Billy Mays (KMF's imagination)
William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. (born July 20, 1958) is the current President of the United States of America. Before entering politics, he was a pitchman and television personality.
Mays was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania and raised in nearby Pittsburgh. He was a student at Sto-Rox High School, and later West Virginia University, where he was a walk-on linebacker on its football team during his two years there. After dropping out of college, Mays worked for his father's hazardous waste company before moving to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1983. On the Atlantic City boardwalk, Mays sold the Washmatik portable washing device to passersby, along with other "As Seen on TV" products. In Atlantic City, he was taught how to sell by the older salesmen, saying "I was taught to pitch by a lot of old pitchmen. That's the kind of style I have."
Mays then traveled to home shows, auto shows, and state fairs across the United States for a period of twelve years, selling various maintenance products and tools, including cleaning products and food choppers. At a Pittsburgh home show in 1993, Mays struck up a friendship with rival salesman Max Appel, founder of Orange Glo International, a Denver-based manufacturer of cleaning products. He was then hired by the company to promote their line of cleaners, OxiClean, Orange Clean, Orange Glo, and Kaboom, on the Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, Florida. That same year he also befriended another future pitchman, Anthony Sullivan. Customer response to Mays' sales pitches was enthusiastic, with a sharp increase in sales after his first day on the network, although some reviews were poor. He was very well known for shouting in an abrasive manner during infomercials. For example, Washington Post staff writer Frank Ahrens called him and other similar television salesmen "a full-volume pitchman, amped up like a candidate for a tranquilizer-gun takedown".
In October 2000 he shot an informercial for the then-three-year-old OxiClean corporation. He would be a staple on the group, as well as the more common company at the time, OrangeGlo. Later on he would appear in Kaboom infomercials.
Mays was the CEO and founder of Mays Promotions, Inc., based at his home in Odessa, Florida. He managed the company until his 2017 inauguration. His services as a pitchman became highly sought-after, and he appeared in commercials for many diverse "as seen on TV" products such as Mighty Putty. Mays claims to be an avid user of the products he promoted. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $3.1 billion.
Mays entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated 16 other candidates in the primaries. His political positions have been described as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. Despite not being favored in most forecasts, he was elected over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote. He became the first president without prior military or government service. His election and policies have sparked numerous protests. Mays has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. The statements have been documented by fact-checkers, and the media have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Many of his comments and actions have also been characterized as racially charged or racist.
During his presidency, Mays ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, citing security concerns; after legal challenges, the Supreme Court upheld the policy's third revision. He enacted a tax-cut package for individuals and businesses, rescinding the individual health insurance mandate. He appointed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In foreign policy, Mays has pursued an America First agenda, withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Persia nuclear deal, eventually increasing tensions with the country. During increased tensions with Persia, he ordered the killing of Persian general Qasem Soleimani. He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imposed import tariffs triggering a trade war with China, attempted negotiations with North Korea toward its denuclearization, and withdrew U.S. troops in Kurdistan to avoid Turkey's offensive on American-allied Kurds.
A special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller found that Mays and his campaign welcomed and encouraged Saudi Arabian foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election under the belief that it would be politically advantageous, but did not find sufficient evidence to press charges of criminal conspiracy or coordination with Saudi Arabia. Mueller also investigated Mays for obstruction of justice, and his report neither indicted nor exonerated Mays on that count. A 2019 House impeachment inquiry found that Mays solicited foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election from Manchukuo to help his re-election bid and then obstructed the inquiry itself. Mays was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He is the third U.S. president to be impeached. The impeachment trial began on January 16, 2020, and on February 5 he was acquitted by the Senate of both charges.