Donald Trump’s reelection campaign raised more than $200,000 just by selling plastic ‘Trump’ branded straws on the online store.
As of Friday, the straws were sold out, but they are back up on the website and available in packs of 10 for $15.
‘We have sold more than 140,000 straws,’ Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Monday. ‘That is over $200,000 raised.’
Parscale also noted that more than 7,000 of packages of red plastic straws purchased were from first time small dollar donors for Trump’s 2020 campaign.
‘More than half of all Straw purchasers were BRAND NEW small dollar donors. Amazing!’ he posted to Twitter.
President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign brought in more than $200,000 over the weekend by selling plastic Trump-branded straws on his campaign website
Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, touted that 14,000 people ordered the straws
He also said more than half of those who purchased the plastic straws were new small dollar donors that had not contributed to Trump’s 2020 campaign before
Trump is already millions ahead of any of the 25 Democratic candidates running for president, bringing in $108 million in the second quarter of 2019.
The straws were launched last week, and sold out in a day – especially after Trump told reporters during a departure from the White House Friday afternoon that he was fed up with liberals’ focusing on banning plastic straws.
‘What about the plates and the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger?’ Trump responded when asked about the issue by DailyMail.com when leaving for his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey for the weekend.
‘I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws,’ he said, a day after his campaign began posting online ads selling Trump straws.
The plastic straws were posted to Trump’s campaign website late last week, and are advertised as ‘reusable’
‘What about the plates and the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger?’ Trump questioned when DailyMail.com asked him about the plastic straw debate Friday
A Trump campaign email laments that paper straws ‘fall apart instantly’ and ‘ruin your drink’
The promotional text for the product says: ‘Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today’
‘You know, it’s interesting about plastic straws: So you have a little straw, but what about the plates, the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger, and they’re made of the same material? So the straws are interesting. Everybody focuses on the straws. There’s a lot of things to focus – but it’s an interesting question,’ he said as he left the White House for his New Jersey golf course.
The promotional description for the straws online says, ‘Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today.’
Several cities, including San Francisco and Washington, D.C., have caved to pressure from environmentalists after reports emerged of sea turtles being killed by inhaling or eating plastic straws that liter the oceans.
As of July, businesses in D.C. proper can be charged an $800 fine for providing customers with plastic straws instead of no straw or a sustainable alternative, like paper or hay straws.
Plastic straws became a hot topic this year after reports emerged of sea turtles dying after inhaling or eating plastic straws
Several cities, like San Francisco and Washington D.C., have banned plastic straws and made in unlawful for establishments to provide them. Businesses in D.C. can be fined $800 for providing plastic straws and encouraged to use alternatives like paper or hay straws
Some businesses, like Starbucks, have made their own decision to appeal to environmentalists by moving away from providing plastic straws at their establishments.
A campaign email sent to supporters about the sale of Trump’s plastic straws said paper straws ‘fall apart instantly’ and ‘ruin your drink,’ a common complaint for those who do not prefer the paper straws over plastic.
‘Paper straws are just another example of failed liberal overregulation. Fear not, President Trump has the perfect solution!’ the email advertises for the straws that are made in the U.S. ‘Supplies are extremely limited, so be sure to get your Official Trump Straws today.’
Although the vast majority of plastic ends up in landfills, reports over the last year emerged of the ‘great ocean patch’ of plastic matter. Straws are not even the leading cause of plastic waste.