Southern California has welcomed President Biden as he and First Lady Jill Biden have been campaigning for his re-election. Two “campaign meetings,” as characterized by the White House, and two bigger fund-raisers were part of the weekend’s events. In their anticipated rematch, recent surveys have shown that Biden may come out on the losing end of a Trump/Biden showdown. A varied group of young people have threatened to not vote for Biden in 2024 because of his unwavering support for Israel’s war in Gaza and his failure to allay fears about an improved economy.
Democrats have historically relied on the liberal Los Angeles region for financial support. Steven Spielberg, Rob Reiner, Shonda Rhimes, Jon Hamm, Barbra Streisand, and Lenny Kravitz were among the famous faces who showed up to a party that raised more than $7 million, with ticket prices ranging from $1,000 to $500,000.
Biden focused his speech at a second fundraiser on Saturday at the residence of investors José Feliciano and Kwanza Jones on his administration’s accomplishments for Black, Latino, and L.G.B.T.Q. Constituents.
Longtime Hollywood mogul and Biden Victory Fund co-chair Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that the 36 hours of activities were a sneak peek of the region’s fundraising efforts next year.
Many prominent figures, including politicians, showed their support for Biden and their contempt for his probable opponent. On Friday, two of California’s most prominent politicians—Representative Nancy Pelosi and Governor Gavin Newsom—were there, and on Saturday, Senator Alex Padilla was there. An unexpected co-sponsor of Friday’s fundraiser was millionaire Rick Caruso, a recent convert to the Democratic Party who was unsuccessful in his run for Los Angeles mayor last year.
While in New York City on Saturday, Trump once again flipped the script, accusing “Crooked Joe Biden” of being the real danger to democracy and claiming that the charge that he is the danger was the “newest hoax” from the Democrats.