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"Aged with notes of Trump’s racism in every bottle"

Kate Welsh
July 23, 2018

Beautiful Charlottesville, VA, is home to the prestigious University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson's stately manor Monticello, and, oh yeah, Trump Winery. 

While the winery denies having anything to do with the current president, the vineyard was purchased by The Donald back in 2011. A year later, he handed it off to his son, Eric, for minding. Still, he likes to brag about how he owns "one of the largest wineries in the United States that's in Charlottesville." 

Trump made these remarks at a press conference last year, when he was supposed to be commenting on the violent, white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally, at which a protester drove an SUV into a crowd of peaceful counterprotesters, killing one and injuring dozens. Instead of calling the protesters what they were—which is "racist," by the way—he referred to them as "fine people."  

All of this made Charlottesville a prime location for two comedians, Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, to kick off a viral marketing campaign for Boycott Bigotry, a series of comedy events meant to draw attention to Trump's intolerance and conflicts of interest, and get people to take action. "After the white supremacist terror attack in Charlottesville last August—the one where Trump called the racists 'fine people'—he took time out of a press conference to brag about his great winery in the area. If that’s not conflicts-of-interest-meets-bigotry, I don’t know what is," Farsad explained to Forbes.  

This past weekend, to promote the "Boycott Bigotry" campaign's kickoff, the comedians posted fake ads for Trump Winery in Charlottesville newspapers, on posters around town, and on a mobile billboard, bringing attention to the president's seemingly unending list of conflicts of interest

The comedians are planning shows around the country. To keep an eye on when they may be coming to your neck of the woods, check out their website

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