Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, you can’t deny the fact that President Trump may be one of the most hypocritical President’s in history. And Trump’s use of Twitter has digitally solidified some of his most contradictory statements into the social media zeitgeist.
Enter Sam Morrison, a concerned citizen who took note of the many different positions President Trump has taken over the years. An artist by trade, and the type of person who made his own silk-screen shirts in high school, Sam decided to make flip flop sandals with some of Trump’s most egregiously contradictory tweets on the left and right sandal.
When asked what motivated him to undertake this project, Morrison said “take a scroll through Donald Trump’s 40,000 tweets, and you’re sure to catch some contradicting opinions, I wanted to highlight this hypocrisy.”
On September 5, 2017, Sam started selling his Trump-themed flip-flops on a website called PresidentFlipFlops.com. Morrison sourced the flip-flops himself and hand-made each screen-printed flip flop himself. In all, he made and sold 1,000 pairs in less than a month. He spent $0 on marketing, but received coverage from major news outlets like MSNBC, HuffPost, Fortune and the BBC.
He sold the flip flops for $30 a pair and donated 10% of every purchase to the American Civil Liberties Union. Unfortunately, the flip flops are “permanently sold out” because of the complexities of production. Sam works full time at an advertising agency, and producing the flip flops required making orders of flip flops in 1,000 pair lots, hand-printing each pair with a heat press, packaging each order and shipping them, all of which Sam did himself.
The flip flops featured three sets of contradictory tweets.
The Syria Edition
In 2013, Trump tweeted to urge President Obama to not attack Syria. In 2017, Trump attacked Syria.
The Electoral College Edition
In 2012, Trump tweeted that the Electoral College was a “disaster for a democracy.” In 2016, just days after winning the presidential election, Trump called the Electoral College “genius.”
The Sources Edition
In 2012, Trump tweeted that President Obama’s birth certificate was a fake, based on an “extremely credible source.” In 2016, Trump urged people not to believe anyone who cites unnamed sources.
Sam’s limited flip flop run was inspired. While we understand why the flip flops are sold out, we know there’s no shortage of editions that could be released, as Trump has literally 100s of tweets contradicting himself. Can we get a Go Fund Me started for Sam Morrison?