In President Donald Trump’s vow to “make America great again”, he has been calling on his followers to “buy American and hire American.” He even reminded everyone watching his inaugural address on Friday all about it.
In his speech, Trump promised to get Americans “off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor,” by following “two simple rules: buy American and hire American.”
And while the soundness of such a policy remains highly debatable, many Trump supporters have latched on to the idea favorably.
That’s why many were baffled, err, horrified, to discover that the Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps were not manufactured in America, Reuters reported.
Trump supporters Rob Walker and wife Abby purchased their “Make America Great Again” cap at a truck stop on their way to Washington. While shocked to discover that the caps were made in China, they still bought some, hoping no one would notice.
On Trump’s official campaign website, the caps are, reportedly, indeed American-made and are priced around $25-$30. The variety sold by vendors in Washington on Friday, however, were much less expensive, with most going for just $20.
Just like the ones Joshua Rojas and Alyssa Young bought during the event.
“I loved it as soon as I saw it. I bought it right over there from one of the vendors for $20,” Young told Reuters. Asked if her hat was American-made, she replied, “I don’t know where it was made actually.”
To check, she flipped her hat and looked at the label. “Oh no,” said Young sounded disappointed. “It’s made in Vietnam!”
Others also made similar discoveries in “horror”, finding out that some of the hats were made in China, some in Vietnam and the others in Bangladesh.
— RozaneAtHome (@RozaneAtHome) November 15, 2016
And while many were disappointed, some of them actually did not seem to mind (or get) the irony.