Smithsonian Store Pulls Trump Book Due to Factual Inaccuracies (Lies)
Besides being “riddled with falsehoods,” “Donald Trump 45th President of the United States Collector’s Vault” was printed in China and written by Brandon Christopher Hall, an unknown 25-year-old from Atlanta who says he voted for Jill Stein.
The description of the book on Amazon (where it sells for $44.31) lauds Trump as a “hard-working, remarkable American.”
“This richly illustrated memory-book showcases the life of President Trump from his childhood in New York to the dramatic 2016 presidential campaign. Tucked among its pages is a treasure trove of memorabilia: souvenir replicas such as buttons, posters, family photos, portraits, historic speeches, and more. These are set amidst a vivid narrative, historical images, and scenes from the Trump empire and on the campaign trail.
You’ll meet Donald Trump’s immigrant grandparents, who laid the groundwork for the family’s success in America…walk the campus of New York Military Academy…go behind the scenes of Trump’s early businesses…meet the beauty-pageant winners and famous celebrities who make up his star-studded life…watch his rise to the top of the national scene…and ride along as he campaigns to the White House[…]
This Collector’s Vault book offers an unforgettable portrait of a hard-working, remarkable American, from his hopeful beginnings to his triumphant victory in the presidential arena.”
However, the book contains a number of factual inaccuracies.
According to Ian Shapira at the Washington Post, the book claims that Trump “took the fall” for the birther conspiracy, but that the conspiracy was really Hillary Clinton’s fault. The book also asserts there was no proof of Russian hacking of the 2016 election, despite all US intelligence agencies claiming the contrary.
The book also misrepresents the size of Trump’s electoral victory (it claims Trump only lost the electoral vote by 200,000) and significantly exaggerates Trump’s philanthropy despite proof that Trump has not donated to his foundation since 2008.
After Shapira’s story was published, museum staff tweeted that the book was pulled pending review.
@markberman The book is no longer available for sale in our shops pending a review by our historians for factual accuracy. -Erin
— amhistorymuseum (@amhistorymuseum) January 22, 2017
Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing, the book’s publisher, defended the book’s inaccuracies and the decision to print it in China.
“I imagine Trump would approve of it being China,” said Tucker. “He’s not reluctant to strike deals with China if it makes business sense. China has high-quality, affordable printing. And, they deliver quickly.”