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Trumpworld Comes to Anaheim



Lori Levi is selling several Trump items to an audience paying $600 and $1,000 to hear him speak in Anaheim on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. (GV Wire/David Taub)
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ANAHEIM — Families waiting for the shuttle to Disneyland in front of the Anaheim Marriott didn’t know what to make of all the Trump flags and horn-honking cars passing in front of them. They just wanted to get to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Donald Trump is the kenyote speaker for the California GOP convention, lunchtime edition. More than three hours berore the speech, hundreds of Trump lovers lined the halls, waiting to be let into the Marquis Ballroom.

The event is sold out, state party organizers say, with 1,500 tickets sold. Tickets cost $600, with $1,000 getting lunchgoers closer to the front. In all, 128 tables are set up for a lunch of wedge salad and chicken. A mini-bar is selling libations; water and soda go for $8 a pop.

Trump supporters passionately show their love for the former president. (GV Wire/David Taub)

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Dozens of exhibitors have brochures and merchandise for the ready.

Lori Levi of Brietta’s Buttons in Canton, Michigan, paid $1,000 for the right to sell t-shirts ($20-$30), MAGA socks ($10), and a special CCW purse ($85).

“I expect a good day,” she said. She also sells her wares in Fresno County.

MAGA socks sell for $10 at a booth at the California GOP convention. (GV Wire/David Taub)

If the Trump lovers stick around, Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, has the mid-afternoon 3:30 p.m. slot. Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, headlines the 7:30 p.m. dinner.

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Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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