Trump-themed ‘ugly Christmas sweaters’ cause controversy in LA

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Shut out by retailers and harassed by left-leaning locals, a designer has been forced to hide his identity and turn to online markets to sell Christmas sweaters featuring President Donald J. Trump.

My partner doesn’t like the clutter, but he supports the reason I’m doing this

A Hollywood designer selling President Donald Trump-related Christmas sweaters has been forced underground, railroaded by a Left Coast crowd that draws the line on tolerance and open-mindedness at supporting the Commander in Chief.

“I wish I could sell these sweaters through my normal channels, but I learned the limits of tolerance in California last summer,” says the man, who campaigned for Trump in 2016 and was repeatedly physically and verbally accosted.

He tried to introduce the sweaters—which include designs such as “DECK THE HALLS AND BUILD THAT WALL,” featuring the president’s smiling visage atop his signature campaign promise—to a national retail chain before being rebuffed.

“Even though a couple buyers were very interested, corporate eventually turned me down,” he says. “She took one look at them and told me the very idea was deplorable.”

Instead, he’s been forced to sell the sweaters online through a pop-up webshop for fear of being further ostracized. With brisk presales, his living quarters are full of boxes containing the wares, which include additional designs RED CHRISTMAS and TRUMP’S GONNA TWEET WHO’S NAUGHTY AND NICE. The volume has forced him to recruit multiple local screen printing partners to help fulfill orders.

“My partner doesn’t like the clutter, but he supports the reason I’m doing this,” says the man.

While he’s been the subject of partisan heckling and judgment, he sees the sweaters as items any patriot would support.

“I believe in the right to offend,” he says, pointing out that so did the nation’s Founding Fathers. “Benjamin Franklin would buy one of these. He was the one who said, ‘If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.’”

The sweaters are available now at trump2020.bigcartel.com for $34.99 with shipping guaranteed by Christmas for orders made by Dec. 16th.

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