US Ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwarz presents the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed with a hat that reads “Make Somalia Great Again” (Twitter)

Donald Trump’s campaign hat, which reads “Make America Great Again” has become the icon of a movement. So much so, that the US Ambassador to Somalia just gave the President of Somalia a version of the hat that reads “Make Somalia Great Again.” Seriously.

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Now, at this point you might be asking, “But Matt, isn’t Somalia on the list for Donald Trump’s travel ban?” And you would be absolutely, 100 percent correct.

The seven countries that Trump’s executive order has tried to ban travel from (despite being repeatedly struck down in courts so far) are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. There’s something completely bizarre about the United States trying to ban travel from a particular nation and then handing them a cheeky hat with a pseudo-populist slogan identified by half of Americans as racist bullshit.

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It almost feels like a hazing ritual that Trump made US ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz, do to prove that he could still be ambassador to the country. The Muslim travel ban has seen families treated like criminals, saved only at the last minute by courts ruling against Trump’s unconstitutional ban.

Some Somali refugees are now even fleeing the United States on foot for Canada. One Somali refugee who recently walked 21 hours in the harsh winter elements to get to Canada simply explained that “America is [a] problem now” when he arrived.

Last week, the Somali president, more commonly known as “Farmajo” in Somalia, said that he objected to the ban.

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“It is part of my responsibility to talk about this issue with the U.S. government by conveying our message to the president and his government that the Somali people are really good, hard working people,” Farmajo said during a speech. “They raise their families in the United States. So we will see if he can change that policy and exclude Somalis from that list.”

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

But in true American fashion, “Make X Great Again” is getting co-opted and remixed to mean any number of things.

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“Make Somalia Great Again,” hasn’t been trademarked yet, but there is a legitimate land grab for intellectual property rights involving Trump-related merchandise right now. An insurance company even filed for a trademark to Trumpcare™ recently.

Other recent applications for trademarks?

  • Make Sex Great Again
  • Make Aggie Football Great Again
  • Make Paper Great Again
  • Make The Jets Great Again
  • Make Mental Health Services Great Again
  • Make Radio Great Again
  • Make America Shoot Great Again
  • Make American Steak Great Again
  • Make Black Great Again
  • Make Christmas Great Again
  • Make Pinball Great Again
  • Make Pivots Great Again
  • Make Church Great Again
  • Make Oregon Great Again
  • Make Your Hair Great Again
  • Make Family Great Again
  • Make Retirement Great Again
  • Make Massage Great Again
  • Make Deer Breeding Great Again
  • Make Bass Fishing In America Great Again
  • Meow American Great Again
  • Make Your Engine Great Again
  • Make Social Media Great Again
  • Make Roofs Great Again
  • Make NASA Great Again
  • Make Carpet Great Again
  • Make the Ocean Great Again
  • Make Tennis Great Again
  • Let’s Make Soda Great Again
  • Make Drilling Great Again
  • Making Cigar’s [sic] Great Again
  • Make California Great Again
  • Make Congress Great Again
  • Make Shipping Great Again
  • Make Russia Great Again
  • Make Sleep Great Again
  • Make Insurance Great Again

These are all completely real. And it’s not even a full list of every “Great Again” trademark that’s been filed recently.

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That stupid hat probably won’t “make Somalia great again,” but it will certainly remind people around the world that Americans can be both racist and tone-deaf at the same time.

[Twitter via RT]