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Trump's inauguration merchandise includes chocolate bars, hot sauce and a dog poo bag

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 18 January 2017, 22:49 IST

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on 20 January at the United States Capitol. With festivities spread across 19, 20 and 21 January, there's a lot of time for Trump inspired merchandise to fly off the shelves, and, being the consummate businessman (based on who you ask) that he is, Trump is leaving no stone unturned. Trump's transition team, on 3 January, announced their own collection of merchandise tied to the inauguration.

The merchandise includes Trump-themed glasses, mugs, cups, hats and much more. There is even a "President No. 45 Trump U.S.A." pin! The merch being flogged on Trump's own website goes for anywhere between $12-$60. The official shop is funded by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee. Sweatshirts with the inaugural seal are selling for a pricey $55. There are also Russian Matryoshka dolls of President-Elect Donald Trump and a Red Cap Collectible Ornament with the words "Make America Great Again" for just $99.

But it isn't just Trump's camp trying to cash in. Everyone seems to have jumped on the inauguration gravy train, from street vendors and small boutique shops to high-end boutiques and online shops. Whether you're on Trump's side or not, you can buy merchandise featuring the man with 'tiny hands' to suit your mood. An email sent out from the transition team on 3 January, announcing the newest and latest merchandise says, "With Inauguration Day just weeks away, we're launching an Inaugural Collection of special-edition merchandise to commemorate this historic day in American history."

It is a known fact that Presidents sell special memorabilia for the inauguration, according to a recent survey, inauguration is big business for Washington D.C., generating over a billion dollars for the local economy. But what is unusual, even if not surprising, are the number of gag items being sold.

Sales are down from when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008 and then again in 2012, but vendors expect an upturn in the last few days before Trump's inauguration.

If you're ready to "Make America Great Again", then be prepared to buy more than just a red hat showing your support. There are beer koozies, shirts, hats, sweatshirts, pint glasses, cups, hats and T-shirts. There are even Trump-themed gadgets and trinkets. Here are some of the Presidential-themed items you will find for sale at every nook and corner during Trump's inauguration.

1. Donald Trump gummy bears

2. Donald Trump chocolate bars

3. Donald Trump hot sauce is a favourite

And here's a review of it, just in case you were 'thinking' about buying the damn thing:

4. Donald Trump bobble head dolls

5. A Donald Trump version paper doll.

6. Meet the toilet paper that costs just $12 a roll.

7. In case you decide to turn the inauguration into a drinking game...

8. Donald Talking Pen featuring 8 different sayings

9. Life size cardboard of Mr. Trump

Bonus: Trump dog poo bag!

Some people, those who dislike Donald Trump, are trying to use the power of the internet to crash Trump's inauguration merchandise. They are planing a devious plan.

They want Obama to resign just before the inauguration, so that Joe Biden (current vice-president) can takeover and become the 45th President of the United States. Therefore bumping Donald Trump to the 46th President of the United States. The original tweet, made by Andy Levy, was tweeted on 21 October, before the elections.

It was done so that Obama's best-friend-forever Biden could have the chance to be President for a day. After the election, the tweet became viral and now, with a chance to crash all the merchandise, its backers are going all out to make it happen.

What say, Obama. Are you game?

First published: 18 January 2017, 22:49 IST
 
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Sahil is a correspondent at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.

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