No political convention would be complete without the complete collection of campaign chotchkies. And some of the messages printed on the buttons and bumper stickers are meant to be offensively funny. But this year’s Republican National Convention has some crying foul.
Rachel Maddow, from MSNBC, even felt compelled to offer a warning to her viewers before airing a segment from the RNC that dealt with the language seen on the buttons.
What is it exactly that compels mainstream media hosts to offer viewers advance warning? Well, we’re talking about anti-Hillary Clinton messages. And there’s a lot to work with.
“I want to show you a little something that we shot earlier today,” Maddow said Wednesday night. “You may find it uncomfortable and so you may not want to look at this stuff.”
Heaven forfend. Shocking! Some of the critics claim that the subject matter is just too crude, even for the Trump camp–not that his people are directly responsible for the buttons.
And this isn’t the first time that a woman has run against a man in a tight political race. Yet Maddow seemed genuinely struck by the crass nature of the buttons.
“But from calling Hillary Clinton a bitch, to the KFC special referring to her breasts and thighs and left-wing and all of those other things. That’s part of the merchandise of the RNC,” she said.
“We’ve also seen pre-printed signs saying ‘Hillary Clinton for prison.’ We’ve seen calls from the stage that she ought to be in stripes, that she ought to be locked up. That’s been a chant throughout the convention proceedings thus far. We expect to see more of this tonight.”
It is worth noting, I think, that some of the buttons are simply picking the low-hanging-fruit. Others seem to have a bit more subtlety at play.
And Hillary isn’t the only target. This one may be the post subtle of all.
Some of them would look great on a t-shirt. I’d wear this one, even if I was a Clinton supporter.
The most common theme, though, has been one that has resonated through the convention floor a time or two already.