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Parscale, Breitbart Wrongfully Accuse Lego of Pulling White House, Police Sets

Parscale, Breitbart Wrongfully Accuse Lego of Pulling White House, Police Sets

Conservative lawmakers and media can often seem sensitive to any kind of criticism. This is especially true when they feel that something they stand for is being criticized by a company.

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Early on Thursday, a report surfaced that the Danish company LEGO, was removing Police and White House toy sets from stores. While the story was false, Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale and the website, Breitbart both ran with the story.

Parscale took to Twitter early Thursday morning, writing, “This is nuts. LEGO is removing playsets featuring police, firefighters & emergency vehicles. Even ditching an adult White House kit. We ought to stress the good in law enforcement for kids. What does Joe Biden think about LEGO erasing cops?”

LEGO responded directly to the campaign chief, “We are not removing any LEGO sets from sale. Reports otherwise are false.”

The toymaker was quite clear about their intentions with a Thursday tweet which went out around noon. “We’ve seen incorrect reports saying we’ve removed some LEGO sets from sale,” read the message. “To be clear, that is not the case and reports otherwise are false. Our intention was to temporarily pause digital advertising in response to events in the US. We hope this clears things up.”

Conservative newsite Breitbart was also critical of the company. “Lego has asked retailers to pull some play figures from store shelves in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, including all police figures and accessories, firefighters, and accessories, and even the White House.”

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Breitbart’s message came long after LEGO had denies the report. The site later issue a correction.



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