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Hear What These Trump Swag Sellers Really Think Of The Presidential Candidate

Not every vendor is a true Trump fan.

Street vendors arrived at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Monday stocked with tons of Trump swag ― but not every seller peddling Trump gear is a true fan of the candidate. 

The Huffington Post spoke with a few vendors outside of the RNC to hear why they’re selling Trump pins, hats, shirts and more. Some sellers said their reason for setting up shop at the RNC has more to do with business than politics.

“It’s not political for me, I’m a capitalist. I’m here on a business venture,” said one vendor who identified himself as T-Jones. 

But for another vendor, the gear has a little more meaning. Tony Ensminger, who voted for Trump in the Ohio primary, said he’s actually quite impressed with the candidate and agrees with Trump’s “common sense” immigration plans. 

“All he wants is people to get background checks [when] people come into this country,” he said, despite the fact that refugees already undergo an intense 18- to 24-month vetting process

He also said Trump’s relationships with media personalities like former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault, who now heads African-American outreach for the Trump campaign, demonstrate that the businessman can get along with people, regardless of race. 

“He gets along with all races and all nationalities, he said. “I mean look, he got along with Omarosa [Manigault]. He got along with Dennis Rodman. He got along with Gary Busey, Joan Rivers.”

Hear what a few vendors think about Donald Trump in the video above. 

This video was produced by Gabe Piscione, Omar Kasrawi, Lily Corvo and Christine Conetta, shot by Samantha Guff, Tiara Chiaramonte and Christine Conetta, and edited by Maria Tridas and Terence Krey. 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

 
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