Former Obama Fundraiser Declares Break From Democratic Party, Endorses Trump

Allison Huynh, a former Obama fundraiser and creator of robotics and AI systems company Willow Garage, has announced her departure from the Democratic Party and her support for Donald Trump in the upcoming election. Huynh, who played a significant role in raising funds for Obama in 2008, expressed her growing dissatisfaction with the current state of Democratic policies, particularly in her hometown of San Francisco.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Jesse Watters Primetime,” Huynh explained her reasons for the dramatic shift in allegiance. “Like any divorce, there’s not just one thing, there’s a series of things that led up to it,” she said. Huynh highlighted issues such as rising crime rates and the deteriorating conditions in San Francisco as key factors in her decision. “The [Democrats] were policing the wrong things. The things that we need to police are violent criminals that are scattered throughout the streets of San Francisco, people defecating, shooting up heroin in front of me and my kids, and allowing criminals to go in and steal from our grocery stores, shutting down grocery stores.”

Huynh lamented the lack of basic amenities due to these policies. “I love to cook, and when I wake up in the morning, there’s no grocery stores to go to,” she said. She also expressed concerns about safety, noting, “I love my Peking duck, but I’m afraid to go to Chinatown because of the violent crimes against Asians there. Am I being delusional? I don’t think so.”

Previously, Huynh had detailed to the New York Post her efforts in raising millions of dollars for Obama’s campaign. “My role was to bring in Silicon Valley people for the $50,000- and $100,000-per-plate dinners,” she explained. “[We] brought in [Google co-founders] Sergey [Brin], Larry [Page] and Eric [Schmidt]. Obama was a hopeful candidate who was outside the system.”

Her disillusionment with the current Democratic leadership led her to attend a fundraiser for Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort. “I was surprised when I met Donald Trump. He was light and funny and intelligent. The people there were down-to-earth,” she recounted. Huynh praised Trump’s knowledge and positions on key issues, stating, “I am happy with how knowledgeable Trump is about what is going on with the country and the economy. He had the information. He is all there with the things that matter: education — his kids are well-educated — fighting crime, immigration, and business.”