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Trump, NC GOP now shamelessly attempting to cash in on masks – what’s next?

President Trump

Today’s “you can’t make this stuff up” story from Trumpland: a new fundraising appeal in which the commander-in-chief’s supporters tout — we are not making this up — “Exclusive Trump 2020 Face Masks.”

Yes — remember all that stuff about Trump not wearing a mask and refusing to even acknowledge that the practice is a good idea? Well, he’s changed his tune on the issue recently and while the switcheroo was horrifically and destructively tardy, one supposes that it’s a case of better late than never.

All that said, the shamelessness of the new cash request is striking.

According to the new electronic appeal sent out Tuesday morning, donors can send in as little as $35 to the North Carolina Republican Party and get three masks featuring Trump’s name and an outline of the state of North Carolina. Click here to visit the website to which the email links.

Some deal, huh?

Of course, if this new scheme is in keeping with Trump’s longstanding and well-earned record of delivering lousy products and services to (and taking every possible advantage of) those with whom he does business, it won’t be at all surprising if:

a) the masks are real cheapos made from toxic Russian tissue paper,

b) a Trump family member has figured out some way to profit personally from the scheme, and

c) this is just the first in a series of efforts by the Trumpists to capitalize on rapidly evolving public opinion trends by cynically appropriating ideas they long opposed. Just watch — if they can figure out a way to spin it, it won’t be long till Trump is selling reversible masks that feature a Confederate flag on one side and the words “Black Lives Matter” on the other.

4 Comments


  1. Janie Mac Neela

    July 22, 2020 at 8:55 am

    President Trump’s sudden ‘enlightenment’ about wearing masks is nothing more than a campaign ploy in the face of his dropping poll numbers. His handlers have likely convinced him that he can win back the GOP voters who’ve been dissatisfied with his management of our crisis and have publicly stated their reluctant plans to vote for the opposition. His body language and tone during his recent White House COVID update clearly conveyed reluctance, which convinced me that resuming these briefings was not his plan. It’s a marketing move. His overall demeanor & body language in recent weeks is similar, as he’s faced significant downturn in poll numbers, lost opportunities to preach to his fervent MAGA supporters as numerous rallies have been squelched, and the looming cancellation of the Republican National Convention after he grandstanded Gov Cooper’s opposition to the Charlotte destination and moved it to FL and a more friendly GOP Governor. But now the explosion of COVID cases in FL and need for increased restrictions have imposed a huge challenge for gathering thousands of his fans. The final straw is now the announcement by local law enforcement that they will be unable to provide adequate security for the convention.
    President Trump’s resumption of COVID updates and his mask ‘recommendation’ is his response to this cumulative rip current resulting from his pathetic leadership & management choices throughout our nation’s most challenging crisis. It’s pure theater, NOW telling us to wear masks & socially distance. And his continued lack of concern for the living, the sick, and nearly 140,000 Americans we’ve lost thus far is most disturbing but unfortunately, nothing new.

  2. Charles Maness

    July 22, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Democratic fund-raisers are doing the same thing. I receive at least four emails every day showing me the mask I’ll get if I donate.

  3. Linda Wise

    July 22, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I have several of his produ ts and none of them are made in China. They are all American made and well made. So you are just full of nonsense. You

  4. Becky Armstrong

    July 23, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I’m grateful to all who are wearing any kind of mask. Charles, I get a lot of political mail, but haven’t received anything from Democrats about masks. Where can I get one?

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