A Russian copper company bought 70,000 copies of Donald Trump, Jr.'s new book "Triggered."
On Nov. 8, 2019, the Halfway Post published an article positing that a Russian copper company had purchased 70,000 copies of Donald Trump, Jr.’s new book “Triggered”:
A Russian Copper Company Bought 70,000 copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s New Book
Pre-sales for Donald Trump Jr.s new memoir, “Triggered: A Boy of Destiny’s Crusade Against The Cuck Liberal Hollywood Elite & Rosie O’Donnell” skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List when a mysterious corporate buyer in a suburb of Moscow, Russia purchased 70,000 copies.
The company, Russian Copper, is led by one of the top oligarchs in Moscow, Niko Deripaskov, a close friend and confidant to “President” Vladimir Putin, and the vast majority of the book’s total sales were billed to Russian Copper.
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The Halfway Post’s satirical article was commenting on recent news reports of bulk purchases of the book. The book reached the top of the New York Times best-seller list in November 2019, but readers noted that the listing for “Triggered” was accompanied by a small “dagger” symbol.
The New York Times explains the purpose of the “dagger” symbol on a FAQ page about the best-sellers list:
Sales are defined as completed transactions by vendors and individual end users during the period on or after the official publication date of a title. Institutional, special interest, group or bulk purchases, if and when they are included, are at the discretion of The New York Times Best-Seller List Desk editors based on standards for inclusion that encompass proprietary vetting and audit protocols, corroborative reporting and other statistical determinations. When included, such bulk purchases appear with a dagger (†).
While some individual or group made bulk purchases of the book, the claim that these purchases were made by a Russian company originated with a satire article.
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