We heard Bill O’Reilly is having trouble finding American-made T-shirts to sell in his Patriot Store. We know he’s heartbroken because, after all, what good is a Patriot Store if its products are made in El Salvador or Haiti? (Especially if you’re selling red, white and blue “American Patriot” T-shirts, like the one on the left.)
We heard he can’t find made-in-the-USA T-shirts because O’Reilly said so himself (h/t to D-Day). In his “Mailbag” segment on May 22, O’Reilly took the following question from Stewart Hollins in Rio Rancho, N.M.: Mr. O, great looking mugs. Terrific bold and fresh shirts. Where are the items made?
And O’ Reilly responded: Mugs are made in the USA, Stewart. The shirts in Central America. We cannot get the volume of shirts we need made in America, sadly.
Actually, Bill, you can. And not only American-made, but union made. And there’s nothing more patriotic than buying the products made by the heart of America’s working middle class.
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A spokeswoman from Image Pointe, based in Waterloo, Iowa, says the company has 40,000 T-shirts on hand, and another 200,000 easily accessible from their vendor. That’s on hand, instant delivery. After that, the company can churn out 10,000 T-shirts a day. The shirts are made in places like Chicago, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas and San Francisco. That is, made in the USA. And all made by union members.
Not enough T-shirts there for you, Bill?
You can always supplement orders with K& R Industries in Chantilly, Va., where a spokeswoman says the company could provide any amount of American-made, union-made T-shirts needed. Just give them a heads up.
In the off-chance Bill O isn’t a reader of the AFL-CIO Now blog, how about sending him a message and telling him his Patriot Store should carry American-made products? If he’s a real patriot, he’ll be happy you asked.