Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Donald Trump Jr Fake “Bestseller” Starts to Fall on Charts After Two Weeks, Reveal of Massive Purchases by Republic National Committee


Donald Trump Jr.’s “best seller,” is falling like a rock after two weeks on the top of the book charts.

“Triggered,” which is not a reference to Roy Rogers’ horse, is number 70 today at Barnes & It’s number 16 on

But for two weeks “Triggered” was unaccountably at the top of the charts. It’s number 1 on the New York Times list, which lags behind by two weeks. It’s still number 5 on USA Today.

Today the Times reports how Trump Jr. gamed amazon and their own list. On the Times best seller list there’s a little dagger sign next to “Triggered” indicating there have been large bulk sales of the book. It turns out they come from the Republican National Committee, if not other groups. The RNC, the Times says, spent $94,800 buying “Triggered” from a wholesaler called BooksaMillion.

According to BookScan, “Triggered” has sold more than 116,000 copies as of November 16th. But six days have passed since that time, and now the bulk sales purchase is wearing off. “Triggered” sales on Barnes & are already dropping fast. On amazon, you can see that Elton John’s “Me” and Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” are now ahead of it in real time.

One chart the RNC and Trump Jr can’t manipulate as easily is the Kindle and e book one. There, “Triggered” is at number 425. Even if there was a concerted effort at the beginning to buy e book downloads of “Triggered,” that is fading as well.

Meantime, amazon has also been gamed in their review section. There are currently 321 reviews of “Triggered.” Nearly all of them are five-star and read the same way: “Best book ever written.”




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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