The pro-Trump group I love My Freedom is blasting out newsletters filled with ads for snake oil products, in one case misusing the President’s own name, HuffPost alleges in an article.
“Trump Health Bombshell,” the ad in question proclaims.
“This has got Liberals jumping out of their seats,” it continues. “President Trump is in perfect health ... how is it that he’s so seemingly immune to old age? Well in recent years, billionaires like President Trump have increasingly turned to the power of Stem Cells.”
Liberals are jumping out of their seats, all right. Conservatives should be too. It's only a matter of time before they start peddling COVID-19 cures.
The newsletter also carries ads for fake cancer and diabetes cures, and one ad links to a site offering a “Brain Booster” that it says helped Oprah Winfrey attain success, HuffPost continues.
This is one of the time-honored scams in the history of direct marketing. in 1905, one Dr. Mixer promised to cure cancer and provide relief for "Ulcers, Abcesses, Fever-Sores, goitre, Catarrh, Salt-Rheum, Rheumatism, Piles, Excema, Scaid-Head or Scrofula.” And Milo Co. promised that “Any woman can cure her husband, son or brother of liquor drinking by secretly placing this remedy in his coffee, tea or food.”
There is no record of these ads being associated with then-President Theodore Roosevelt.
More troubling than the ads, perhaps, is the email list utilized by I Love My Freedom.
According to HuffPost, the group spent almost $2 million on Facebook adds that built traffic with “clickbait polls or promises of ‘free’ MGA gear,” the story states. Individuals who submit their email addresses automatically get the newsletter, the article alleges. It also rents this list out to other organizations, it adds.
I Love My Freedom declined to be interviewed by HuffPost, and MediaPost could not independently confirm the above charges at deadline. But if this happened as reported, the Trump campaign should send out a prompt cease-and-desist letter.
Speaking of the Trump campaign, the emails carry disclaimers saying that they were “paid for by either the National Republican Senatorial Committee, its House counterpart, the McConnell Senate Committee, or the Trump Make America Great Again Committee (which is jointly run by the Republican National Committee and Trump’s reelection campaign),” HuffPost writes.