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.
Liberal paper straws don’t work.
STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today!https://t.co/nanyEFK938
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) July 18, 2019
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
Buck fifty a straw no less. Even their merch is a grift. https://t.co/DsuBQSdeb0
— Schooley (@Rschooley) 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
They should sell sippy cups for tiny hands. That will really own the libs. pic.twitter.com/dNHHEO4S27
— Unarmed Teacher (@UnarmedTeacher) July 19, 2019
Recycling to own the libs
— JD (@JDHornski) July 18, 2019
— GilTPolitics (@GilTPolitics) July 19, 2019
I think they might have misjudged their target audience. pic.twitter.com/OSv8EwMPn0
— Adrenochrome Harvester (@ClenchedFisk) July 18, 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
Perfect for the kool-aid
— Sean Whitson (@SonOfWhit) July 18, 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
You can buy 10 Trump straws for $15— if you’re a sucker https://t.co/eVs6HBKMfW
— Bong-Hits for Moderates (@jerweber) July 18, 2019
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.