Kimberly Guilfoyle, girlfriend to Donald Trump Jr., was reportedly miffed that she wasn’t going to get speaking time at the Stop the Steal Rally on Jan. 6, boasting that she’d raised $3 million for the raucous event.
Guilfoyle did end up speaking on stage before her boyfriend, telling the crowd on Jan. 6: ‘We will not allow the liberals and the Democrats to steal our dream or steal our elections.’
Guilfoyle, a leader of fundraising effort for Donald Trump, wrote in text messages to Katrina Pierson, also voicing support for time at the mic for other far-right activists who aides had deemed too radical to speak at the rally.
Guilfoyle boasted that she had scored a $3 million donation from Publix supermarket heir Julie Jenkins Fancelli.
The rally at the Ellipse only cost about $500,000, around $300,000 of which came from Fancelli, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Guilfoyle is pictured above at a gathering before Trump’s speech on Jan. 6
Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. kiss on stage at the Save America rally
Guilfoyle had reportedly voiced support for speaking slots for far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped organize the rally; former Trump adviser Roger Stone; and InfoWars host Alex Jones.
The former Fox News host and ex-wife of Gavin Newsom also specifically demanded Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who had sued to overturn election results in four states, be granted speaking time.
Guilfoyle, in an exchange with Pierson, the White House liaison for the rally, requested to introduce Trump Jr. at the event. Touting her fundraising numbers, Guilfoyle wrote: ‘Literally one of my donors Julie at 3 million.’
Guilfoyle gave an boisterous speech at the Republican National Convention last August
Jacob Chansley, right with fur hat, during the Capitol riot in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. Chansley armed himself with a six-foot spear, used his bullhorn to rile up other rioters, spewed threats in the Senate gallery
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Jan. 6, 2021
The House select committee investigating Jan. 6 has subpoenaed 30 people in Trump’s orbit, including Wren and Pierson, but not Guilfoyle herself.
Guilfoyle’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, denied that his client had anything to do with fundraising or any say over who was set to speak at the fateful event, where attendees breached the Capitol and five died in the chaos.
ProPublica did not publish screenshots of the text exchange. Tacopina said the message had been ‘taken out of context’ and the text ‘did not relate to the Save America rally.’ He said the ‘content of the message itself’ was ‘inaccurate.’
Guilfoyle reportedly told Pierson she ‘raised so much money for this’ and only wanted to introduce Trump Jr.
Pierson replied that the president was making the call over who would get a chance to speak.
In January 2020, Guilfoyle was appointed national chair of the Trump Victory finance committee, a leading fundraising outlet for Trump’s reelection campaign. She brought on Caroline Wren as her deputy for the committee. Wren has previously claimed to have raised $3 million for the event but that has not been confirmed.
Wren claimed to ProPublica to have no knowledge of Guilfoyle raising any money for the event.
‘To Ms. Wren’s knowledge, Kimberly Guilfoyle had no involvement in raising funds for any events on January 6th,’ a spokesperson for Wren said in a statement. ‘They were both present at a peaceful rally with hundreds of thousands of Americans who were in DC to lawfully exercise their first amendment rights, a primary pillar of American democracy.’
Guilfoyle has not spoken at any Trump rallies since.