Media Matters VP Accuses Trump Of Hiring ‘Actors’ For Campaign Launch

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June 17, 2015 10:36 a.m.

A vice president of the liberal watchdog Media Matters For America accused newly-minted presidential candidate Donald Trump of hiring actors to appear at the mogul’s campaign launch on Tuesday.

In a post on Medium, executive VP Angelo Carusone wrote that Trump “seemingly paid some actors to participate in his presidential campaign launch.”

He based the accusation on anonymous “sources” as well as an Instagram post, which has since been taken down, that he said showed a person who is a “paid actor who regularly posts photos from his gigs on social media” and who was at the Trump rally.

Carusone wrote that another person in the same Instagram post was also an actor.

According to sources: some actors were hired to attend and participate in the event; and, a company called Extra Mile NYC connected Trump’s campaign/event organizers with the paid actors.

I reached out to Extra Mile NYC for comment, but they did not respond.

“So there you have it,” Carusone concluded.

Trump’s press secretary did not immediately respond to request from TPM for comment on Wednesday.

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