I’m sure this was a mistake, but the Trump merchandise I ordered wasn’t Made in America! pic.twitter.com/cwfTom7EXw— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 15, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel threatened to file a federal complaint against the Trump family after calling out their “buy American” hypocrisy on television.
During “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the fervid President Donald Trump critic bought several items from the Trump store, which is overseen by Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. He read the label of each piece of merchandise to see where it was all made.
“I’m sure Eric and Donald Jr. take this American thing very seriously,” Kimmel said. “These guys are red, white, and blue to the core. They’re like a couple of flags wearing hair gel, these two.”
However, what Kimmel discovered was that almost all of the merchandised he purchased was manufactured abroad. Two of the items didn’t even say where they were made, which Kimmel noted is an omission that could lead fines of up to $500,000 if they were actually made in another country.
“Wow, this could be very expensive,” Kimmel said. “Not to mention, this has got to be embarrassing. Are they even capable of shame? I mean, Trump’s whole platform is about supporting American companies. His company isn’t even supporting America.”
Without skipping a beat, Kimmel drove his sketch home: “I’ll just file an official complaint and let them sort it all out.”
This is not the first time Trump has been called out for spouting one thing during official meetings and political rallies but doing another behind closed doors.
Another example of his hypocrisy is the fact that his businesses hire practically no American workers despite his so-called "America First" initiative and his anti-immigrant rhetoric. One of his strongest criticisms of immigrants is that they, supposedly, take jobs away from Americans, yet Trump-branded entities thrive on foreign labor.
Hypocrisy is not uncommon in the world of politics, but Trump is just blatantly lying to Americans' faces. He's not even trying to be discreet or inconspicuous with his deceit, and he offers no viable explanations when he's exposed for it. The level of dishonesty and lack of transparency Trump exhibits is a slap in the face to every single American, including those who voted for him.
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