On Thursday, May 7, President Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, unveiled the White House's newest money-making scheme:
Trump/Pence branded face masks.
Walking into the @WhiteHouse today pre-covid results. #maga @realDonaldTrump face mask. More coming soon! https://t.co/fn16W8YFP5— Brad Parscale - Download our Trump 2020 App today! (@Brad Parscale - Download our Trump 2020 App today!)1588892630.0
They also come in blue.
Those wanting a different color! https://t.co/Dqww6Ya7l8— Brad Parscale - Download our Trump 2020 App today! (@Brad Parscale - Download our Trump 2020 App today!)1588893876.0
Twitter had a hard time accepting that this was part of real life.
This was literally an SNL skit. https://t.co/8tlbVDw2PO https://t.co/PBMep2f1ol— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@andrew kaczynski🤔)1588345136.0
I’m not sure what’s worse — that you’re brazenly hawking campaign merchandise from the White House, or that you wer… https://t.co/LfVgZEuApf— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1588896388.0
Imagine if any other President, after downplaying the threat of the pandemic for months—even calling it a hoax repeatedly—then tried to make money by selling PPE with their name on it.
@danpfeiffer Reminds me of that time we sold Obama-branded PPE during the Ebola cris—oh wait, of course that didn't… https://t.co/aXwplo3A9g— Ezra Mechaber (@Ezra Mechaber)1588899200.0
The Trump campaign selling Trump-branded masks to stave off a deadly communicable disease Trump was unprepared for… https://t.co/rQL918CUFr— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1588894127.0
Gotta say, I didn’t have Trump branded plague masks on my apocalypse bingo card. https://t.co/U90Hzfnkdg— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈)1588893023.0
Many thought this crossed a line legally as well as morally.
Just the President's campaign manager doing a little illegal campaign fundraising on federal government property. https://t.co/i7Q35UD34h— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer)1588899063.0
Talk about leaning into it. #TrumpGrift #TrumpDeathGrift https://t.co/vInkjXwf2I— David Corn (@David Corn)1588898364.0
@atrupar Were these made in China?— Walter Shaub (@Walter Shaub)1588894375.0
Trump has begun selling these masks while also refusing to wear one himself during public appearances.
Trump tells allies his wearing a mask would 'send the wrong message', make him look ridiculous https://t.co/QQUkIBnA77— Ali Velshi (@Ali Velshi)1588864817.0
Here's the transcript of McEnany's comments about Trump not wearing a mask while in the vicinity of veterans in the… https://t.co/F4mvfX9BLf— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1588957543.0
Meanwhile, the number of Americans dying of the virus has continued to soar.
@parscale @WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Fixed it 👍 https://t.co/9P3czGHcew— Nelson Jacobsen (@Nelson Jacobsen)1588955575.0
@parscale @WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump The mask should read "Worst Economy and Death Toll ever."— Bruno Amato (@Bruno Amato)1588903318.0
@parscale @WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Now do caskets— Mr. Fun Guy (@Mr. Fun Guy)1588894240.0
If you're looking for a mask to protect yourself from the virus, you can probably do better than paying extra for one that supports the campaign of the duo that fumbled the response to the global pandemic.