I don’t like Donald Trump, and based on the protests against him and the fact that he only won something like 19% of the population, I feel safe going out on a limb and assuming others feel the same way.
To make it even more evident, I’m going to cite the fact that this is cropping up on social media again — and the company behind it is using it to troll Donald Trump one of the classiest ways possible.
The translation for “Nous sommes desoles que notre president soit un idiot, nous n’avons pas vote por lui,” as noted above, is “We are sorry that our president is an idiot; we have not voted/did not vote for him.”
Now, if you’re American, you probably thought of Donald Trump. It’s a fair assumption. The company that made it, Tom Bihn, is one owned by humans; Cheetolini is, in fact, an idiot; and no, most Americans did not vote for him. Of the 49% of the population that voted in November, under half voted for Agent Orange. That means, all told, His Majestic Golden Shower netted a total of 19-20% of the population.
It’s still about twice the population that think the moon landing was faked, though, so woo, go America.
Of course, if you’re French, you probably thought the thing was a reference to Jacques Chirac.
But wait, those internationally aware among you are asking — isn’t the current President of France Francois Hollande?
Yes, he is. But the reason the French thought this was a reference to Chirac is because the bag with the tag affixed was originally produced in 2004, when Chirac was president. Of course, the United States had a different president in 2004, too — one who was more popular, not that it’s saying much: Bush the Lesser.
Tom Bihn sells throughout the United States and Canada, thus explaining the French. In 2004, when it first cropped up on social media, company owner Tom Bihn told the AP that it was a joke:
I’m going with the idea that it’s a joke about me,” he told The Associated Press in 2004. But, he added, “Clearly when you use the word ‘idiot’ and ‘president’ in the same sentence, people jump to other conclusions.
“It’s a universal message,” he added.
As for politics circa 2017, and how it’s being used to troll Trump, in the wake of the Orange Revanchist’s “victory,” the company — which makes backpacks, laptop carriers, duffel bags, and the like — is offering a 3-inch “donation crane” made from scrap fabric to anyone looking to give $20 to progressive causes. For each crane purchased, Bihn promised, the company will send the entire amount to a progressive agency like the NAACP, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Equality Now, UNICEF, and the Human Rights Campaign.
Which is good. I get the feeling those organizations are going to need all the help they can get.