Making Amazon reviews great again
You’re still bummed about the 2016 election but the holidays are in full swing. Adding salt to the proverbial wound, President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign has released a decorative Christmas tree ornament that could set back holiday gatherings a generation.
But for thousands of jaded online shoppers, Trump may have unintentionally given them just the outlet they needed to let off some bitter, post-election steam.
That’s because the Amazon reviews for the $149 “Make America Great Again” decoration (finished in 14 karat gold, of course) have literally been swamped with thousands of negative reviews, most of which are thinly veiled shots at Trump and his campaign agenda.
On Thursday, there were more than 3,000 reviews, nearly all one-star, making it seem like the ornament was one of the most despised items for sale listed with Amazon. However, someone must like the item, as it quickly sold out. And how many people were actually willing to fork over big bucks for an ironic joke?
According to an email from the Trump campaign, the ornament, “Commemorates Trump’s commitment to the Christmas spirit and will be a great addition to your family’s tree this year.” The email also says funds from the sales will go to a joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee. Most likely that means paying off debts from the 2016 campaign or filling stockings for the 2018 midterm elections.
Since news of the fake reviews went viral, Amazon has apparently intervened scrubbed most of the fake reviews. But pranksters haven’t been deterred, with hundreds still showing up to offer insights such as:
Even the supposed five-star reviews are filled with thinly veiled venom. Although, Trump supporters are beginning to fight back insisting that the ornament is in fact the best ever and that all of the snarky commenters just need to get over themselves:
Trump has long said Christmas is his favorite holiday and he’s joined in the chorus of other conservatives who believe there is a “war” on the holiday from secular activists and liberals. But with his gaudy, overpriced ornament serving as gift material for thousands of snarky jokes, it seems the incoming president really does have people saying it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas.