Conservative media outlets have circulated articles claiming that President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign is selling plastic straws with the president’s name on them.
"Triggering leftists, Trump's reelection campaign is selling plastic straws," reads a headline from one of the outlets, PJ Media, on July 20, 2019.
One website, PoliticalCowboy.com, praises the merchandise as "brilliant, hilarious and timely" and mentions that "bans on single-use plastics (especially drinking straws) are all the rage in leftist circles today." LouderWithCrowder.com described Trump’s "troll game" as "top notch."
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"Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today," reads the description of the straws.
The campaign told PolitiFact that the straws were added to the online store last week.
Local and state governments, such as Seattle and California, have enacted restrictions on single-use plastic straws. Alternative straws, such as paper ones, are being sold in affected areas like San Francisco.
The stories shared on Facebook follow a July 18 tweet from Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign manager, about paper straws.
The Trump straws sold out on July 19, according to a tweet from Elizabeth Harrington, national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Parscale tweeted later that day that they were "once again available."
Parscale also tweeted July 22 that the campaign had raised more than $200,000 from the Trump straws.
We have sold more than 140,000 straws. That is over $200,000 raised.— Brad Parscale (@parscale) July 22, 2019
More than half of all Straw purchasers were BRAND NEW small dollar donors.
The Trump campaign is selling plastic straws. They are advertised as reusable.
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