Donald Trump to headline Lee County GOP dinner
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The Lee County GOP Chair announced the news on Facebook.

Donald Trump will headline the Lincoln Day dinner for the Republican Party of Lee County.

Lee County GOP Chair Mike Thompson announced on Facebook the former President will trek from Mar-A-Lago to Fort Myers for the event. Several prominent figures within the Make America Great Again movement will also share the bill.

“We are excited to host President Trump in Lee County, FL,” Thompson said in a statement. “It is a very exciting time for the LCREC and we are preparing for a wonderful evening with a great dinner, silent auction and amazing speakers.”

Thompson teased the announcement a day prior. “The (eyes) of the nation will fall upon us tomorrow,” he posted.

The event will take place April 21 at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center. A VIP reception will be held at 5 p.m. with the dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets will go on sale March 1 for REC members and to the public on March 15.

U.S. Reps. Byron Donalds, a Naples Republican, and Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, will also speak.

Roger Stone, a longtime advisor to Trump, will appear at the event as well. So will conservative rappers Bryson Gray and Forgiato Blow, who have frequently appeared alongside Stone.

Thompson and a slate of allies took over the county Republican Executive Committee (REC) in a close election in December. The race was seen by many as part of a broader effort to elect America First candidates loyal to Trump leading county parties throughout the state of Florida.

Those close to county party leadership downplayed any notion the race should be seen as part of any ongoing rivalry between Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also expected to run for President this cycle.

A Trump appearance likely proves of greatest consequence in terms of fundraising potential. In the past, Trump has helped local parties raise massive amounts while also increasing his profile. He already announced he’s running for President in 2024.

Chris Crowley, a former state committeeman in Lee County, said he feels this indicates that a complete turnover in the local REC will still prove successful.

“The people who lost in the GOP REC race have really been trash-talking the REC,” Crowley said. “They walked out because Michael Thompson won and (Vice Chair) Tara Jenner won. But now Michael Thompson and Tara Jenner have scheduled the single greatest turnout generator for a Lincoln Day dinner.”

The new leadership boasts close ties to former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, a Venice resident who remains a key figure in the MAGA movement. Flynn will pre-record a message to play at the event.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • gloriajame

    February 15, 2023 at 1:54 pm


  • Elliott Offen

    February 15, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    It will be a snake oil festival, carnival grift, and cheesey side show for his own self promotion. Who will not be invited are the kinds of people who were at the Capitol on January the 6th. He called them low class and trashy people. Look it up if you have an ounce of critical thinking left after you submitted yourself to such a filthy rotten monger.

    • Helen Godman

      February 22, 2023 at 12:57 pm

      Why don’t foul rotten Democrats or Demonic-rats like you, troll somewhere else. Wrong neighborhood… try Cuba, Venezuela or maybe China for like minded thinkers and card carrying Commies. Russia is probably too good for you, at least they admit they are enemies of America. You want to destroy us from within by economic suicide perpetuated by the Globalists & Socialist Green movement lies and propaganda. You own the own media and want to end free speech. Then, just like in China, no one can complain or stop you. Good Luck you Cretan.

  • A.E.R.

    February 17, 2023 at 3:15 am

    Plenty of right-wing, Nazi-sympathetic signs, flags, t-shirts, and bumper stickers to be proudly displayed and sold at these Dumpf sideshows. All cheaply MadeInChina™︎ of course. Bring your cash and credit cards! Hear the Orange Carnival Barker while you shop!

  • Tom

    February 17, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Jeez – we’re just getting over the damned hurricane and now this blowhard is coming to town. We can’t seem to catch a break.

  • Lynn

    February 18, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    So how much did soros pay you traitor shills to come on here and cry orange man bad? How pathetic it must be that after 6 years he still lives rent free in your fragile little heads that you have to take time out of your day to cry about it on the internet. Now then little beta shills, get out of my beautiful free state go to california with the rest of the kid diddling, gender bending freaks where you belong.

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