February 1, 2023

A pro-Trump organizer’s mansion was just raided and police found a disgusting scene involving 136 neglected dogs inside

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A bizarre new story from The New York Post provides a snapshot of the kind of people who actively support Donald Trump, and the resulting portrait is deeply disturbing. This week, authorities raided a multimillion-dollar mansion in Orange County, California to investigate reports of animal cruelty. The house, owned by Ed and Jo Reitkopp, was found to be “poop-filled” and 136 dogs were discovered inside, neglected and in need of rescue.


Jo Reitkoop is the head of “Make California Great Again,” a pro-Trump organization with the explicit goal of defeating progressive candidates at the ballot box. But even by the odious standards of Trump supporters, what police found in the Reitkoop estate was shocking.

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“There was very little furniture inside of that residence, and there was dog excrement, urine all over, inside, on the floor. It appeared to be unlivable. The smell was unbearable for me. I’m surprised how people can live in that situation,” said Sergeant Phil McMullen of the Orange PD.

The mansion has been declared uninhabitable and the Reitkoops have been cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty, although ABC 7 reports that the charges could eventually be upped to felonies.

It’s possible although still unconfirmed that the couple may have been operating a puppy mill. One neighbor, Lisa Paul, told The New York Post that she purchased a puppy from the Reitkoops nine years ago, but it had health issues and died a little over four years later. Paul paid $1,500 to purchase the dog.

Jo Reitkoop is active on Twitter, where she constantly defends and praises President Trump. More unsettling still, she appears to be a believer in the debunked and totally unhinged pro-Trump “QAnon” conspiracy as evinced by the “WWG1WGA” in her Twitter bio. It stands for “Where We Go One, We Go All” and is used to signal to other believers that one is part of the fringe movement.

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Clearly, there is something very wrong with this woman. At least now she will no longer be able to mistreat those poor animals.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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