- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2016

The American Mustache Institute has accused Donald Trump of “unacceptable mustache discrimination” after a report Thursday alleged the president-elect passed up John R. Bolton for secretary of state because of his mustache.

The AMI, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that advocates for “Mustached Americans,” issued a statement Thursday saying, “the Mustached American community is deeply troubled by a new administration erecting yet another obstacle towards a level playing field for people of Mustached American heritage.”

The statement comes after The Washington Post reported that several of Mr. Trump’s associates said they thought Mr. Bolton’s “brush-like mustache” was one of the reasons the president-elect rejected him for secretary of state.

Donald was not going to like that mustache,” one associate, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Post. “I can’t think of anyone that’s really close to Donald that has a beard that he likes.”

The AMI called Mr. Trump’s alleged discrimination against mustaches “unacceptable,” Mediaite reported.

“In short, it is about opportunity for all Americans — including Mustached Americans — and history paints an unfortunate portrait of the Mustached American plight,” the statement read.

“Throughout much of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has preyed on a broad array of fears — vilifying Mexicans, poking fun at the handicapped, misogynistically castigating women and now — perhaps most unsettling — discriminating against people of Mustached American descent,” the AMI concluded. “Mr. Trump, your discriminatory actions are unacceptable. The Mustached American people will stand by no longer.”

The AMI has been described as “The Onion of associations.” The Associations Now watchdog says the AMI is a real nonprofit, “but much of what they say is either fake, humorous, or grossly exaggerated.” A 2007 report by The New York Times called the AMI a “tongue-in-cheek effort” with serious intent.

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