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.
Need a #MAGA hat for St. Patty’s Day? ☘️ Get it here: https://t.co/kRN4tlF4GXpic.twitter.com/QYqdtVTHy1— GOP (@GOP) March 3, 2017
Who pays $50 for a baseball cap??? complete with the wrong motiff, a clover and not a shamrock. Oh yes, Trump supporters #shamrockgatehttps://t.co/Y3cfrMV8qg— Tom Barrett (@tombarrett200) March 7, 2017
Capture the luck of the Irish with this Make America Great Again Hat. While supplies last! BUY NOW: https://t.co/TbqIm56aoY#MAGApic.twitter.com/PCZLl7HXdD— Official Team Trump (@TeamTrump) March 2, 2017
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.
#Fakefacts#Trump store sells Patrick's Day green hat with 4-leaf clover not #shamrock. Make Ireland Grate Again. pic.twitter.com/VDZcMxfAuw— Dobharchu (@Dobharchu) March 7, 2017
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
Trump being culturally clueless with a four leaf clover instead of a shamrock @donoghue88 where's your dad from? Bawston. pic.twitter.com/NedHuskpKl— Olivia Victoria (@oliviavcbrooks) March 6, 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.
Number 1 the hat has a clover on it, not a shamrock and 2 it's ST PATRICK'S DAY OR PADDY'S DAY! Who is Patty? 😣 #shamrockgate#Trumphttps://t.co/fuAWGmyguB— Conchur Moore (@conchubar1) March 7, 2017
Major diplomatic incident https://t.co/FtFz23UbH2#Shamrockgate#paddynotpatty— Caroline Greer (@CarolineGreer) March 7, 2017
'Paddy not Patty' - a handy guide to St. Patrick's Day by @twisteddoodles#StPatricksDay#PaddysDaypic.twitter.com/DWzCWSqy7l— Gutter Bookshop (@gutterbookshop) March 7, 2017
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.
They’re going to go fast—get ready for #StPatricksDay by grabbing a green #AlternativeFacts t-shirt from https://t.co/NZ4WWISOcV and #MAGApic.twitter.com/BLqQksd8io— Hairy Baby (@HairyBabyTees) March 7, 2017
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.