Supporters of President Donald Trump have long hailed his positive impact on the economy but now, it seems, even his critics are making a profit – at his expense.
Anti-Trump merchandise is not only popular in The Resistance circles, it is downright profitable.
In an op-ed published in the New York Post, National Review critic-at-large, Kyle Smith, detailed the many products being sold based on a hatred of the president.
“No wonder the economy’s booming. The election of Donald Trump may have given a big boost to the stock market last year, but this year he’s been an absolute godsend for the shlock market,” Smith wrote.
He began by noting the Pecan Resist flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, “that legendary social-justice dessert created by two New Yorkers who fled to the second-whitest state in America.” The limited edition of the flavor from the Vermont-based company supports the work of four liberal organizations including the Women’s March.
“We can peacefully resist the Trump administration’s regressive and discriminatory policies,” the website states, adding “we can build a more just and equitable tomorrow.”
Smith pointed out that a “quarter of a container heaves with 300 calories. Be Antifa, not antifat. Say ‘I hate Trump’ with love handles!”
“Keep in mind that Ben & Jerry’s, which received millions of dollars’ worth of fawning free publicity linked to this stunt, is donating a whole $100,000 to liberal causes linked to the new flavor. B&J sell half a billion dollars’ worth of ice cream each year,” Smith added.
Lingua Franca, a clothing company that half-jokingly describes itself as “a subversive underground movement to counteract the forces of mass production, mindless consumerism, and the patriarchy,” offers $380 cashmere sweaters reading “I miss Barack,” “I believe her,” and “Nevertheless she voted.”
“Honey, if the system is enabling you to blow $380 swathing yourself in cashmere, it’s working fine for you,” Smith quipped.
He also noted “an amazingly ugly ‘Resist persist insist’ T-shirt sold by Monogram Studio for $65. “You’ll look resistible in it,” Smith wrote.
Society 6 not only offers coffee mugs declaring, “I hate when I wake up and Donald Trump is still president,” the site also sells a shower curtain supporting the 25th Amendment for $69.99.
“That’s the one that says a president can be removed if he is unable to discharge his duties,” Smith noted. “Unfortunately for the shower-curtain resistance, the 25th Amendment does not say a president can be removed from office if he proves far too able to discharge his duties in a way liberals don’t like.”
Even an audience too young to read yet can still be part of the anti-Trump movement as a company called “Teepublic” sells toddler T-shirts declaring “Rise up” with a clenched fist.
Half of the profits from this shirt apparently go to the anti-gun March for Our Lives campaign, the website stated.
CafePress offers multiple anti-Trump items, including bumper stickers, buttons and T-shirts.
Book lovers can find an outlet for their Trump hatred in some offerings including: “Good and Mad” by Rebecca Traister, “Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger” by Soraya Chemaly and “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower” by Brittney Cooper.
Finally, Smith noted yet another way the president’s critics are making money: Etsy is selling hipster panties reading, “Dump Trump.”
“Just imagine you ate too many beans and you need to let out some gas. Well, you will be happy to do it in these panties,” the advertisement read.
“Keep dreaming, #resist fans,” Smith concluded. “Like all the other Trump-hating kitsch, the panty protest amounts to so much breaking wind in a tornado.”
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