The Debate of Plastic Straws

BY VIVIAN KRINGLE

Brad Parscale tweeting about Trump’s straw campaign

The pollution of our oceans have been an issue for many years. Over 8 million tons of plastics are getting dumped into the ocean each year. Many people, contributing to the issue, turn to single-use plastics as a prime issue of the pollution of our waters. Single-use plastic is particularly bad because they are normally only  used once before being turned to landfill which stay in the oceans for years, until collected, unable to biodegrade.

One of the main single-used plastic talked about are plastic straws. Many people have been looking for alternate solutions to plastic straws using reusable metal straws, bamboo straws, paper straws, and even pasta straws in order to cut down plastic.

On January 1st, California even prohibited sit down restaurants to serve drinks with plastic straws with them unless upon request. Certain sit down restaurants began serving drinks with paper straws. As paper straws gained more recognition, Donald Trump and his campaign team stressed their distaste for the use of paper straws. 

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Pascale, stated “I’m so over paper straws, and I’m sure you are too. Much like most liberal ideas, paper straws don’t work and they fall apart instantly.” 

As a part of Trump’s reelection campaign for 2020 he began selling 10 plastic straws for 15 dollars and stating on his website it was because “liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP.”

Through the use of Team Trump’s twitter tweeting “ Make Straws Great Again” their claim of their “reusable and recyclable” plastic, and the all capitalised “TRUMP” logo laser engraved onto the side of the bright red straws, of which managed to sell out, according to Elizebeth Harringtons twitter, and raised over 460,000 dollars as of last month. 

Trump and his campaign manager, Brad Pascale, continued jabbing at paper straws and liberals saying “This is exactly what they would do to the economy as well. Squeeze it until it doesn’t work.” 

This campaign arises fear in some and excitement in others. Some have lept at the chance to purchase these straws and others are angered by the stabs at liberals and wince at the mass production of plastics. Although through all of it Trump arises the question of whether or not it is important to focus on these single-used plastics stating “…So the straws are interesting. Everybody focuses on the straws. There’s a lot of other things to focus.” as he continues to create his whole campaign around them.     

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