Sharp Move: Trump’s Plastic Straws And Sharpies Nets His Campaign Almost $1M
President's merchandise is 'secret' weapon' for 2020
President Donald Trump's piggybacking off his recent media antics to sell merchandise has netted his campaign nearly $1 million in donations, according to reports.
The president's campaign has sold almost 55,000 packs of plastic straws, making over $823,000 in sales.
Additionally, campaign officials have sold around $50,000 worth of Sharpie pens, according to campaign communication director Tim Murtaugh, as per The New York Times.
Murtaugh added that over a third of people who bought the straws had never donated to the campaign.
On September 6, Trump began selling the Sharpies to raise money following a CNN hit piece which criticized him for using a pen on a map to alter Hurricane Dorian’s trajectory.
Trump doubled down on a tweet implying the storm would hit Alabama after facing backlash from left-leaning media outlets who attempted to correct him by showing a map of the path of the hurricane that had been modified with a Sharpie.
Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, announced the marketing ploy in a tweet.
“Buy the official Trump marker, which is different than every other marker on the market, because this one has the special ability to drive @CNN and the rest of the fake news crazy!”
Get Ready: New CNN Hire Is Guaranteed to Let The Fake News Roll…Unless He’s Locked Up First— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) September 15, 2019
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In July, campaign organizers made a similar move by selling pro-Trump plastic straws to trigger liberals pushing to eliminate them to help the environment.
The campaign’s official website is selling branded reusable and recyclable straws for $15 per set.
The straw sold out on at least one e occasion, according to reports.
Supporters of Trump can also buy T-shirts mocking CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who was filmed exploding in an aggressive rage after a Trump supporter called him "Fredo" while asking for a photo.
The T-shirt is designed to parody Cuomo’s claims the name is a slur against Italians.
Neon Nettle has reached out to Murtaugh to ask how the Cuomo T-shirts are selling.