A journalist at Vox tweeted about the commercial:
I can't believe this commercial that just ran on Fox News is for real pic.twitter.com/gGInt8BKhp— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 12, 2018
The ad for Trumpy Bear ― yes, it’s the actual name of the product ― features a bear with Trump’s signature comb-over, white cuffs, a collar and a red tie seated on a motorcycle, riding in a golf cart and even snuggled up in a chair.
Perhaps the most bizarre facet of the bear is that it has a secret pocket that reveals an American flag blanket.
Through a Fox News spokesperson, Fox News’ senior vice president of eastern sales, Dom Rossi, explained the commercial is a local ad and the network does “not do business with them nationally.”
Trumpy Bear appears to have been around since at least mid-2017, with similar advertisements to the one that aired on Monday popping up all over YouTube. This latest resurgence, though, has brought people out of the woodwork to ask: Is this real?
Luckily, Snopes did everyone a service by fact-checking the bear’s existence and informing readers: “Trumpy Bear is real. The commercial is real, not a spoof (although some moments appear to have been written with tongue firmly in cheek). And the bear itself is a real product available for purchase.”
The reaction to the bear popping up again has been a treat in and of itself:
Democracy dies in a trumpy Bear ad. https://t.co/nbl4eeKPR1— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 12, 2018
Trumpy Bear is the perfect stocking stuffer.— Jeff Dwoskin - Hashtag Roundup (@bigmacher) November 12, 2018
I bought the deluxe version that comes with payoff money to keep Barbie quiet. pic.twitter.com/1zV1ClqhCy
Trumpy Bear is my new patronus.— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) November 12, 2018
If this ran as an SNL digital short I wouldn’t know the difference— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) November 12, 2018
Just discovered "Trumpy Bear" and okay, that's enough Twitter for me for one day.— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) November 12, 2018
TRUMPY BEAR: Step on it Chad, I got a hot date tonight with the star of THE CANS OF THE CAVE BEAR. Presidenting is so hard. pic.twitter.com/1EjsLdzyQc— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) November 12, 2018
Lol it comes with a certificate of authenticity https://t.co/H88QN8gpsC— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 12, 2018
So, here's the thing: Trumpy Bear owns— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) November 12, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.