The 2016 Republican National Convention, so far, has been ridiculously underwhelming — to say the least. Truth be told, it looks more like a live season of political “Celebrity Apprentice,” with appearances from presidential nominee Donald Trump’s immediate family and staff members, than the biggest GOP gathering of the presidential election, as it is supposed to be.
So far, over-enthusiastic speakers yelling at top of their lungs and Melania Trump plagiarizing a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama have been the only highlights of the RNC. But none of it is as worrisome as the sexist overtones of the entire convention.
Vendors outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, are selling an assortment of pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton merchandise to hundreds of delegates, reporters and onlookers. Much of the available gear, which includes everything from T-shirts to pin badges, feature a Trump-Pence logo (the modified version) or the business mogul’s campaign rhetoric.
However, a good amount of the merchandise also targets Clinton, Trump’s biggest rival, with incredibly offensive and misogynistic messages.
To put things into perspective, the immensely popular “Hillary for Prison” T-shirts are probably the tamest of all other stuff with her name on it at the RNC.
T-shirt game at RNC: still room for improvement pic.twitter.com/Mov1VmISGm— Martin Gelin (@M_Gelin) July 17, 2016
Then, there is this weirdly disproportionate homemade mannequin of the presumptive Democratic nominee wearing an orange jumpsuit.
There's a Hillary mannequin in prison uniform at the hotel where the Pennsylvania delegation is staying at the RNC pic.twitter.com/YF6jbEvnKo— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) July 18, 2016
As tasteless as it may seem, this is nothing compared to the pins being sold at the convention.
Considering Trump, the man these people hope would become the next president, has called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” this campaign gear should not come as a surprise.
But sadly, it does.
The Hillary Clinton–KFC buttons, however, take the cake.
Find the RNC button that's right for you: pic.twitter.com/c52dUVVpbq— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 18, 2016
Donald Trump has spent most of the election cycle targeting the former secretary of state with sexism propaganda. He has called her “weak” and “tired,” said that she got “schlonged” by President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign, and claimed, “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote.”
It seems his followers share the same sexist sentiments.
National polls have suggested that 2016 election could boast a historic gender gap, as women favor Clinton 51 to 38 percent while men support Trump 49 to 40 percent.