A Mexican businessman is reportedly planning to launch “Trump” toilet paper after being offended by U.S. President Donald Trump’s insulting remarks about immigrants, particularly his countrymen.
Antonio Battaglia, a corporate lawyer from Mexico, recently revealed his very own response to Donald Trump’s insults to his countrymen — a toilet paper. Associated Press reports that the Mexican businessman is all set to introduce his “Trump” toilet paper in Mexico later this year.
The satirical product, which already has a prototype packaging, is marketed under the slogans: “Softness without borders” and “This is the wall that, yes, we will pay for.” It also featured a caricature of Donald Trump’s face on a toilet paper roll, complete with his gold locks and signature thumbs up gesture.
It has been revealed that Antonio Battaglia already signed a contract to manufacture a small initial run worth $21, 400. The said amount is reportedly enough to fill two cargo trucks with Trump-themed toilet paper.
Apparently, the packages are expected to begin its mass production lines later this year. Reports also revealed that 30 percent of its profits will be allocated to programs intended to support migrants entering the U.S.
In an interview, Antonio Battaglia admitted that he was “really bothered” by the president’s remarks, claiming that migrants who enter the U.S. illegally are usually criminals, drug runners, and rapists.
“My thinking was: We can’t keep quiet? So with this insult that was made, (I figured) I’m going to add my grain of sand in response.”
With the Mexican businessman’s newest venture, many were quick to question its legality considering that it boasts the president’s famous last name, Trump. However, it was revealed that Mexico’s Institute of Industrial Property has granted Donald Trump’s company trademarks in various sectors including construction, hotels, tourism, real estate, and financial services — all except for “hygienic paper.” Thus, Antonio Battaglia’s “Trump” toilet paper trademark was approved in October 2015.
So far, Donald Trump’s team has not released any comments regarding the “Trump” toilet paper. However, with the president’s alleged reputation of being aggressive in protecting his brand led many to believe that he might react to it eventually.
This is not the first time that Donald Trump became the subject of satirical products, particularly toilet papers. During the election campaign period, Chinese company Qingdao Wellpaper Industrial Co. sold “Dump with Trump” toilet paper.
The toilet paper comes with three Trump’s facial expressions to choose from — smiling, pointing, and pouting. According to the company, the “Dump with Trump” toilet paper has taken orders up to 5,000 rolls at a time.
To recall, Donald Trump made some controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants to the U.S. During his campaign launch in June, the then aspiring president stated in his speech that Mexico is bringing problems in the country by sending its people.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best….They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
He also claimed that illegal immigration was “absolutely out of control,” adding that “these are people that shouldn’t be in our country.”
Part of Donald Trump’s plan to address the said issue is the issuance of the executive order, declaring the administration’s policy to “secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall.”
In Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, it was revealed that he is pushing funds to his campaign pledges, including the border wall. According to reports, the president requested $1.7 billion funds this year and an additional $2.6 billion next year to facilitate the construction of the wall. It was also revealed that he plans to use the fund to hire border security and immigration judges.
So far, reports revealed that the border wall construction doesn’t seem to have begun, four months after Donald Trump issued the order.
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