Donald Trump is trying to delete his slightly erotic logo from the internet
Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign is going to extreme lengths to try and scrub all reference to a logo that was mocked for being sexual.
The Republican Presidential hopeful unveiled the logo on Friday when he confirmed that Indiana Governor Mike Pence would be his Vice Presidential running mate.
Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence stirred up international outrage last year when he signed the controversial ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’, which gives businesses the right to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religion.
Earlier this year Mr Pence still appeared unable to answer when asked whether it should be legal to fire people because of their sexuality.
That’s why they both might have been a bit upset when he sees the ‘Trump/Pence’ logo that The Donald unveiled at the Republican National Convention.
The logo features a letter ‘T’ appearing to penetrate the letter ‘P’, leaving many on the internet wondering what exactly Trump was trying to say.
Graphic designers have described it as “undeniably sexual” and “erotic” – suggesting it would look less out of place on wedding invitations (which Pence opposes) than a Presidential campaign.
The internet went all out:
Of course, Mr Trump – notorious for his thick skin and never taking any joke or insult too seriously – decided to behave like a grown up and ignore the ridicule.
Okay, no, that’s obviously not what happened.
After appearing with Pence at an introductory event on Saturday, online pundits began to notice that the logo the Trump campaign had been using for the past few days was nowhere to be seen.
Instead, it had been replaced with a simple ‘TRUMP PENCE’ logo which is less open to interpretation.
All reference to the original logo has been scrubbed from Trump’s website and even his social media feeds.
But luckily, the internet never forgets, and he can’t take back the press releases already sent out bearing the logo.
Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton laid into Pence in a different way – branding him “Donald Trump with a different haircut”.
Hillary for America said in a statement: “By picking Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has doubled down on some of his most disturbing beliefs by choosing an incredibly divisive and unpopular running mate known for supporting discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families.
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“Pence is the most extreme pick in a generation and was one of the earliest advocates for the Tea Party. He was the first of GOP leadership to join Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus.
“As governor, Pence personally spearheaded an anti-LGBT law that legalized discrimination against the LGBT community, alienated businesses, caused boycotts, lost investments and embarrassed Hoosiers– a law he was later forced to revise.
“Pence also personally led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood while serving in the House and fought to pass Indiana’s 2016 anti-abortion law, with some of the most outrageous restrictions in the country that threatened women’s privacy and limited their choice. And just like Trump, he’s been a long-time opponent of comprehensive immigration reform.
“Pence has been no economic leader or friend to the American worker. In fact, he wants to get rid of the very wages that make the middle class possible. Pence opposes raising the federal minimum wage and signed a law allowing skilled workers in Indiana to be paid less. Under his failed leadership, the incomes of Hoosiers have stalled at 38th in the nation.
“Voters deserve better than more of their divisive policies and ‘me-first’ economic proposals.
“This new Trump-Pence ticket stands in dramatic contrast to Hillary Clinton’s vision of our future – one where we are stronger together, where unity prevails over division and the economy works for all Americans, not just those at the top.”