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.— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) July 18, 2019
STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today!https://t.co/nanyEFK938
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
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.— Cosmichomicide (@Cosmichomicide) July 19, 2019
Where are you trying to stick them that they don't? And what kind of rube buys a plastic straw for $1.50 anyway?
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.