump has retained his position as the party’s central figure.
“We would love to see him. If he came and spoke to the group spending the weekend here, that would be great. If he came and played golf and people watched him, I mean that would be great, too,” said Amy Kremer, a conservative activist who is hosting a conference this weekend at Trump’s golf course in Doral, Florida, reports the Millennial.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, stated that “Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach are the center of the Republican universe right now. All Republican roads lead to Mar-a-Lago. He’s the biggest name in politics, and everybody wants his support and endorsement.”
Trump’s hotels and clubs had held very few political activities until he stood for office. That changed in 2016 when Trump was elected president and, earlier that year, opened a hotel in Washington, D.C. that catered to political fundraisers.