SAN ANTONIO - Fiesta 2017 is weeks away, but one medal is already getting attention world-wide. The controversial new medal is in such high demand, people from Europe want it.
KENS 5 spoke to the local attorney behind the Donald Trump "Commemorative Fiesta Medal."
"It's something we thought was just in jest, it was fun," said Rosie Gonzalez, a family law attorney.
The medal is a spin-off of Lotería, or Mexican bingo.
"My friend Phillip Anaya* and I decided this would be a great way to get into the mix of the political quagmire that we find ourselves in every day," Gonzalez said.
The medal's rainbow ribbon is in support of the LGBTQ community. The number 45 is in the corner for our 45th president, then a Spanish curse word spreads across the bottom.
"Given our common sentiments, we labeled it, 'El P******'," Gonzalez said.
The insult to President Trump has offended so many people that Trump supporters are threatening Gonzalez.
"There's been some talk on the alternate right blogs about blowing up this office and death threats possibly," she said.
George Rodriguez, a conservative commentator and Trump supporter, believes the vulgarity of the medal crosses the line.
"If someone who was conservative and Republican, a Trump supporter, came out with a nasty medal like that against Hillary [Clinton] or Senator Elizabeth Warren, or anybody, I'm sure there would be an immediate outcry," said Rodriguez, who thinks that politics should stay out of Fiesta. "It's definitely not a medal that I would allow children to see or wear. A medal like this, in my opinion, dampens Fiesta week. It puts a nasty political spin on it."
The medal is definitely popular. Gonzalez ordered 500 medals in the first batch and spent just over $800. She's selling them out of her office on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10 apiece.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bexar County CPS Children's Safe Room and the PEARLS program for young women.
"The demand got, suddenly, feverishly high for this medal within 24 hours," said Gonzalez, who noted that they sold out immediately. "We've gotten calls from Germany, California, Washington state, Washington, D.C., all over the state of Texas, Chicago, we had a man from El Salvador."
A second batch is coming in, 1,000 more medals and that's it.
The waiting list keeps growing.
Gonzalez says she's sending one medal as a gift to the Commander in Chief.
"I'm not afraid. I'm a red-blooded American citizen with the rights that everyone else has under the First Amendment, and I'm gonna exercise that right," she said.
*no relation to KENS 5 anchor/reporter Phil Anaya
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