New York City’s elite Metropolitan Republican Club has lost 20% of its members since the start of a blatant anti-Trump purge that GotNews exclusively reported last month, as only 2 of 17 speakers invited to speak at the club over the last 2 years were vocally pro-Trump, according to records obtained exclusively by GotNews — the rest of the list included people like anti-Trump failed presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham.
Both Jeb Bush Sr. and Jeb Bush Jr. were welcomed to speak at the Club, as well as anti-Trump South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Anti-Trump media people like John Fund of the National Review and Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal also spoke. John Sununu, who wrote a column titled ‘Don’t Drink The Trump Kool-Aid’ spoke at the Club too, as well as former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, who pledged opposition to Trump in an open letter in March 2016.
The only two speakers on the list who openly supported now-President Donald J. Trump at the time of their speeches to the Club were two Trump campaign surrogates: Roger Stone (who spoke in mid-May 2016) and Carl Paladino (who spoke in mid-June 2016).
Stone and Paladino were only allowed to speak well after Trump had secured the Republican Party nomination. According to reports from inside the club, even at that late date it ruffled feathers on the board to have these Trump surrogates speak. Even well after the election, on the February 14, 2017 episode of the Gavin McInnes Show, Club board member Robert Morgan III took a jab at both pro-Trump speakers saying about Roger Stone: “With respect to being a serious political figure – he’s just NOT,” and claimed Carl Paladino had been “barred from the Trump organization”.
Ann Coulter, who is on the record as a Metropolitan Republican Club member and an avid Trump supporter was welcomed to speak at the club June 7, 2015, before Trump announced, and then welcomed back August 28, 2016, well after the Republican nomination had been secured.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his family were allowed to hold three events at the Club in the run-up to the New York state Republican primary in 2016, while Trump’s surrogates were kept out until very late in the process.
Per the Club’s list of speakers, only vocally anti-Trump or Trump-neutral speakers were allowed to speak during the year-long Republican primary period that lasted from Donald J. Trump’s announcement in June 2015 to the time he secured the nomination in May 2016.
Not one Trump supporter or surrogate was allowed to speak during that time, an issue that caused quite a rift in the club, leading up to the January 31, 2017 Trump purging of the board that GotNews exclusively reported and was later picked up by the New York Post.
“The people trying to bring a wider variety of speakers into the club were fought every step of the way,” said Met Club member Allan Stevo. “They had a fantastic plan for using a national speaker series to help rebuild the membership roles. Ultimately they were thrown off the board.”
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On January 31, 2017, five Trump supporters were wrongly and forcibly purged from the board of the Metropolitan Republican Club – Georgia Palmieri, Alain Palmieri, Sandra Chase, Allan Stevo, and Michael Javelos. The Purge was led by Club President Deborah Coughlin (2015-2017), former Club President Peter C. Hein an attorney at the white glove law firm Watchell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz (1980-1985), the son of a former Club President Robert L. Morgan III (2006-2012), Club Chairman Ian Walsh Reilly, and Club Secretary Jeff Charles Goolsby.
Before the Trump supporters were purged from the board, the club saw as many as five speakers in some months. In February and March 2017, in contrast, the club schedule shows only one speaker each month. According to club president Deborah Coughlin, who spoke the night of the annual meeting, the club now has 430 members, a statistic met that night with applause. Unfortunately, this is a sharp decline of more than 20% from months earlier when Trump supporters started to be marginalized on the club’s board and in club activities.
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