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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.
We rate this headline True.
Shop.DonaldJTrump.com, 2020, Accessed July 22, 2019
Shop.DonaldJTrump.com, Trump Straws - Pack of 10, Accessed July 22, 2019
PJ Media, Triggering Leftists, Trump's Reelection Campaign Is Selling Plastic Straws, July 20, 2019
LouderwithCrowder.com, Trump Trolls Leftists by Selling Plastic Straws on Campaign Site, July 21, 2019
New York Post, Trump fighting ‘liberal paper straws’ with $15 plastic set during campaign, July 21, 2019
PoliticalCowboy.com, Trump Campaign’s Latest Merch Offering Is Absolutely Brilliant, July 22, 2019
Email exchange with the Trump campaign, July 22, 2019
Brad Parscale tweet, July 18, 2019
Brad Parscale tweet, July 19, 2019
Brad Parscale tweet, July 22, 2019
Elizabeth Harrington tweet, July 19, 2019
The Hill, Trump: 'We have bigger problems than plastic straws,’ July 19, 2019
The Washington Post, Trump: ‘I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws,’ July 19, 2019
California Legislative Information, AB-1884 Food facilities: single-use plastic straws, September 20, 2018
Business Insider, California just became the first US state to ban plastic straws in restaurants — unless customers ask, September 21, 2018
CBS News, Seattle becomes first U.S. city to ban plastic utensils and straws, July 2, 2019
SF Environment, Plastic, Litter, and Toxics Reduction Law, Accessed July 23, 2019
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