Fact-checking: Contributions target President Trump with a false claim about MAGA hats


Published October 23, 2020 In collaboration with FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg University of Pennsylvania Public Policy Center, to identify misinformation and ensure that news consumers obtain the facts. This story first appeared on FactCheck.org. Social media posts incorrectly suggest that President Donald Trump’s campaign has its iconic red hats made in China, while former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign uses an American manufacturer for his hats. it strikes at the heart of Trump’s “America First” message, but it’s wrong. The posts in question use photographs comparing the pro-Trump and pro-Biden hats and their respective labels. But while the red “Make America Great Again” hat shown in the posts shows a label indicating that it was made in China, this does not mean that it was a campaign hat, as various posts claim either explicitly or implicitly. A Facebook page called “Trump Sucks” published a photo from October 19 with the caption: “Typical Trump.” From there it was shared almost 3,000 times and later removed. However, we found that the same claim has been repeatedly shared on Facebook and Twitter in recent weeks and months. One tweet released in August reads: “It’s a classic: Trump hats made in China. Biden campaign hats made in the USA. However, the Trump campaign website lists all “official” hats as “Proudly Made in the USA.” And reports from the Federal Electoral Commission show that the campaign regularly pays two companies in the United States to produce and distribute its hats. The 2018 Business Insider video illuminated the Cali-Fame factory in California, where the official “MAGA” hats of the campaign are made. He noted that the hats are then sent to Ace Specialties in Louisiana. Ace is the official distributor of goods for the Trump Make America Great Again Committee – a joint fundraising committee that runs the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. The committee runs an online store campaign and all purchases in the store are considered donations by the committee. Between 2019 and 2020 alone, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee reported payments totaling $ 17 million to Ace Specialties. Trump’s campaign during this period also featured payouts totaling $ 840,900 to Cali-Fame for hats and delivery services. According to the payout instructions, Ace paid an additional $ 1.7 million for purchases of hats and other goods – such as signs, shirts and buttons – other fact-controllers addressed the false claim that Trump had its MAGA hats made in China earlier – as early as 2015. In the meantime, over the years, there have been reports that unofficial hats are being produced abroad. In 2018, readers asked us if Trump 2020 banners were made in China. As we wrote at the time, there were reports that such banners were made in China, but Trump’s campaign said they were not their orders. It was not clear who ordered these banners. “We have been clarifying all along that all our goods are 100% made in the USA. Any reseller who claims to have a relationship with us is lying or infringing our protected trademark rights, “the campaign’s chief operating officer said in a statement at the time. “This is true of all the recent false reports of Made in China products for the 2020 campaign.” As for the Biden hat of the “JOE” campaign in social media posts, the label indicates that it was made by Unionwear in New Jersey. Unionwear CEO Mitch Cahn told us in an email that his company makes hats sold for the Biden campaign through BumperActive, which manages the campaign’s online store. However, Cahn’s company also supported hats in Trump. , the company made hats “for advertising companies selling more decentralized office campaigns such as California for Trump or Women for Trump.” “We do no work for the Trump national campaign or its advertising company Ace Specialties – however, we always have 20-30 for -Trump orders, “said Cahn. Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations working with Facebook to uncover misinformation shared on social media. You can find our previous stories here. Fact checking is available at the IFCN 2020 US Election FactChat #Chatbot on WhatsApp. Click here for more resources from Anderson, David and Graham Flanagan. “Inside the Trump ‘MAGA’ hat factory.” Business Insider. September 18, 2018. “Clothing – Hat – Team Joe Store.” Store.JeeBiden.com. Accessed October 21, 2020. Cahn, Mitch. CEO, Unionwear. Email to FactCheck.org. 21 October 2020. Payouts | Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Federal Electoral Commission. Accessed October 21, 2020. Fares, Melissa and Dustin Volz. “It’s made in Vietnam!” The origin of the red Trump hats shocks many during the inauguration. “Reuters. January 20, 2017. “Hats – Trump makes America great again.” Shop.DonaldJTrump.com. Accessed October 21, 2020. McCormick, John. “The woman behind Trump’s magnifying glass empire.” Bloomberg. June 23, 2017. Sanders, Katie. “Tweety says Donald Trump’s” Make America Great Again “hats are made in China.” PolitiFact. October 7, 2015.

Published October 23, 2020

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We cooperate with FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg University of Pennsylvania Public Policy Center, to identify misinformation and ensure that news consumers get the facts. This story first appeared on FactCheck.org.


Social media posts incorrectly suggest that President Donald Trump’s campaign has its iconic red hats made in China, while former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign uses an American manufacturer for their hats.

The criticism of the contributions strikes at the heart of Trump’s “America First” report, but it’s wrong.

The contributions in question are used photos a comparison of the pro-Trump and pro-Biden hat, and their respective labels.

But while the red “Make America Great Again” hat shown in the posts shows a label indicating that it was made in China, it does not mean that it was a campaign hat, as various posts either explicitly or implicitly claim.

Facebook page called “Trump sucks” posted A photo from October 19 with the caption: “Typical Trump.” It was shared almost 3,000 times and later removed. However, we found that the same statement has been shared repeatedly in recent weeks and months on Facebook and Twitter. One tweet in August, it reads: “It’s classic: Trump hats made in China. Buy campaign hats made in the USA. “

Trump’s campaign Website, however, calls all his “official” hats “Proudly Made in the USA.” And reports from the Federal Electoral Commission show that the campaign regularly pays two companies in the United States to produce and distribute its hats.

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A 2018 Video Business Insider shone on Cali-Fame a factory in California where the official hats of the “MAGA” campaign are made. He noted that the hats are then sent to That specialty in Louisiana. That is it official distributor of goods for the Trump Committee Make America Great Again – a joint fundraising committee that runs the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. Committee works Online store campaigns and all purchases through the store are considered gift of the committee.

Between 2019 and 2020 only, the Trump America America Again Again Committee reported payments totaling $ 17 million to Ace Specialties.

Trump’s campaign at the time, too reported payouts totaling $ 840,900 to Cali-Fame for hats and delivery services. According to the payroll, Ace paid an additional $ 1.7 million to buy hats and other items – such as signs, shirts and buttons.

Other fact verifiers have solve false claim that Trump has had its MAGA hats made in China before – since 2015. In the meantime, they were there news over the years of manufacturing unofficial hats abroad.

In 2018, readers asked us if Trump 2020 banners were made in China. Like us he wrote then, there were reports that such banners were made in China, but Trump’s campaign said they were not their orders. It was not clear who ordered the banners.

“We’ve been clarifying all along that all our merchandise is 100% made in the United States.” Any reseller who claims to have a relationship with us is lying or infringing our protected trademark rights, “the campaign’s chief operating officer said in a statement at the time. “This is true of all the recent hoaxes about Made in China products for the 2020 campaign.”

As for the Biden “JOE” campaign hat featured in social media posts, the label indicates that it was made by Unionwear in New Jersey. Unionwear CEO Mitch Cahn emailed us that his company makes hats sold for the Biden campaign through BumperActive, which manages the campaign eshop.

But Cahn’s company made hats supportive Trumpa.

In the 2020 election cycle, he said the company makes hats “for goods it sells in more decentralized campaigns, such as California for Trump or Women for Trump.”

“We are not doing any work for Trump’s national campaign or its merchandise, Ace Specialties – however, we currently have 20-30 pro-Trump orders at home,” Cahn said.

Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations work with Facebook reveal misinformation shared on social media. You can find our previous stories here.

This fact check is available at the IFCN 2020 US Election FactChat #Chatbot on WhatsApp. Click on here more.

Sources

Anderson, David and Graham Flanagan. “Inside the Trump ‘MAGA’ hat factory. “Business Insider. September 18, 2018

Clothing – Hat – Team Joe Store. “Store.JeeBiden.com. Available October 21, 2020.

Cahn, Mitch. CEO, Unionwear. Email to FactCheck.org. October 21, 2020

Payouts Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.. Federal Electoral Commission. Available October 21, 2020.

Tariffs, Melissa and Dustin Volz. “It’s made in Vietnam!” The origin of the red Trump hats shocks many during the inauguration. “ Reuters. January 20, 2017

Hats – Trump to make America great again. “Shop.DonaldJTrump.com. Available October 21, 2020.

McCormick, John. “The Woman Behind Trump’s Empire of Swag. “Bloomberg. June 23, 2017

Sanders, Katie. “Tweets say Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats are made in China. “PolitiFact. October 7, 2015.


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