RNC Spent $100,000 To Buy Up Copies Of Trump Jr.’s Book Just Before It Topped NYT’s Bestseller List


The Republican National Committee (RNC) spent almost $100,000 to buy up copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” according to a new Federal Elections Commission filing unearthed by New York Times reporter Nick Confessore.

According to the filing, the RNC made a $94,800 payment to bookseller Books-a-Million on October 29th this year, which came just days before “Triggered” was released on November 5th.

The disbursement, which was identified as being for “donor mementos,” was reportedly connected to the “promotion” of Trump Jr.’s book.

An RNC spokesman confirmed to Confessore that “the expenditure was connected to their promotion of Don Trump Jr.’s book.”

But an RNC spokesperson previously told Confessore the committee had “not made a large bulk purchase” and was just ordering copies of Triggered in order to “keep up with demand.”

Confessore calls the whole episode “a win-win for the Trumps and the RNC” as the “party raised about $500,000 off of the promotion, owing to donor interest in ‘Triggered.’”

“I dedicated #Triggered to the Deplorables and you guys made it #1,” Trump Jr. tweeted last week to celebrate the book’s appearance on the New York Times best-seller list. By “deplorables,” he is presumably referring to the Republican National Committee.

As many pointed out at the time, a dagger symbol next to the book’s name indicates a large percentage of the book’s sales came from “institutional, special interest, group, or bulk purchases.”

“It’s known in the industry as the ‘deadly dagger,’” a source told Page Six. “A rare penalty that is only called for flagrant fouls.”


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