Keeping America Great (In China)

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Hard at work making America great. Note flags on floor. Photos by Aly Son/Reuters.

Okay, let's get this straight. The loudmouth Grifter-In-Chief who yaps endlessly about supporting U.S. businesses and workers except that he makes all his trashy products in other countries is super busy these days making “Trump 2020: Keep America Great!” flags and banners a month for his supposed over-all-our-dead-bodies re-election at the Jiahao Flag Co. factory in China's Fuyang City, Anhui Province. Which is not, we'll just point out, in America.

According to a Reuters report replete with surreal photos, women at sewing machines presumably earning sweatshop-level wages with no dental make, fold and pack beach-towel-size thousands of Trump banners a month, at a buck a piece, with total production since March about 90,000. The women also make the Stars and Stripes; in the photos, flags appear in haphazard piles on the floor, which runs counter to the rules of the Congressional Flag Code but at this point what the hell.

The kicker - though really there are so many - is that production has ramped up during what is usually a  slow season in hopes of keeping costs low before Trump's own threatened, ill-considered tariffs against Chinese goods kick in, which economists agree would likely decimate both the Chinese and U.S. economy, and, yes, raise the price of Trump's crappy swag. As part of his daftly belligerent trade wars, Trump has imposed tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods and warned of $200 billion more.

Alas, he has so little idea what he's doing that E.U. officials visiting this week resorted to using colored flip cards to explain trade to him and fend off further disasters. So far, his tariffs have mostly been disastrous to U.S. farmers; when he realized that, he offered them a $12 billion bailout and charged that a "vicious" China is "targeting  our farmers, who they know I love & respect." But wait. How could the Chinese have time to mess with our farmers when they're so busy making banners? We're confused. Also tired of winning.

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