Donald Trump Jr. has had a rocky week. But that din’t stop the first son of President Donald Trump from making a well-received, yet unexpected appearance at a fundraiser at his father’s Mar-a-Lago Club Friday evening.
The annual Lincoln Day event was established years before there was a Trump in the White House. This year’s Republican Party VIP’s were treated to a visit from Donald Trump Jr. who did not give a formal speech, but allowed time for selfies and offered conversation around the pool.
Reports of Trump Jr’s wife, Vanessa, filing for divorce have been at the forefront of media since the news broke late this week. However, those in attendance had nothing but rave reviews for the first son, saying he was genuinely engaged in repartee and “seemed like a really nice guy.”
The evening’s speaker, Sarah Palin, began her address to around 700 eager attendees who spent between $350 – $750 per ticket, with 280 attending a pre-VIP reception costing substantially more.
Palin’s speech lasted a whopping 31 minutes with much of the crowd moving on from listening to the former Vice Presidential candidate to holding boisterous chats of their own. Palin acknowledged the crowd’s lack of interest during the second half of her rhetoric.
The evening’s highlight was a sustained round of applause from the audience as U.S. Representative Brian Mast recognized Coral Springs police Sergeant Jeff Heinrich.
Heinrich was off duty when he heard the call and responded to the horrific mass shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Mast said, “Sergeant Heinrich made a hero’s choice. He raced into gunfire.” The grievous massacre left 17 people dead and 17 wounded.
Governor Rick Scott, who was expected to attend, canceled his appearance due to needs arising from Thursday’s Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge collapse in Sweetwater.