Americans seeking to surprise their pro- or anti-Trump loved ones with something different this holiday season might want to consider purchasing a so-called Trumpy Bear for Christmas. Measuring 22 inches high, this stuffed animal sports an uncanny resemblance to President Donald Trump.
“I felt it was time to name an American fearless grizzly bear after our new Commander and Chief,” the bear’s inventor, V.L. Lange of New Jersey, said in a statement to The Dallas Morning News.
“This iconic bear should be viewed as the symbol that anyone can run for president of this great country of ours. The weight of the responsibilities that come with the presidency can be a burden that I, for one, could never endure,” she proudly added.
While the bear’s been on sale for years, it’s just recently earned the national spotlight courtesy the following commercial, which depicts several real-life veterans promoting it:
“I want it to be perfectly clear that the men who served in our military spoke from their hearts in the Trumpy Bear commercial,” Lange said. “Any vilification of a veteran should never be tolerated.”
Yet vilification and hatred are exactly what the president’s critics have been doling out en masse ever since the commercial began airing on television this November.
“I think it’s quite surprising how people can react so violently to an inanimate object,” Elliott Brackett of Exceptional Products Inc., which markets and advertises Lange’s bear, said to the Dallas Business Journal.
“[W]e’ve actually had death threats and what were deemed to be terroristic threats and desires to have the president assassinated, which we duly forwarded on to the authorities, and they took care of it,” he added in a statement to Yahoo News.
“I’m shocked that people take time out to spew hate from their busy days. Because it’s a teddy bear. It’s a stuffed toy. It’s almost like I’m knifing their mother personally. It’s really weird.”
Some of the hatred may be seen below:
Fuck em all. Completely. Rake it.
— Jimmy Levline (@JimyLev) November 19, 2018
It’s bullshit trump gets to
⚠️Dodge a draft
⚠️Use troops as political props
⚠️Fuck off the VA
⚠️Withhold soldier pay
⚠️Shit on soldier’s votes
And still be adored by flag wearing simple fucks who scream Merica and buy their whole family trumpy bears for Xmas.?
— ₵Ɽ₳₵ ₭₳J₳₭ (@epidimic) November 14, 2018
I just seen a commercial for “trumpy bear” .. and all I have to say is Donald Trump go to hell
— MYMY KARDASHIAN PERIODT (@myleshill_15) December 31, 2017
— Amici Journal (@amici09) November 15, 2018
Wish people would stop tweeting out Trumpy Bear commercial, it is free advertising for a disgusting product, nothing cute and cuddly with anything Trump on it, terrible for impressionable kids. Would really like to know that the Trump family is making no money on this also…
— Barbara Abraham (@ba_abraham) November 12, 2018
No it’s not and what’s really troubling is the cavalier attitude towards it. Trumpy Bear and Build The Wall construction sets are toys aimed at kids and that’s beyond disgusting. It’s normalizing him. This needs to stop. He’s not funny. He’s harmful. https://t.co/c8lQw4Mrki
— Jason Hicks (@nomagic2000) November 15, 2018
According to Brackett, the bear isn’t even geared to be political, in that it’s been designed to appeal to everybody: to anti-Trumpers as a hilarious gag gift, and to pro-Trumpers as a tribute: “It’s a gift item, it’s an I-want-to-buy-it-for-myself item, and it’s a mess-with-somebody item.”
“It was truly and totally a marketing thing. If I could have made a Bernie bear simultaneously during the election, I would’ve made it. A Hillary bear, I would have made it,” he added.
But the folks at Exceptional Products Inc. aren’t the only ones suffering backlash because of Trumpy Bear. Even MSNBC, one of the left’s most beloved networks, has come under firing for airing the ad.
@MSNBC @maddow @Lawrence @AriBerman Are you aware that your network carried a #TrumpyBear commercial spot this afternoon at 1: 25PM? That’s appalling. How could your sales dept not know? Why would you do that? It’s truly disgusting!
— J E Browne (@effiedog) November 19, 2018
Fucking Trumpy Bear ad on fucking @MSNBC ???
— PATRICE BRÖST O’ROURKE? (@Patrice_Brost1) November 19, 2018
I wonder why @MSNBC runs ads for tRumpy bear,Koch Bros and Kavanaugh? Need money that bad?
— David (@sumnerv53) August 25, 2018
You need a new media buyer @MSNBC
— loretta faucher??? (@lorettafaucher) August 25, 2018
I just saw an ad for trumpy bear on @MSNBC Are you kidding me?
— Julie Henthorn (@julieahenthorn) August 22, 2018
The only ones not suffering backlash for the stuffed animal are Hollywood’s left-wing comedians, who’ve been exploiting Trumpy Bear to continue bashing the president.
One example may be seen below:
Despite all the hatred and mockery, there are nevertheless a growing cadre of Americans who own a Trumpy Bear and love it with all their hearts.
One of my Christmas presents. A Trumpy Bear. I love him! pic.twitter.com/vnCQZWmCvN
— Red (@Redone68) December 27, 2017
— Theresa?????? (@theresa8235) December 25, 2017
Dave, you fell into my trap and so did he. I am actually a Trumpy Bear come to life. pic.twitter.com/4O8MXsgEa0
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) November 13, 2018
— My Name is Philip (@sallutephilipe) November 12, 2018
— ✞TrumpGirlOnFire (@LaunaSallai) April 9, 2018
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