Biden Skips Officer’s Wake to Attend Fundraiser

( – Family members, peers, and officials recently gathered to honor the life of New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Jonathan Diller, who died in the line of duty on March 25. Former President Donald Trump made plans to be there, as did New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Notably absent from the wake was President Joe Biden, who was scheduled instead to attend a multi-million-dollar fundraiser.

Diller, 31, lost his life while conducting what should have been a routine traffic stop. He and his partner approached the suspect’s vehicle for being parked illegally at a bus stop. The victim tried to get 34-year-old Guy Rivera, who had 21 prior arrests, out of the vehicle. Instead of complying, the individual allegedly opened fire, hitting Diller in the stomach and causing life-threatening injuries.

The fallen officer had been with the NYPD for three years. He leaves behind his wife and 1-year-old child.

Trump 2024 National Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt posted on X, the social media outlet formerly known as Twitter, that Trump would be at Diller’s wake. She added that while the MAGA leader was honoring a fallen hero, “Crooked” Joe Biden would be attending a “fancy fundraiser” alongside former Presidents Clinton and Obama. Many responders cheered on Trump for supporting the officer, while others used the platform to air their political grievances.

The New York gala fundraiser took place at Radio City Music Hall and had a guest list of over 5,000. Tickets started at $250 each, but spots at a separate, more exclusive reception cost up to $500,000 a pop. An additional $100,000 gave individuals the opportunity to pose with Biden, Obama, and Clinton for pictures by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The main event centered around a moderated discussion between Biden and the two former presidents, headed by “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert. The presidents also attended a virtual event, which cost each participant $25 to attend.

Biden’s re-election campaign planned to rake in up to $25 million from the event.

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