After the Trump administration issued rights to discriminate under the guise of "religious freedom" and issued transphobic new rules for the military, one would think President Donald Trump wasn't very popular with the people his administration tries to target with federally sanctioned discrimination.
But that doesn't mean he won't try to sell them a t-shirt.
Apropos to nothing—since LGBTQ Pride Month was in June—the Trump reelection campaign unveiled their latest pride merchandise.
This appeared on Trump's official campaign website.
Yes, for the low, low sum of $25 you can show your support for the man who reinstated the ban on transgender people serving in the military and promoted a "religious freedom" doctrine that involves Evangelical Christian owned businesses, evangelical doctors, nurses and paramedics and other professionals denying even lifesaving services to LGBTQ people without consequences and just generally made life more difficult for LGBTQ people.
Piece-of-Shirt! The Unbelievable Audacity Of A New LGBT Merch Line https://t.co/u4c3hY9CSe #2020Election… https://t.co/vLqWcJVebn— Instinct Magazine (@Instinct Magazine)1575844322.0
This was not the first time Trump tried to shill his shirts.
The Trump campaign first brought out their Pride Merchandise in late May to coincide with LGBTQ Pride Month.
With this design.
How declaring love for Trump showed LGBTQ pride (or self-awareness) wasn't clear.
But apparently the $30 price point wasn't enticing so the shirt got marked down to $24.
At the time, Buzzfeed News' David Mack let the world know on Twitter.
Trump — who banned trans troops, is against LGBT employment protections, wants ppl to be able to turn away LGBT cus… https://t.co/qq5n3jQb8n— David Mack (@David Mack)1558638457.0
Unlike prior President's (excluding Republicans), Trump failed to recognize LGBTQ Pride month.
Not even a nod was given to the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in 2019 until it proved to be a launching pad for selling t-shirts.
Worth noting that the Trump White House has never even put out a symbolic statement to mark June as Pride Month.… https://t.co/TMCsIzB8mn— David Mack (@David Mack)1558638583.0
Mack came with receipts on the Trump administration relationship with the LGBTQ community.
Anyway, here's this from @dominicholden https://t.co/YLHJbPXB7S— David Mack (@David Mack)1558638623.0
Presumably the new design is in time for the holidays.
What LGBTQ person could resist this gift under their tree or to commemorate the festival of lights?
This has "your least favorite MAGA Aunt or Uncle" gift written all over it.
@Drew_Yall @AmicaAli Yeah where that pride shirt into one of Trumps rallies and see how welcomed you would be. Gays… https://t.co/0r13qEcBgF— Gail Dow (@Gail Dow)1575662568.0
Why the hell is Donald Trump selling pride MAGA shirts. Why. He's a homophobic racist, he is the LAST person who sh… https://t.co/huSn9jfDdq— ⛄ Ender 🌥️ my boo is my forever 😘❤ (@⛄ Ender 🌥️ my boo is my forever 😘❤)1575680239.0
Could he be taking aim at a specific Democratic candidate?
@Lis_Smith @grittypol This could explain why Trump's website is pushing a pride themed t shirt— Jim Granahan (@Jim Granahan)1575834227.0
People found it too surreal.
Trump selling "Pride" shirts when his very administration attacks LGBTQ people on the DAILY & Zimmerman counter-sui… https://t.co/Q4dJsk3UN5— Eric Amaya (@Eric Amaya)1575575948.0
If you're looking for a gift this holiday season, unless your recipient is a frequent attendee of MAGA rallies, maybe lay off the Trump merch or things could get super awkward.