Brooklyn-based design company FCTRY is rolling out some interesting — or maybe strange — new toys just in time for the general election. GOP nominee Donald Trump took his war on political correctness all the way from his June 2015 campaign announcement through the election season, and FCTRY wants to help you commemorate his successes. It really hurts to call anything coming from his campaign a success, but he did successfully recruit an alt-right supporter base and gain credibility as their candidate. Anyway, the company just rolled out a politically incorrect Trump doll for the fans, the haters, the pundits, and the political junkies out there, and the doll hit the market for pre-order on Aug. 31.
FCTRY gained some traction when they first sold Bernie Sanders action figures during the primaries, donating $1 from each purchase to the Sanders campaign. Their Kickstarter noted that it was "a fun new way to get real people and small businesses engaged in politics." They also offered the option to download "Bernie's Besties," a collection of paper dolls that included rapper Killer Mike, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, actor Mark Ruffalo, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Now, FCTRY is offering a weird, albeit perfect, little Trump doll — which has its middle finger raised up to the world, because Trump loves the haters and hates political correctness. The company website calls the doll an "over re-action figure," providing some much-needed comic relief to what has been an unfortunate presidential election cycle, to say the least.
FCTRY's website embraced the Trump voice and platform in their marketing. They told people to stop their whining, noting, "Ever since we floated the idea of turning Donald Trump into an action figure, we've heard a lot of whining from people who didn't like the idea; mostly losers who had bought our Bernie and Hillary action figures." They were also transparent about the fact that the Trump dolls would be made in China, but asked everyone to kindly be quiet about it, because "China manipulates their currency so much that it makes it almost impossible for American companies to compete," they wrote.
Most importantly, FCTRY is donating 5 percent of every purchase to Border Angels, which their website describes as a "pretty worthless charity that should probably get shut down because it provides illegal Mexican immigrants with drinking water and medical assistance, which they really should have to pay for themselves." Yep, that's basically what Border Angels does — minus the crude description. Their work is super important, because they are working to reduce the number of migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border through their work.
FCTRY's CEO and Creative Director Jason Feinberg said in a press release: "We were pretty hesitant to make the Trump action figure, but knew that it was going to make a splash once we added the raised middle finger and found the perfect cause to donate a portion of the proceeds to."
The press release added, "We know how much Donald loves the Mexicans!" They definitely hit the nail right on the head by choosing Border Angels.
FCTRY isn't the first business to donate Trump-related funds to an important cause. Designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader of the jewelry line Lady Grey received an order from Ivanka Trump earlier in August, and they donated the proceeds to the American Immigration Council, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Hillary Clinton campaign. I'm going to go ahead and bet that the Trumps were the least happy about the third one.
So there you have it. Buy a creepy (but also hilarious) Trump doll, if that's your thing. Or buy one to help the Border Angels. Or buy one as proof that this election really did happen.
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