Hot Holiday Gift for 2018? Meet 'Trumpy Bear'

Needless to say, opinion is divided on new toy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2018 3:59 PM CST

(Newser) – A commercial that ran on Fox News Monday night for "Trumpy Bear" had some wondering if it was a joke, but the teddy bear featuring President Trump's distinctive hairdo and signature red power tie is in fact a real thing. You can order it at GetTrumpyBear.com for just two easy payments of $19.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling, NJ.com reports. The "limited-edition collectible" plush 22-inch bear includes a secret pouch holding an American flag blanket, plus a certificate of authenticity, and the website promises this "piece of American history" is "great for all American holidays," will "show your patriotism," and is "soft and comfy" to boot.

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Snopes fact-checked the product and assures readers it is in fact real, and Rolling Stone notes it's actually been available since last year. What's not clear: whether the ad is sincere, purposely tongue-in-cheek, or both. As for some noticing it airing on local Fox stations, Fox News Senior Vice President of Eastern Sales Dom Rossi explains through a rep that "this was a local ad purchase with the cable operator. We do not do business with them nationally." (Trump once spent $20,000 of charity funds on a portrait of himself.)

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