How a Get-Rich-Quick Schemer Is Hawking Trump Merch on Facebook
A network of paraphernalia merchandisers are traced a single Texas man who appears to have accumulated millions—as well as a series of financial troubles.
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President Trump juiced the political-merchandising market with MAGA hats, foam border-wall bricks, and other tchotchkes that his fans happily purchased to show their support.
But outside of the campaign, the demand for Trump paraphernalia has provided significant business opportunities for some internet entrepreneurs who’ve been milking digital revenue streams for years.