Donald Trump Plans Huge Miami Fundraiser Next Week With Rick Scott

Donald Trump just can't get enough of that sweet, sweet, South Florida cash. After canceling a thinly veiled money-begging opportunity in Miami earlier this month due to the recent police shootings in Dallas, Trump has announced he'll visit South Florida at the end of July. This time, he'll return with a murderer's row of climate-change deniers and immigrant bashers — and that's just Gov. Rick Scott.

Naturally, a protest is already in the works. "We're organizing every time Trump comes into town," says Tomas Kennedy, an organizer with immigrant-rights group United Families.

The National Week of Trump — also known as the Republican National Convention — begins today. The entire media world has converged upon Cleveland, Ohio, where this Thursday, the RNC is expected to officially name Trump the Republican nominee.

He'll be riding high after this week, so it makes sense he'd line up a string of fundraising dates right out of the gate. It seems Trump is pulling out all the stops to grab money from Florida's wealthiest Republican donors.

On July 26 at 5:30 p.m., Trump will host a fundraising reception — followed by a 7 p.m. dinner — reportedly at his golf resort Trump National Doral Miami.
Trump is bringing an all-star list of GOP standbys, including Scott, Big Sugar kingpin Pepe Fanjul Sr., Naples gas-station lord Max Alvarez, and state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, who once sponsored a bill to imprison immigrants who overstay their deportation orders.

Of course, whenever Trump has announced a campaign event in South Florida, the area's massive Hispanic population stands up in protest. This round will be no different. Kennedy says he's already gathering a group of people to picket outside the fundraiser.

"This time, he's got Rick Scott, who is a major Florida embarrassment, and Carlos Trujillo, who is a really nefarious character," Kennedy says.

In March, Kennedy says, he had gathered thousands of protesters to disrupt Trump's last planned event in Doral, only for Trump to cancel that event after a Chicago rally descended into chaos.

"Each electoral cycle gets worse and worse," Kennedy says. "Last time, you had Mitt Romney saying he'd make things so bad for immigrants they'd have to self-deport. Now you have a candidate who's taken it way further. So we're kicking it into overdrive. We're going after Trump and all his surrogates full force."

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Jerry Iannelli is a former staff writer for Miami New Times from 2015 to March 2020. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.