By STEVEN FERRARO
A new interactive Donald Trump mask was unveiled in front of Trump Tower on Thursday.
The “Trumpism Randomizer Mask”, one that will be able to recognize users’ voices while being worn, will activate when users say words that have become more or less catch phrases for Trump on the campaign trail and the first month of his Presidency. When words like “huge”, “terrific”, or “wrong” are spoken, the mask produces longer phrases in a Trump-like voice.
“We thought it would be funny to create a mask for people who love Donald Trump and people who hate him,” said Andy Wiseman, CEO of RedwoodVentures, the company behind the idea.
The mask will be the company’s first novelty toy and is unlike anything they’ve ever done before. Along with sounding close to the way Trump speaks, the mask has an authentic look to it. It is a large, almost flabby, version of President Trump’s face. The hair is bright yellow and flowing, and the face—as many would expect — orange.
Wiseman extravagantly predicted the mask “is going to be the best selling toy of all time. It’s going to be (Trump voice) huge.”
Wiseman may have kept a neutral, playful attitude towards the current political climate, but others did not.
“I hate these opportunists that want to make money off the election,” said Paul Rossen who has been selling anti-Trump buttons in front of Trump Tower since the spring and was there for the unveiling of the new mask. Rossen is the son of a German immigrant and firmly opposes President Trump and all of his policies. He also did not feel so warmly about the Trump Randomizer mask.
The mask was scheduled to be showcased to the public at the American International Toy Fair this weekend at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It will be available for purchase in time for Halloween.