If you’re “so over” paper straws, you have company in the Trump campaign — and can shell out $15 to show it.
The president’s re-election campaign store is selling what it has branded “Trump Straws,” which it’s billing as an alternative to “liberal paper straws” that “don’t work.” A pack of 10 goes for $15. And while they’re not paper, the campaign does say they’re BPA free — as well as reusable and recyclable.
“Making Straws Great Again,” tweeted Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, with a link to the store. In a separate tweet, Parscale said he was “so over paper straws,” attaching a picture of a mangled straw in a plastic cup and likening it to what unidentified liberals would do to the economy: “Squeeze it until it doesn’t work.”
Parscale and Trump fans may be fed up with paper straws. But companies like Whole Foods and cities like San Francisco aren’t. As part of an effort to cut use of disposable plastic straws, Amazon AMZN, -0.68%-owned Whole Foods has said it would eliminate them from stores in the U.S., U.K. and Canada by this month. Companies like Starbucks SBUX, -1.31% and American Airlines AAL, -1.96% have also joined the anti-plastic movement.
In San Francisco, a city ordinance took effect July 1 banning the sale and distribution of plastic straws and other plastic dining items. Other cities have enacted plastic straw bans as well.
Trump himself was asked about straws before departing the White House for a fundraiser on Friday, and said he thought “we have bigger problems than plastic straws.”
“What about the plates, the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger and they’re made of the same material? So the straws are interesting. Everybody focuses on the straws. There is a lot of other things to focus on,” he added.
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