Real-estate mogul Donald Trump is being accused of hiring actors to cheer for him at his 2016 presidential-campaign announcement in New York City on Tuesday.
The allegations first surfaced in a post by anti-Trump activist and liberal blogger Angelo Carusone that was published on Medium shortly after Trump's announcement on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter said it obtained an email that came from a casting company named Extra Mile offering actors $50 to attend the event and pose as Trump supporters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the email was sent Friday:
"We are looking to cast people for the event to wear T-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement," the email said. "We understand this is not a traditional 'background job,' but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought."
Business Insider called Extra Mile about the accusation. The woman who answered the phone hung up, and subsequent calls to the company reached an answering machine.
Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski did respond to The Hollywood Reporter; he denied hiring actors and said he had never heard of Extra Mile Casting.
"Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker," Lewandowski said. "The crowds are large, often record-setting, and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations. Mr. Trump's message is, 'Make America great again.'"
Business Insider attended Trump's announcement and spoke with some of the people who were there cheering him on. They said they were not paid by the campaign.
So what do you think? Trump stated there were "thousands" of supporters in attendance. Were they there by their own accord? Or did he pay people to support him?
Trump also stated he'd like Oprah to be his running mate. Do you think she'll jump on board with The Donald in 2016? Or would someone else be a better VP? Tell us what you think. Sound off below.
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