The Red Cap Aside, Trump Souvenirs Are a Hard Sell

The Red Cap Aside, Trump Souvenirs Are a Hard Sell
So far this year, roughly 30,000 items have been sold related to previous administrations; there was a 40 percent increase from 2016 in sales for items related to President Bill Clinton
and a 20 percent increase in items related to Lincoln.
“The passion for Obama, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Mr. Warlick, who had been selling
and designing presidential merchandise since 1980 before he opened his gift shop during Mr. Obama’s administration.
“Support the Trump supporter?”
Overall sales in the first six months of Mr. Trump’s new presidency are 13 percent below
those of the first six months after Mr. Obama’s 2013 inauguration, Mr. Warlick said.
The 24-year-old stood in front of the display in White House Gifts, carefully weighing the faux bronze
and marble options — Presidents John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama among them — before choosing a bust of Abraham Lincoln, her favorite president, to join the ranks of William Shakespeare, George Washington and various figures of Greek mythology in her home.