In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, Trump rallies have been postponed. But thanks to Michelle Terris and Diane Ventura, you can still show your support for President Trump’s re-election by waving a bright red Trump Towel from the window of your house or car. You can even wrap yourself in a beach-sized Trump Towel as you take a walk around your neighborhood. It’s all for a good cause.
According to Terris, a Pittsburgh native now living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Trump Towel is her way of helping out Gold Star families. “Last September, I had this vision of a sea of red Trump Towels, all waving at Trump’s rallies in a show of support,” she recalls.
Terris looked for a manufacturer to partner with and was introduced to Ventura–also a native Pittsburgher. In the next moment, the Trump Towel was born. Proceeds from the sale of the towels are donated to deserving individuals and organizations.
“It was beshert,” Terris says, using a Jewish term, which means “pre-ordained” or “meant to be”. She is also the founder of the #JEXIT Movement (Jexitusa.org), in which Liberal Jews are “educated to leave the Marxist jihadi Democrat party, whose policies are radical leftist ideologies,” according to the organization’s mission statement.
IT’S A PITTSBURGH THING
The concept of waving a brightly-colored towel was first invented by Pittsburgh sportscaster Myron Cope. Best known for being “the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers” for 35 years, the color commentator passed away in 2008, but his legacy lives on through The Terrible Towel. Anyone who’s ever watched a Steelers football game is familiar with the black and gold kitchen-sized towels being waved by the team’s fans.
In 1996, Cope handed The Terrible Towel’s ownership documents over to Allegheny Valley School for the mentally retarded, which now receives all the royalties from the ever-popular towels. His son Danny has lived at Allegheny Valley School since 1982.
“The Terrible Towel was my inspiration,” says Terris, adding that using it as a way to raise money for Gold Star families and others is in line with Myron Cope’s act of generosity. “I think he would approve, because this is also a charitable item.”
KEEP ON TRUMPIN!
Their website, www.TheTrumpTowel.com, was launched by Ivanka Trump’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, (whitehouse.gov/wgdp) in September of 2019. Since then, they’ve donated $5000 to five families.
“A lot of people have bought the towels, and they love them,” says Terris, noting that they were getting very popular at rallies and have been featured in “Operation Towel Drops” throughout the country. Even President Trump has taken notice of the towels and has been photographed with one on his golf bag. “We’re hoping to get back to business soon with the rallies, but outside of the rallies, they’re still a lot of fun. The Trump Towel is multifunctional, because it can be used to shield you from the sun, as well as for flag drops and flag waving.”
The Trump Towel Team was a Participating Sponsor of the CPAC Convention in February and donated $1000 to Advocates For Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), honoring Angel Mom Sabine Durden with a check. The organization was created by the parents and siblings who have suffered the loss of a loved one to illegal alien crime.
The Trump Towel made its public debut at President Trump’s Sunrise, Florida rally in November 2019. “We have sinced branched out to beach towels, and now have a golf towel,” says Terris. “It’s been an exciting way to show our support through our faith, flag and freedom.”
Jill Cueni-Cohen is an international freelance journalist and the author of Like It Was Yesterday – A Journalist’s Files Since 9/11. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she hosts a live daily Facebook show called the BEACH REPORT.