The Donald Trump Christmas ornament on Amazon might be a hoax, but the reviews are awesome – Quartz
If you want to read some cutting political commentary, go to the review section of Amazon.com and check under the item â€œTrump Make America Great Again Red Cap Collectible Ornament.â€
Itâ€™s unclear whether the tiny red cap emblazoned with US president-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign motto is for real. Its 14-karat-gold coating and selling pitchâ€”â€œThis ornament is sure to make any tree stand outâ€â€”make it sound like a joke. And itâ€™s unclear you could get your hands on one. The item is currently listed as unavailable, and Amazon says it doesnâ€™t know when or if it will ever be back in stock.
In the meantime, the online retailer is unintentionally providing a rare forum where Americans can humorously vent their residual electoral frustration. Indeed, the ruse of â€œreviewingâ€ a product somehow makes for less jarring commentary than the raw rants that populate the comment sections of many publications.
Most of the nearly 1,700 reviews are decidedly anti-Trump. The vast majorityâ€”90%â€”give the glittering ornament a single star. Some of them mock Trumpâ€™s penchant for superlativesâ€”and his apparently fragile ego.
â€œSad!â€ wrote one customer. â€œI was expecting a tremendous, tremendous item. I was excited. Bigly. Itâ€™s thousands and thousands times worse than expected.â€
â€œWorst ornament, ever! Very thin material, shatters into a million pieces, unless constantly told how bigly you love it,â€ wrote another one.
Racism was a big theme in many reviews. â€œDelivery was unsuccessful,â€ wrote one reviewer. â€œNo matter what address I entered, they kept sending it to â€˜The African-Americans, Inner City, USA.â€™ Attempts to address to me personally and send to my middle class suburban condo were repeatedly ignored. I guess this just isnâ€™t for me.â€
â€œGreat bargain!â€ proclaimed another one. â€œCame with an entire crate of white hood ornaments.â€ The downside: â€œMy tree is now on fire.â€
There are plenty of accounts from dissatisfied customers complaining about the red capâ€™s bigoted behavior. It grabbed plum fairies, angels, and cats, and ranked the Virgin Mary on the scale of 1 to 10. In others, it put the three wise men behind a wall, and called Jesus an anchor baby.
Many grumbled that they didnâ€™t even buy the Trump ornament, but were saddled with it anyway and couldnâ€™t return it for four years. â€œI was one of the two million more people who ordered a different ornament but still received this one,â€ one of them said.
Other complaints were policy-related: â€œMine came with a companion ornament that keeps electrocuting my gay friends. I believe these items are defective,â€ wrote another. (Mike Pence, Trumpâ€™s vice president, has advocated for public spending on â€œconversion therapy,â€ a controversial treatment meant to change a personâ€™s sexual orientation.)
Another hit Trump on trade: â€œI bought this ornament, but now we canâ€™t get Christmas presents because it started a trade war with the North Pole after accusing the elves of taking American toy-manufacturing jobs.â€
One buyer said he got the ornament for the velvet-lined box it came in â€œso that I have a place to keep all my broken hopes and dreams.â€
To be sure, the hanging red cap had the occasional genuinely positive review, such as this one. â€œThis is a really good ornament to take the place of all the mind blowing dumb ornaments over the past 8 years.â€
But other Trump supporters were not amused by the exercise.
â€œAll the negative reviews on here are childish and obscene,â€ she chided. â€œTake yourselves to a different country if you donâ€™t want to governed by our new president! At least he wants to try to fix this broken nation.â€
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