It is entirely possible that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is deliberately taking a page from Bonnie Raitt, to “give them something to talk about,” but from reaction to the campaign’s new Trump-Pence logo, it’s probably unlikely.
After news broke yesterday that the relatively unknown Gov. Mike Pence had been tapped as the billionaire mogul’s running mate, the Internet was flush with blog posts, Facebook posts and tweets examining Pence’s record on a host of issues (he’s notoriously anti-LGBT).
And then, the Trump campaign released its official logo, with an unfortunately-placed “T” and “P,” and all hell broke loose.
Breaking the mattress of America. pic.twitter.com/M4Cq62YS2c
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 15, 2016
Some Twitter users followed Samantha Bee’s cue, suggesting that the logo was in some way reminiscent of a sexual act:
How are we supposed to explain the new Trump logo to our children??
— Will Rahn (@willrahn) July 15, 2016
Trump Pence Logo design meeting pic.twitter.com/i8llOsRydL
— Ernesto Luckman (@ErnieLies) July 15, 2016
Trump: Penetrating the election one logo at a time. pic.twitter.com/dsjgaYMCtf
— Lauren Cox (@Iaurencox) July 15, 2016
— Memeographs (@memeographs) July 15, 2016
Others pointed out the “hypocrisy” given the GOP’s relatively puritan stance on sexual relations.
I thought T in P was verboten in the Republican Party.https://t.co/jAhUHdhjR1
— Loren DeJ. Schulman (@LorenRaeDeJ) July 15, 2016
the Trump-Pence logo looks like a forbidden sex act that Pence would definitely not be OK with pic.twitter.com/sZxVv3E32h
— Matt Negrin (@MattNegrin) July 15, 2016
Others briefly wondered if there could be another, more insidious logic behind the logo.
So, uh, there's more than a passing resemblance to the Trump/Pence logo here. pic.twitter.com/2IdkCZUpmZ
— dan sinker (@dansinker) July 15, 2016
The new Trump-Pence logo is the worst thing I've seen today. It looks like a Third Reich emblem.
— Alexandra Morbitzer (@HiAls) July 15, 2016
— waltb31 (@waltb31) July 15, 2016
But then they went back to their theories about sex.
Trump is still trying to remind us that he has a decent sized penis, contrary to Rubio's claims. Thus, this logo. pic.twitter.com/bTZX6G4p9f
— AndyBean (@AndyBean) July 15, 2016
— Mudlizard (@Mudlizard) July 15, 2016
Some wondered aloud whether the campaign had made the right choice, given reports that Trump had tried to drop Pence as his VP at the last minute.
So they would accidentally make a Trump/Christie logo look just like a hammer and sickle, right?
— I Alone Tweet You (@brittonlowe) July 15, 2016
Given the Trump/Pence logo, I'm thinkin' there were no logos ready at all. https://t.co/0rXBqPQQXr
— Just Karl (@justkarl) July 15, 2016
Meanwhile, Chris Christie is in a McDonald's in New Jersey doodling a "Trump Christie" logo on a napkin that's even sexier than #TrumpPence.
— John Michael (@John_Mike_) July 15, 2016
Some took it upon themselves to be bipartisan when it comes to sex jokes.
I really hope Hillary Clinton picks Sherrod Brown for VP so we can get this logo to rival Trump's. pic.twitter.com/fIDksMp0XH
— Annie Colbert (@anniecolbert) July 15, 2016
And still others pointed out that the logo is a bit homoerotic — ironic considering the flak that both Trump and Pence have received from some LGBT groups.
As someone else pointed out, that logo is distrubingly homoerotic. https://t.co/X8fuIzGVOi
— J. Anne Fullerton (@JAnneFullerton) July 15, 2016
subliminally Homo-erotic. That T is penetrating the P. It makes perfect sense for a couple of hateful homophobes. https://t.co/YtLGw2oiNR
— George de Armas (@mrfabulous_NYC) July 15, 2016
Christian reality TV star Susie Meister had the best rejoinder, referencing Pence’s support for Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That act, signed into law by Pence, allows people to refuse goods and services to LGBT people or same-sex couples if their religious beliefs oppose homosexuality.
Let's hope the new Trump Pence logo doesn't expect an evangelical baker to make it a cake
— Susie Meister (@susie_meister) July 15, 2016
Touché, Ms. Meister. Touché.
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