During last night‘s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the iconic host decided to put Trump’s “Buy American” mantra to the test. Kimmel purchased merchandise from the official Trump Store, which is currently overseen by the president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
“I’m sure Eric and Donald Jr. take this American thing very seriously,” Kimmel explained. “These guys are red, white and blue to the core. They’re like a couple of flags wearing hair gel, these two.”
Of course, when Kimmel began reading the label from the products he bought, the large majority came from countries outside the United States, such as China, Thailand, and Peru.
However, the fact that most of the merchandise was made overseas wasn’t the worst part. Several items, including a gold bar coin bank and a pet bandana, failed to list a country of origin at all, which – if indeed produced overseas – is illegal.
Regarding the requirements on goods imported into the United States, they are “required to have a country of origin marking, such as; the country of manufacture, production, or growth of any article of foreign origin entering the United States.”
“Failure to properly report product origin can result in substantial penalties,” Jimmy read from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. “Companies can face up to $500,000 in fines per violation or ‘double’ the loss or gain from the violation related to these violations.”
“This could be very expensive,” Kimmel warned. “Not to mention embarrassing. Are they even capable of shame? I mean Trump’s whole platform is about American companies, his company isn’t even supporting America!”
At this, Kimmel opted to escalate his qualms to the federal government.
“I’ll just file an official complaint and let them sort it out,” he said.
As if the glaring hypocrisy of taking office on the pretense of “America First” while employing foreign labor and manufacturing goods abroad almost exclusively in his own business wasn’t bad enough, the First Family’s disdain for the rule of law – another tenant on which Trump ran – shows that not only are his words meaningless but his sole priority is, unsurprisingly, money– and money alone.