Donald Trump Jr.’s Triggered is No. 1 with a dagger.

 The controversial businessman’s new book debuted at top spot on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction this week, but critics of the president’s son are noting that his entry on the list comes with a dagger symbol, which the Times uses to note that “some retailers report receiving bulk orders.”

That’s led some skeptical observers to speculate that sales of the book were artificially high because of bulk orders possibly placed by the Republican National Committee or by Trump Jr. himself, the Guardian reports.





Trump Jr.’s allies dismissed the dagger as sour grapes on the part of liberals:




The book’s publisher, Hachette imprint Center Street, didn’t deny that bulk orders might have helped the book land at No. 1 on the list, but said the RNC “didn’t purchase books from Hachette, and we don’t have knowledge of third-party book purchases.”

 Fortune magazine notes that Trump Jr.’s book was also named the No. 1 nonfiction bestseller of the week by USA Today and Publishers Weekly, but posted less impressive figures on the Barnes Noble website, where it was ranked No. 44. As of Friday afternoon, it was the No. 2 bestselling book on Amazon, finishing behind Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball.

Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.