When Chancletas Come Home to Roost: Did You Hear About the Flip Flops That Confirm Trump Is a Flip-Flopper?

Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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If you’re like me, you have absolutely no trouble disbelieving everything that comes out of that repugnant hole Donald J. Trump calls his mouth. But nevertheless, when I’m ignoring the so-called president’s primetime immigration address—airtime denied our former president—on Tuesday night, I’m going to wish I were kicking my feet up in some chancletas that remind me exactly what a hypocrite the Orange Menace is.

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They’re ingeniously called Presidential Flip Flops—or, they were, prior to selling out their 1,000-pair run before we could buy them for all our family and friends (and a few misguided former friends). Seriously, we don’t have any idea how we missed this launch in September 2017—oh yeah, The Glow Up didn’t exist yet. That said, we’re ready to personally crowdfund to bring them back in time for summer.

As reported by Business Insider, the rubber slides were the brainchild of photographer and artist Sam Morrison, who silkscreened each pair with contradictory tweets from our Flip-Flopper-in-Chief. They were a fashionable reminder that, in the words of former New York City mayor-turned-Trump lackey, Rudy Giuliani, “truth isn’t truth” if it is in any way connected to the sitting president.

“Take a scroll through Donald Trump’s 40,000 tweets, and you’re sure to catch some contradicting opinions,” Morrison recently told Business Insider. “I wanted to highlight this hypocrisy.”

And highlight it he did, moonlighting on his full-time advertising job to source, print and package each flip-flop by hand. He may not have had any budget left for marketing, but his concept was inspired—as was his tagline: “Going back on your word, one step at a time.”

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And the idea caught fire. The three styles of Presidential Flip Flops Morrison produced, priced under $30 per pair, sold out within a month (yep, before we even launched this blog), with 10 percent of proceeds donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Unfortunately, Morrison found the demands of being a one-man production team too much to continue and ceased production after his 1,000-pair run.

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So, why are we talking about these now-defunct fashion statements now? Well, besides the fact that the president’s hypocrisy pretty much dominates the news cycle daily, we’re hoping the renewed press will compel Morrison to reconsider his limited run since Trump has plenty of new material for new designs.

The ACLU would no doubt appreciate the extra donations—and we’re pretty sure the market for these flip flops has only grown since 2017.

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.