Pirro booked for Trum­pettes bash

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION - By ALEXAN­DRA CLOUGH

Here comes the judge, back to Mar-a-Lago.

Jea­nine Pirro, host of Fox News Chan­nel’s Jus­tice with Judge Jea­nine, once again will be the guest speaker at a party cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary of Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.

Party or­ga­nizer Toni Holt Kramer of Trum­pettes USA, Trump’s fan club, is host­ing the event, set for Feb. 23. Tick­ets went on sale in late July, and in less than 30 days, Holt Kramer said about 70 per­cent of the 700 avail­able seats were sold.

Ear­lier this year, Pirro wowed more than 900 guests in two ball­rooms at the inau­gu­ral Trum­pettes party Jan. 18 at Mar-a-Lago.

El­e­gantly dressed in a one-shoul­der red gown, Pirro started her re­marks with a vul­gar­ity: “Wel­come to Mar-a-Lago. A mag­nif­i­cent place. It sure ain’t no s—hole!”

The crowd loved the salty ref­er­ence to re­marks at­trib­uted to Trump, when he al­legedly re­ferred to Haiti and African na­tions in a meet­ing on an im­mi­gra­tion deal. Trump has de­nied mak­ing the com­ment.

Pirro’s speech in­cluded her re­peated as­ser­tion that the Jus­tice Depart­ment and FBI are “cor­rupt,” and that il­le­gal im­mi­grants are “cross­ing the bor­ders, tak­ing our jobs, ed­u­ca­tion and hous­ing ... just in case they de­cide to kill us.”

When Pirro men­tioned Hil­lary Clin­ton, whom she said would have “de­stroyed this na­tion,” the crowd broke into chants of “Lock her up!”

Holt Kramer said Trump fans all wanted Pirro back for the Trum­pettes Red White & Blue Cel­e­bra­tion.

“So many peo­ple who called for tick­ets said, ‘Are you hav­ing Judge Jea­nine again?’ ” Holt Kramer said. “Ev­ery­body wants her. She’s so fab­u­lous and she knows what’s go­ing on.”

Pirro just pub­lished a book, Liars, Leaks and Lib­er­als: The case against the Anti-Trump Con­spir­acy. The book is No. 5 on the New York Times’ list of best-sell­ing hardcover non­fic­tion books.

Dur­ing the Jan. 18 party, peo­ple clapped when Pirro called out the “left wing, so­cial­ist agenda.”

Last year’s event drew Trump sup­port­ers from all over the coun­try, and the world, to an Amer­i­cana-themed evening fea­tur­ing a Dix­ieland band and clas­sic Amer­i­can fare, in­clud­ing burg­ers.

This year, Holt Kramer and her team are plan­ning a coun­try and west­ern theme, “Coun­try Comes to West­ern.”

Coun­try mu­sic per­former Lee Greenwood, au­thor and singer of God Bless the USA, will be the main en­ter­tainer. Greenwood per­formed at Trump’s 2017 in­au­gu­ra­tion.

The up­com­ing party will be pricier than last year, when tick­ets sold for only $300 and Mar-aLago threw in some free­bies, such as free se­cu­rity for the event, Holt Kramer said.

Tick­ets for the Fe­bru­ary party cost $550 per per­son. But the em­pha­sis is on sell­ing tables to help de­fray the cost of the event.

For $15,000 to $20,000, guests re­ceive pre­mium seat­ing for 10 to 12 guests. In ad­di­tion, they are in­vited to a VIP re­cep­tion, with un­spec­i­fied spe­cial guests.

A ta­ble cost­ing $10,000 gives guests pre­mium seat­ing and a VIP meet-and-greet, while a ta­ble cost­ing $7,500 se­cures seat­ing for 10 in a prime area.

Holt Kramer said she’s added new ticket cat­e­gories, pre­mium in­di­vid­ual seats cost­ing $2,000 apiece. Those seats will be as­sem­bled at a pre­mium ta­ble. But she’s al­ready nearly sold out of space for those spots, she said.

Only the Don­ald J. Trump Grand Ball­room will host tables for the up­com­ing event. The smaller white-and-gold ball­room, which in Jan­uary fea­tured din­ner tables, will be used to host the VIP event next Fe­bru­ary, Holt Kramer said.

Holt Kramer said tick­ets are sell­ing fast. Help­ing goose sales was a re­cent BBC doc­u­men­tary on the Trum­pettes, which promi­nently fea­tured Holt Kramer.

De­spite the in­creas­ingly dark turn in the na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal dis­course, and the re­cent guilty con­vic­tions or pleas by those once close to Trump, Holt Kramer said the Fe­bru­ary party will be a cel­e­bra­tion, not a po­lit­i­cal lec­ture.

“If you’re there, we know you’re sup­port­ing (Trump). We don’t have to tell you what to do. This is not the time or place for that,” she said.

Meghan McCarthy / Daily News file photo

Jea­nine Pirro, host of Fox News Chan­nel’s “Jus­tice with Judge Jea­nine,” speaks dur­ing A Red, White and Blue Cel­e­bra­tion hon­or­ing the first an­niver­sary of Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary at The Mar-a-Lago Club.

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