Some among Trump’s White House South Lawn audience were, you guessed it, paid to be there

Donald Trump has always been a game show kind of guy, so it’s maybe not a surprise that his first public rally after his hospitalization for COVID-19 symptoms turned into a game show itself, of sorts. Do you like prizes, kids? Do like prizes enough to listen to Donald Trump talk? Do you like prizes enough to risk your life during a deadly pandemic to listen to Donald Trump talk? Well then, you are in luck! Because conservative weirdo Candace Owens is handing out free travel and lodging to anyone willing to put on an oversized blue T-shirt and risk pandemic death on the White House’s South Lawn.

Yeah, that’s right. Donald Trump’s White House rally on Saturday, the one that was absolutely not a campaign event, the one that featured Trump addressing an adoring teal-shirted and mostly maskless crowd wedged shoulder to shoulder, the scene right out of Evita 2: Mar-a-Lago Boogaloo, the ol’ balcony Mussolini routine—an unknown number of those folks were paid to be there. ABC News reports that Owens’ fake grassroots “BLEXIT” group offered to cover travel and lodging expenses for a “limited” number of people who showed up and were willing to wear the light blue T-shirts. Owens’ group was already organizing a separate fake grassroots Washington, D.C., event on the same day; the White House crowd was gathered from there.

DailyKos Some among Trump’s White House South Lawn audience were, you guessed it, paid to be there