The Tea for Trump toast to an absent President Trump drew hundreds of women in hats, tats and floral finery to the Trump International Hotel for an afternoon of what Alice Butler-Short, the organization’s president, called “God, fashion and politics or God, politics and 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.
Female pro-Trump organizers and donors modeled some 50 gowns, which, like a fireworks display, grew shinier and more elaborate toward the finales. At one key moment, a woman in a flowing, black and white, Asian-style costume appeared. As martial-sounding music played, she walked the runway with arms outstretched, carrying what looked like a red velvet and 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. “That signified our great president and the negotiations he is having with North Korea,” she said. The music, she explained, was the North Korean national anthem.
Some time after that, the Deplorable Choir from Houston, three women in red dresses and fringed red cowboy boots, took the stage, saying, “We’ve been called every name in the book and we know that’s not true.” Their anthem for the women went like this:
“We love God and family, we support our troops through everything.
“We got Trump 2020 on the back of our pickup truck.”
The GOP is a cult.