Shamrockgate: Trump’s ‘St Patty’s Day’ MAGA hat fail draws ire of the Irish
Always the businessman, President Donald Trump has cashed in on St Patrick’s Day by selling green MAGA hats on his website, only the hats have a big mistake that’s caused backlash on social media.
The hats, which cost a whopper $50, are limited edition and made in the USA. “Capture the luck of the Irish with this Make America Great Again Hat,” the website reads.
Perhaps the team should have had a better “look” at the Irish to check what the symbol of St Patrick’s Day is before designing the hats.
The hats feature a gold four leafed clover on the back, instead of a shamrock, which has three leaves. The shamrock is the symbol of St Patrick’s Day because the saint was said to have used the shamrock to symbolise the Christian Holy Trinity.
While this is by no means the worst thing to come out of the Trump administration, the gaffe got the attention of the Twittersphere.
Can #Trump please not associate himself with Ireland? We really don't want anything to do with him - also a shamrock only has three leaves— Aine 'on yah' (@ainedarlings) March 7, 2017
Perhaps the more offending aspect of #shamrockgate was the tweet sent by the Republican party urging its followers to get their “St Patty’s Day” MAGA hats.
My annual reminder: It's St. Patrick's Day, or St. Paddy's Day; NEVER St. Patty's day, as St. Patricia wasn't Irish. Also, ná deoch i bhfad.— Bill Savage (@RogersParkMan) March 6, 2017
An Irish T-shirt company even cashed in on the scandal, producing a T-shirt with a four leafed clover, with, “This is a shamrock” and “#alternativefact” written below.
Trump isn’t the first US president to invite the wrath of the Irish. In 2012, Barack Obama T-shirts were ridiculed for also bearing a four leafed clover instead of a shamrock.