President Donald Trump’s campaign is offering an unusual new item for sale: commemorative plastic straws with the president’s name on them.
“Liberal paper straws don’t work,” claims a tweet promoting the straws.
The Team Trump account then asks supporters to “stand with President Trump” by using his special “laser-engraved” plastic straws at just $15 for a pack of 10 (plus shipping). Typically, 1,000 plastic straws retail for about $10, making the Trump straws 150 times more expensive.
A growing number of communities are banning or restricting single-use plastic straws due to their environmental harm, and some companies have voluntarily phased them out. That move has become a point of grievance in right-wing media, with Fox News doing multiple segments railing against straw bans.
Given that the goal ― aside from raising money for the 2020 election ― is to mock the environmental agenda of the left, the page promoting the straws included a curious fact: These straws are recyclable, reusable and BPA-free.
At least they’re made in the U.S., unlike a number of items for sale at the Trump Organization store.
Twitter critics, however, said the straws just plain sucked:
at least when one of these kills a sea turtle we’ll be able to personally trace it back to Trump
— JEFF WILD (@jiffywild) July 19, 2019
Kinda undercuts the message that they’re reusable and recyclable. Real Trump supporters use their straws only once. https://t.co/mjMqhA2XiB
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) July 19, 2019
I say this as someone who hates paper straws and would rather eat chalk: we’re too stupid to survive as a species https://t.co/4efbroebsf
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) July 19, 2019
BPA free? That sounds suspiciously liberal to me.
— Dan Fagin (@danfagin) July 19, 2019
Buying cheap and overpriced straws to own the libs.
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) July 19, 2019
$15 for ten measly straws? I can get 100 for a buck at Walmart, and if I want writing on it, I have a sharpie.
— 🌀Myles, PhD (@MylesLP) July 19, 2019
I’m old enough to remember when paper straws were the norm. They work just fine.
Where are you trying to stick them that they don’t? And what kind of rube buys a plastic straw for $1.50 anyway?
— Cosmichomicide (@Cosmichomicide) July 19, 2019