Like him or loath him, Donald Trump is big news right now. With his extremist right wing views and terrifyingly persuasive rhetoric, the man has carved a path through the American presidential circus with a fire and fury that have even made us Brits sit up and take notice. After all, this is a man who could end up being the most powerful human being on the planet, and that alone is a frightening prospect indeed. Hence why so many have attempted to deflect their terror with humour. Whilst the fart jokes are both abundant and obvious of course (his name is literally a fart), one site has taken matters a step further by utilising a source of physical comedy as old as time itself. Poo.
“Trump is a leader who not only understands the value of pieces of shit, but who also has the force to push these same values forward in Washington”
Pieces of Shit for Trump is less a website and more of an anti-campaign, which revolved around turning literal pieces of crap into supposed Donald Trump supporters. The site runners roped in barretSF to help them take a grassroots approach to helping these Trump 'fans' spread the love for the Republican presidential candidate during the primaries. @Shitfortrump, is an Instagram-based marketing campaign that plants campaign flags in piles of shit around various US cities and encourages voters to get their hands dirty as well.
On the Shit for Trump website, fans can download tiny Trump campaign posters, affix a common household toothpick, and transform any piece of crap into a billboard that supports the controversial candidate, who intends to “Make America great again” by building a Canadian border and banning Muslims. Can't you just taste the sarcasm?
Shit for Trump
The site rather glibly declares: “From his political views to his personal beliefs, Donald Trump is a leader who not only understands the value of pieces of shit everywhere but who also has the force to push these same values forward in Washington. A candidate who is truly for us because HE IS US.”
Phil Fattore, a Copywriter at barrettSF, adds: “We were concerned that Trump's bedrock support base (piles of excrement) wasn't getting the voice it deserved in this race. We've heard from bigots, delusional gun advocates, and xenophobes, but what about the umbrella group under which they all fall? Not a word, until today.”
“We were concerned that Trump's bedrock support base (piles of excrement) wasn't getting the voice it deserved in this race”
The agency hopes the effort becomes a nationwide movement, and it certainly stands a good chance, with many homegrown 'creations' already uploaded to the site. The account went live earlier this week, just in time for the New Hampshire primary, and whilst UK residents are not exactly encouraged to get involved, there's nothing stopping you from planting your own flag. Just be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands afterwards.
Benjamin Hiorns is a freelance writer and struggling musician from Kidderminster in the UK. He really enjoyed writing this article, because he might have just turned 30, but he's still a man-child underneath.