On page 31,318 of the Republican National Committee’s 31,559 page FEC filing for the month of November is a $94,800 expense, which is listed as a payout to BOOKSAMILLION.COM. That money was apparently spent on a massive order of Donald Trump Jr.’s most recent book, titled “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
The payment, which was first noticed by New York Times reporter Nick Confessore, only strengthens the suggestions that Donald Trump Jr.’s book is at the top of the charts because of bulk orders.
New FEC disclosures show a single large RNC payment of $94,800 to Books-a-Million in October, a few days before "Triggered" was released. An RNC spokesman confirmed that the expenditure was connected to their promotion of Don Trump Jr.'s book. pic.twitter.com/vsmmsgrYCp— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) November 21, 2019
Most notably, Donald Trump Jr.’s book is at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. But a number of people noted that the NYT list included the “dagger” symbol, which means that some of the outlets that sold the book reported bulk orders.
Donald Trump Jr has been making much of his book going to number 1 in the NYT best sellers list. Unlike the others in the top ten it has a little dagger by it which means some retailers have been reporting bulk buying. pic.twitter.com/5B1CoRBGkL— Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) November 14, 2019
In the FEC report, the RNC lists the purpose for the nearly $100,000 payment as “donor momentos.” A spokesman for the RNC also confirmed to Confessore that the payment was for a massive purchase of Don Jr.’s book, the spokesman told Confessore, “we haven’t made a large bulk purchase, but are ordering copies to keep up with demand.”
The president has even lauded his son’s spot at the top of the New York Times chart and urged his followers to “keep it there for a while.”
“Triggered,” a great book by my son, Don. Now number one on @NYTIMES LIST. Keep it there for a while!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2019
Don Jr.’s book has been on the New York Times nonfiction list for the past two weeks, along with a number of other pieces of political nonfiction. Trump’s former ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, also has a book on the list. Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, is also still on the list — it’s been there for nearly a year. However, Donald Trump Jr.’s book is the only manuscript on the list that carries the New York Times “dagger.”