North Charleston, S.C. — Donald Trump may be pushing for an Apple boycott, but the message may not have trickled down to the vendors selling merchandise at his campaign rally on Friday.
A few hours after Trump called for a boycott of Apple products until the company unlocks the phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, his official campaign store inside the North Charleston Convention Center was using several Apple iPads to ring up sales for campaign swag.
"Boycott Apple, we want the secrets," Trump said at a rally earlier in the day. "They don’t want to open up the phones, give me a break, why wouldn't they want to do it?"
"The phone is owned by the government. What are they doing?" Trump continued, referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook's resistance to comply with a judge's order to help the FBI access encrypted data on Farook's locked phone.
"We have to look and see what's going on. Let Apple open up the phones so that we find out where these threats are coming from. And I said boycott Apple until we do it, boycott them. Who cares?”
The merchandise table inside the later Trump campaign event was set up with about 10 Apple iPads for use by customers to swipe their cards and pay for the Trump-themed goods.