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“Fox
& Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said he accidentally
donated to Trump’s presidential campaign when he bought $600
worth of MAGA-themed Christmas ornaments in 2016. It’s not clear
whether he bought the exact ornament in the inset
photo.

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  • “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said he
    accidentally donated to Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign
    when buying Christmas ornaments on Trump’s official website two
    years ago.
  • Kilmeade spent around $600 on ornaments modeled
    after the “Make America Great Again” hats.
  • He told The Hill said he just wanted to buy “cool and
    unique,” Trump campaign-themed gifts for his friends, and
    didn’t realize he bought them on Trump’s official campaign site
    or that he had made a donation.
  • Trump’s official campaign website prompts users to
    enter their occupation when making a purchase as “required by
    federal law for political contributions.”
  • Kilmeade, one of three hosts on Trump’s favorite
    morning show, said: “Even if I wasn’t in this business, I would
    never be giving contributions out to people.”

A “Fox & Friends” co-host claimed he unwittingly donated to
Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign when he bought about $600
worth of “Make America Great Again”-themed Christmas decorations
two years ago.

Brian Kilmeade
told The Hill on Tuesday
that he bought the
holiday ornaments, modeled after the signature red MAGA
hats, from the Trump’s official campaign website two years ago.

“I had no idea that this would be considered a donation,”
Kilmeade told The Hill. “I’m looking for something cool and
unique for Christmas for adults after this historic
election.”

Below is a screenshot of the Trump campaign’s MAGA-themed
Christmas ornament, which is currently
listed
on Trump’s official campaign site. It’s not clear if
this is the exact model Kilmeade bought, or whether it cost $45
at the time.


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Kilmeade — one of three hosts on Trump’s favorite morning
show — said that he had just been searching for Trump campaign
gifts online, and did not realize that he had ended up on the
official campaign website.

He said that the ornaments were “a little expensive in
retrospect, but that was it.” He did not specify how much the
ornament cost, or how many he bought.

When making a purchase on Trump’s campaign website, users are
told at the checkout that they must enter their occupation as it
is “required by federal law for political contributions.” 

Business Insider has contacted the campaign website to ask
whether that same notice was available in 2016.


Donald Trump campaign website
Users
are prompted at the checkout to enter their occupation under
federal law for political contributions.

DonaldJTrump.com

Users are also given the option of making an additional donation.


Federal Election Commission filings
show Kilmeade gave
$601.71 to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. The contribution
was processed on January 20, 2017, the day that Trump was
inaugurated.

“Fox & Friends” is a hugely popular show with Trump. He often
tweets about it and has phoned in to talk. A former White House
official has said that Trump even
schedules his meetings around the show’s segments.

Kilmeade said that Fox News alerted him to the donation over the
weekend. 

Even if I wasn’t in this business, I would never be giving
contributions out to people. Especially after an election,” he
said.

I have no interest in giving to any campaign about
anything.”

Fox News said in a statement to The Hill it does not
prohibit staff from buying holiday ornaments.

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