Trump ‘grasps at straws’ on campaign website

August 1, 2019

Slightly more than half (51%) of U.S. voters already think that President Donald Trump is a “man of straw,” according to a poll released this week by Fox News. Now, the other half can buy a box of ten plastic straws—laser-engraved with the name, TRUMP—on  the Trump/Pence campaign website for $15.

This marketing ploy is being used at a time when environmentalists are trying to wean the public off plastic. Several major U.S. cities have moved to ban single-use plastic straws from restaurants and coffee shops. A number of businesses have switched to paper alternatives —or have adopted a policy only to provide plastic straws upon request.

The campaign website says, “Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today.”

What’s more, it’s working. The U.S. president’s re-election campaign has raised nearly $500,000 selling the red plastic straws, alone, according to a report by Canada’s National Post.

In fact, in a July 18 tweet, Brad Parscale, the U.S. president’s 2020 campaign manager, said they had to restock the merchandise after selling out with their first several thousand orders.

The move comes after Parscale tweeted about his frustration with paper straws, when one he was using ripped: “I’m so over paper straws. #LiberalProgress. This is exactly what [Democrats] would do to the economy as well. Squeeze it until it doesn’t work,” read the tweet.

Research contact: @nationalpost

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