“Buy American!” President Donald Trump and his family love to say. While it certainly has a nice ring to it, is there any truth behind their cheer? Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel of Jimmy Kimmel Live! decided to put his money where the Trump family’s mouths are by purchasing merchandise from the Trump Store. Kimmel came to discover that something was greatly amiss.
None of the items were “Made in America,” he discovered, and then Kimmel announced he was going to do something about it.
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Kimmel bought some memorabilia from the Trump Store, which Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, sons of the President, currently run.
“I’m sure Eric and Don Jr. take this American thing very seriously. These guys are red, white and blue to the core. They’re like a couple of flags wearing hair gel, these two.”
In light of the White House’s “buy American” rhetoric Jimmy Kimmel bought a bunch of merchandise from the Trump Store to see where it all came from. Most of the merchandise was made abroad, and two items didn’t list a country of origin at all. https://t.co/PcndJoJ1SB
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Kimmel revealed the items of his order for the audience, which began with a white Trump golf hat. The tag read “Made in China.” Next, there was a white Trump coffee mug, which was made in Thailand. See where this is going?
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Kimmel continued by pulling a black and gold golf club cover, which Kimmel pointed out “was made in China but decorated in the USA, and that’s saying something.” Kimmel pulled more Trump-branded goodies out of the box.
“I got a Trump signature duffel bag which is made in China, I got a Trump signature shoe bag which is made in China, I got a blanket…guess where this was made? Yeah, China,” Kimmel said as he continued to pull more items out of the box.
Showing a baby bib, “just like the one the President wears when he eats cheeseburgers in bed,” Kimmel read that it was made in Peru. The Trump golf medallion was made in China, too.
“This could be very expensive,” Kimmel said. “Not to mention embarrassing. Are they even capable of shame? I mean Trump’s whole platform is about American companies, his company isn’t even supporting America!”
Buy American, hire American, my a$$‼https://t.co/kkZUB8lVj9
— Paloma P (@palomapoetry) March 15, 2018
It was the final two items, however, that really got Kimmel’s attention. A Trump gold bar coin bank and a Trump pet bandana were both lacking tags identifying their country or countries of origin, which as Kimmel pointed out, is illegal. Under federal law, failing to label a foreign-made item with its country of origin can result in a $500,000 fine per violation or “double the loss or gain from the violation related to these violations,” states a federal statute.
Jimmy Kimmel Says He’s Filing A Federal Complaint Against The Trumps – HuffPost#Been saying this all along ! All their work done in Sweat Shops as he preaches buy American, Phony ! https://t.co/Ta11mEuF28
— Michael Manlove (@mikelm31) March 15, 2018
Trump's presidency wasn't made in America either.
— Tgage (@tgagemurphy) March 15, 2018
#LOL…….. keep it up Jimmy!!! We need someone like you to put this guy in check. You should bring them on the show and ask them about this in person. Would love to see the reactions on their faces😬😳🤥🤫🤭
— Danielle Andresen (@Andres2Danielle) March 15, 2018
I support j kimmel’s official complaint against Trump unlabeled merch. Hope it’s a HUGE fine. Go Jimmy!
— Jim Cain (@MrJimCain) March 15, 2018