Guilfoyle is shown breaking into a hip-shaking dance while backstage before the rally started, and is then heard encouraging the crowd to “fight” for Trump. Donald Trump Jr., right, smiles along with his girlfriend KimberlyGuilfoyle prior to a news conference at Georgia Republican Party headquarters Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/John Blakemore) Guilfoyle ’s name came up as one of those in Trump’s family and inner circle who, many said, should be investigated for inciting violence committed by the president’s supporters. But the Justice Department appeared to switch gears Friday, with an official saying that Trump and other speakers at the rally were not expected to be criminally charged for inciting a riot.
Another DOJ official told reporters that the federal investigation is focused solely on criminal acts at the Capitol building. The investigation continues as House Democrats moved closer to introducing an impeachment resolution next week, possibly for “incitement of insurrection,” CNN reported.
Legal experts also said the First Amendment could make it difficult for Trump and others to be prosecuted for impassioned speeches. But even if Guilfoyle can’t be prosecuted, she was nonetheless being scrutinized on social media for her starring role in the video, apparently filmed by Trump Jr., before the start of the rally.
Guilfoyle, in a black cape, turns to the camera and briefly breaks into the hip-shaking dance she’s been showcasing at other recent pro-Trump rallies. During her speech, Guilfoyle, who was a top fundraiser for Trump’s campaign, repeated his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.
After calling Trump the most “impactful, transformative” president America has ever seen, Guilfoyle said, “We will continue to hold the line across the incredible country, because we finally had a president in the White House who knows what it means to put America first … who stands for veterans and law enforcement and the American family.” Guilfoyle ’s voice also rose to a yell, which has become her signature speaking style since the Republican National Convention.
One of the Trump campaign's most visible surrogates and fundraisers, former Fox News host KimberlyGuilfoyle, was pushed out of the network two years ago after her female assistant accused her of sexual harassment, according to a report in The New Yorker. The unnamed young woman filed a 42-page list of complaints against Guilfoyle, which led to the staffer eventually being awarded a nearly $4 million payout, according to Mayer.
The assistant also claimed that Guilfoyle engaged in an attempted cover-up, promising the young woman hush money and other perks if she stayed silent about her experiences at work. Guilfoyle also publicly defended Miles, pressured other female Fox staffers to do the same, and allegedly worked to smear Carlson's reputation.
Guilfoyle's assistant claimed that her former boss insinuated she would denigrate her and expose her private affairs if she didn't lie to the lawyers investigating harassment. People close to the operation acknowledge that Parkas was an unorthodox hire but pointed out that she had spent years raising money for an array of causes.
The task of shepherding mid level donors demands a high level of organization and staff coordination, with outreach to thousands of people who are neither mega donors with bottomless bank accounts nor smaller contributors being hit up for a few hundred dollars at most. Those involved with the campaign describe the 51-year-old Guilfoyle, who took on the finance chair role in February, as one of the president’s most tenacious fundraisers.
The former Fox News host has taken on the challenging task of developing a traditional donor network, something George W. Bush made famous with his “Pioneer” program, but which the anti-establishment Trump has struggled to create. Her department raises money into Trump Victory, a joint account between the reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee.
While Guilfoyle ’s team is mainly responsible for gathering $2,800 checks, the committee focuses on collecting donations into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. “ Kimberly is one of the president’s strongest and hardest-working advocates, and he is lucky to have her fighting in his corner,” said Donna McDaniel, the RNC chair.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “When it comes to raising valuable resources and connecting with voters, KimberlyGuilfoyle is putting on a master class.” But in the days after, aides expressed annoyance about a press release issued afterward that quoted Guilfoyle but made no mention of anyone else who helped organize the effort.
The campaign signed off on plans for tickets to the event, which coincided with the anniversary of Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to be made available to donors for $1,000. In March, two staffers chose not to fly commercial and instead took the private jet of a major Trump donor to the president’s Mar-A-Lago resort for a finance event.
Staffers on the reelection effort are typically expected to book travel on an internal office database and use low-cost commercial flights. In response to inquiries for this story, the campaign provided statements from finance team members who lavished praise on Guilfoyle.
KimberlyGuilfoyle waves after speaking at a campaign event for U.S. President Donald Trump at ... Extreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2021 in Henderson, Nevada. The complaint alleges Guilfoyle told the assistant to “submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men,” demanded they share a room on business trips and “required her to sleep over at her apartment,” all of which made her feel “deeply uncomfortable,” according to the New Yorker.
Since her departure from Fox News, Guilfoyle has led a joint fundraising effort between the Trump reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee. She’s become a prominent Trump surrogate and made waves with a fiery speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention.
“They want to destroy this country and everything that we have fought for and hold dear,” she said, arms raised, creating a striking and meme-able image. At the time, she was a co-host of the political chat show “The Five.” Media reports suggested that she had been accused of workplace impropriety, including displaying lewd pictures of male genitalia to colleagues, but few additional details of misbehavior emerged.
Guilfoyle publicly denied any wrongdoing, and last year a lawyer representing her told The New Yorker that “any suggestion” she had “engaged in misconduct at Fox is patently false.” But, as I reported at the time, shortly after Guilfoyle left her job, Fox secretly paid an undisclosed sum to the assistant, who no longer works at the company. Recently, two well-informed sources told me that Fox, in order to avoid going to trial, had agreed to pay the woman upward of four million dollars.
The former assistant has not been publicly identified, and, out of respect for the rights of alleged victims of sexual harassment, The New Yorker is honoring her confidentiality. The draft complaint also alleged that Guilfoyle spoke incessantly and luridly about her sex life, and on one occasion demanded a massage of her bare thighs; other times, she said, Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men, asked her to critique her naked body, demanded that she share a room with her on business trips, required her to sleep over at her apartment, and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable.
As serious as the draft complaint’s sexual-harassment allegations were, equally disturbing was what the assistant described as a cover up attempt by Guilfoyle, whose conduct was about to come under investigation by a team of outside lawyers. In July 2016, the network had hired the New York-based law firm Paul, Weiss to investigate sexual misconduct at the company, which, under the leadership of Roger Miles, had a long history of flagrant harassment and gender discrimination.
According to those familiar with the assistant’s draft complaint, during a phone call on August 6, 2017, she alleged that Guilfoyle tried to buy her silence, offering to arrange a payment to her if she agreed to lie to the Paul, Weiss lawyers about her experiences. The alleged offering of hush money brings to mind Trump’s payments to the porn star Stormy Daniels, in order to cover up his sexual impropriety.
People close to Guilfoyle called the assistant’s allegation untrue, and said they were shocked that she would fabricate such a false claim. During my career, I have served as a mentor to countless women, with many of whom I remain exceptionally close to this day.” John Singer, her lawyer, said that he would not comment.
According to the former assistant’s account, she declined what she regarded as Guilfoyle ’s attempts to buy her off, and refused to conceal evidence or lie. Michele Horseman, the partner at Paul, Weiss who oversaw the investigation at Fox, didn’t respond to my requests for comment.
When asked about reports suggesting that Guilfoyle had received full payment for the remaining time on the contract, the spokesperson said that they were “not accurate.” In the 2020 campaign, Trump has spotlighted no woman more brightly than Guilfoyle, who has been crisscrossing the country as his surrogate, on what is billed as the “Four More Tour.” Photograph by Matt Rourke / AP / Shutterstock The New Yorker, however, was able to independently confirm several of the assistant’s accusations.
At the same time, the former colleague didn’t want to be complicit in behavior that she regarded as crude, unprofessional, and legally troubling. Yet the assistant has alleged, both in her draft complaint and to confidants, that Guilfoyle contributed to, and even defended, the sexually hostile work environment at Fox News.
In an interview with Ad week, Guilfoyle claimed that she had spoken with more than thirty women at Fox, and said, “Nobody that I’ve spoken to said that this was their experience.” Two months before Fox settled with Carlson, for twenty million dollars, Guilfoyle gave an interview to Breitbart in which she vouched for Miles’s “character, integrity, and credibility,” saying, “I’ve known the man very well the last 15 years. Guilfoyle reportedly led a public-relations campaign, coordinated with Miles, in which she implied to women at Fox that their careers would suffer if they didn’t back him.
At the time, a widely circulated story line suggested that she had left the network in order to avoid conflicts of interest posed by her deepening romance with Donald Trump, Jr. In fact, soon after Guilfoyle left Fox, in July 2018, she joined Trump’s reelection campaign, as vice-chair of America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC.
Last December, reportedly at the President’s request, Guilfoyle was asked to become the head of fund-raising for Trump Victory, his main campaign organization. In March, an opulent fifty-first-birthday party was held for Guilfoyle at Trump’s private Mar-A-Lago Club, in Palm Beach, and, according to the Times, the festivities were paid for, in part, by campaign donors.
According to The Washington Post, only three days after Newsom was sworn in as mayor, Guilfoyle flew to New York City to start a new job as a host on a show for Court TV. Guilfoyle and Gavin Newsom announced their divorce in a statement issued by the San Francisco City Hall mayor's office: “Unfortunately, the demands of our respective careers have made it too difficult for us to continue as a married couple.
A friend of the couple said Newsom and Guilfoyle's bi-coastal arrangement took its toll on the relationship: “It's no secret that they have been leading separate lives,” the source said. Since their split, both parties have moved on to other relationships, and for Guilfoyle, her new partner is bringing her into the presidential spotlight.
KimberlyGuilfoyle got to know the Trump family while working in New York, especially when she joined Fox News in 2006. She wrote, directed and produced three documentaries: Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In, and The Great American Lie.
The Republican power couple has devoted much of its time to campaigning and working on behalf of Trump Jr.'s father, President Donald Trump (via Elle), but Guilfoyle and Don Jr. have enjoyed some time to themselves. According to their Instagram feeds, they stay very active by taking adventurous day trips together.
“Enjoying the outdoors with @donaldjtrumpjr,” Guilfoyle captioned a photo from a fishing trip in May 2019. “The stakes have never been higher in a presidential election,” she said in a statement announcing her role with the committee, per The Hill.
“The President's record of success is drawing unprecedented support from across the country and these crucial financial resources will ensure he's in a strong position to win in November.” Kimberly has been a powerful and effective leader and surrogate for President Trump and her expanded role will only make the re-election campaign stronger,” campaign manager Brad Par scale told The Hill.