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Ivanka Trump, Kevin McCarthy Visit Fresno For GOP Fundraiser While Protesters Wait Outside

Laura Tsutsui
Valley Public Radio
Michelle Pett and Stephanie Dominguez Walton, both Bay Area residents, drove to Fresno to protest Ivanka Trump and Kevin McCarthy's presence at a GOP fundraiser.

President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, joined Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in Fresno today. The invitation-only event drew protests, despite attempts to keep the location secret.

Ivanka Trump and McCarthy were the guests of honor at a private luncheon for “Protect the House,” a group committed to keeping GOP control of Congress. The event was at Harris Construction, hosted by Fresno businessman Richard Spencer.

Trump and McCarthy arrived with a motorcade of Fresno Police officers. The procession didn’t stop until the cars were within a gated lot next to the building.

Local media waited outside, hoping to talk to McCarthy and Ivanka Trump, but they walked straight into the building. Additional security was stationed outside to turn away uninvited guests.

The event was off limits to the media. But that didn't stop a small group of around 15 to 20 protesters from gathering outside. They held signs that said, "How would your kids do in a cage?" and "Keep Families Together." Stephanie Dominguez Walton drove all the way from the Bay Area to protest the separation of families at the border.

“The fact that she has the gall to come here after standing beside her father and acting like this isn't the most atrocious -- This nation still is mortified by what we did with Japanese internment camps,” Dominguez Walton said.

After the lunch, McCarthy and Trump departed Fresno for another GOP fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.
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