By now, you’ve probably heard that Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, will speak at the University of Florida tonight at 7 p.m.
It’s definitely the most publicized speech at UF since Richard Spencer, the white nationalist, spoke there two years ago.
But a key difference between the two is that Spencer was never invited. Trump Jr. is not only invited, but the student government’s speaker’s bureau is paying him and Guilfoyle $50,000 to speak.
While that may sound like a lot of money for working stiffs like you and me, it’s actually on the low end of what other speakers have been paid by the student government’s speakers bureau, ACCENT.
Here’s a list of recent speakers and what ACCENT says it has paid them from student fees.
1. Pitbull, former Visit Florida spokesman, rapper.
October 2018: $130,000. (That’s nothing compared to what Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion ageny, paid him.)
2. Kevin O’Leary, Canadian businessman, TV star.
March 19: $95,000.
3. Hasan Minhaj, comedian.
April 2019: $78,000.
4. John Kasich, former Ohio governor, Fox News pundit
January 2019: $60,000.
5. Aly Raisman, American Olympic gymnast
November 2018: $56,000.
6. Jay Pharoah, former SNL performer, comedian
July 2018: $52,000.
But while $50,000 might seem like a lot to pay for Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle, it’s hardly out of line with what
Of course, there are other costs associated with a speaker. Safety concerns led UF to (mistakenly) pay $302,000 in security fees when Spencer spoke. With protests guaranteed for Trump Jr., security might come into play tonight, as well.
I’ll be there tonight so follow me for any updates.