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Inside Hollywood’s Quiet, Growing Support for Donald Trump

The Celebrity Apprentice

5:00 AM PST 3/11/2016 by Paul Bond

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 debatebetween Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. It was an invite-only list that included everyone from recognized actors to rank-and-file studio workers.

They watched the candidates spar over radical Islamic terrorists, Social Security’s future and illegal immigration. But, it was a moment early in the debate that turned heads: Trump blasted the entertainment industry over Disney employees who allegedly lost their jobs due to abuse of the guest-worker program.

One industry worker clapped and looked around to see if others were equally enthusiastic. Some were, including one invitee sporting a hat emblazoned with “TRUMP.”

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.

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