via The Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Hollywood’s Quiet, Growing Support for Donald Trump
by Paul Bond | March 11, 2016
The entertainment industry’s rare conservatives (and independents) are lining up behind Trump, the real estate mogul considered one of their own as a former TV star and producer.
At an undisclosed location somewhere in the Los Angeles area, about 200 members of Hollywood’s private group of conservative Republicans — known as “Friends of Abe” — gathered to watch Thursday’s GOP debate between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich.
It was a snapshot of what could be the entertainment industry’s rare conservatives (and independents) lining up behind Trump, the real estate mogul considered one of their own as a former TV star and producer.
“For every Cruz or Rubio supporter I talk to, there are 10 Trump supporters,” says one conservative wealth manager who has a deep bench of entertainment industry clients. He didn’t want to speak publicly, though he admitted most of his firm’s left-leaning clientele support Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. “I tell them, ‘If you don’t want to feel the Bern, convert your IRAs now rather than pay his 92 percent tax rate.’
Could this be a turning point among Hollywood’s conservatives?
There are conservative stars who are openly Republican. Actor Jon Voight, whose daughter Angelina Jolie is famously liberal-leaning, threw his support to Trump on March 8. “I pray all Americans who have seen and felt the meltdown of America with the Obama years, to please fight for Donald Trump,” Voight said in his endorsement. The Hollywood Reporter asked rocker Ted Nugent, a Trump supporter, if there are others in entertainment who back Trump but are too timid to say so out loud, and he said: “I know it for a fact, but vowed not to out them.” Beyond Voight and Nugent, celebrities outwardly supporting The Donald include Kid Rock, Stephen Baldwin and Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson. (Read More)
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