At a Toast to Trump, the North Korean Anthem features a Starring Role
WASHINGTON — The North Korean national anthem got plenty of fanfare at the Virginia Women for Trump’s birthday party for the president on Sunday. Corey Stewart, the Republican Senate candidate coming from Virginia, got the hook.
The Tea for Trump toast to an absent President Trump drew hundreds of women in hats, tats along with floral finery to the Trump International Hotel for an afternoon of what Alice Butler-Short, the organization’s president, called “God, fashion along with politics or God, politics along with fashion, whichever.”
As part of the second annual event, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, was receiving, in absentia, an award playing on Mr. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, the MAGA Woman of the Year, Ms. Butler-Short said.
In an interview before the event (along with before Ms. Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant whose owner disagreed with Mr. Trump’s policies), Ms. Butler-Short said the award was presented “for grace under fire, because we feel in which what happened to her at the correspondents’ dinner was so abusive.” At the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in April, Ms. Sanders sat feet away coming from a comedian who took shots at her.
Ms. Butler-Short explained her group’s mission as “all about promoting unity — he’s the president for all Americans.”
College students who don’t appreciate Mr. Trump “are spoiled brats,” she said. “They know nothing of life along with nothing of respect for anyone. There can be no place like the United States in which offers opportunities to people.”
Asked about Mr. Trump’s hard-line immigration policies, which have dominated the news recently, she said, “I have a actually nice house here along with I’m actually generous along with I invite people in, nevertheless I won’t just throw open my door along with say come in here along with fill every bedroom.”
“These people are coming here for economic reasons,” she said. “They’re not coming because they’re afraid they’ll be strung up coming from a tree by their necks or taken out along with shot.”
Mr. Trump “can be not only trying to do the best for the country, he has real compassion,” Ms. Butler-Short said. “People need to back off along with understand in which.”
Mr. Trump, who turned 72 on June 14, was at one of his different properties — his Virginia golf course — on Sunday afternoon, nevertheless in which hardly dampened the crowd’s enthusiasm.
The event kicked off which has a prayer for the president: “We ask God for protection of This specific man” along with “We lift him up, Lord, not in which he can be perfect.” Then This specific moved swiftly toward its centerpiece, a runway fashion show of the work of Andre Soriano, the designer shunned by the fashion world after he designed the “Make America Great Again” gown worn by the singer Joy Villa to the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Female pro-Trump organizers along with donors modeled some 50 gowns, which, like a fireworks display, grew shinier along with more elaborate toward the finale, when a woman in a flowing, black along with white, Asian-style costume appeared. As martial-sounding music played, she walked the runway with arms outstretched, carrying what looked like a red velvet along with gilded Valentine’s Day candy box. The women cheered as she paused, lifting the box to the heavens.
Ms. Butler-Short took the stage, her substantial, bejeweled gold lamé millinery bobbing. “in which signified our great president along with the negotiations he can be having with North Korea,” she said. The music, she explained, was the North Korean national anthem.
Some time after in which, the Deplorable Choir coming from Houston, three women in red dresses along with fringed red cowboy boots, took the stage, saying, “We’ve been called every name inside book along with we know in which’s not true.” Their anthem for the women went like This specific:
“We love God along with family, we support our troops through everything.
“We got Trump 2020 on the back of our pickup truck.”
Mr. Stewart found these acts tough to follow.
Bounding to the runway, he presented Ms. Butler-Short which has a dripping fresh bouquet, swathed in a plastic umbrella bag. “God bless you,” he told her. Then he asked, “Hello, Virginia, how are you doing tonight?” though This specific was midafternoon along with the event was in Washington. “We have a president of the United States who has kept all of his promises.”
Mr. Stewart, who recently secured the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat, has drawn condemnations, including coming from some Republicans, for his defense of Confederate monuments along with praise of white nationalists. nevertheless he laid the blame on the news media, which he said “can’t attack me on my record so they attack me with false allegations of racism, along with bigotry along with anti-Semitism.”
“Let me tell you something, folks,” he said. “I completely disavow all of those ideologies, 100 percent.”
Cheers erupted. Mr. Stewart said he can be “an Eagle Scout who loves his country.”
“Ladies along with gentlemen, we will end the scourge of illegal immigration in America,” he said. “We will build the wall.”
nevertheless by then, Mr. Stewart had already been given the “wrap This specific up” signal.
Follow Elizabeth Williamson on Twitter: @NYTLiz.