House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) turned a clash with a reporter into a money-making opportunity.
Last week, Pelosi pushed back on the notion that she is pressing forward with the impeachment effort because she hates President Donald Trump.
“I don’t hate anyone,” Pelosi told Sinclair Broadcasting reporter James Rosen after he asked if she hates Trump.
“And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone; I was raised in a way that is full … a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
Hours after the exchange, Pelosi’s Twitter account shared a page where you can buy a $39 crewneck sweatshirt that says, “Don’t mess with Nancy,” a reference to the latter part of Pelosi’s explosive response.
Other politicians have capitalized on viral moments to generate revenue. After a report claimed that Trump altered the projected path of Hurricane Dorian on a map with a sharpie — to bolster his claim that the storm could hit Alabama — the Trump campaign began selling “the official Trump marker,” complete with the president’s signature in gold, for $15.
Buy the official Trump marker, which is different than every other marker on the market, because this one has the special ability to drive @CNN and the rest of the fake news crazy! #KeepMarkersGreathttps://t.co/eakgICM0LR— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 6, 2019
After former presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke said during one of the Democratic primary debates, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15” his campaign made shirts with that quote emblazoned in red, white, and blue on it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) campaign began selling a “Billionaire Tears Mug” for $25, touting the fact that billionaire Leon Cooperman teared up on live television while discussing her economic proposals.