Donald Trump Piñatas Become Popular Item In San Francisco’s Mission District
August 27, 2015 8:10 PM Don Ford – cbs
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – There’s a hot new item on San Francisco’s Mission Street. A likeness of Donald Trump, the kind you beat with a stick.
While piñatas are normally popular at children’s parties, the piñata of the 2016 presidential candidate has become popular with adults.
“The Latino community is a little bit upset, some are angry,” Mia Fregreso of San Francisco told KPIX 5. “So I guess they decided to make a piñata out of him, so people can beat the crap out of him basically.”
The store owner refused to go on camera, saying it’s all just good fun and political satire. And at nearly twice the cost of say, a Minnie Mouse piñata or a piñata of Woody from “Toy Story,” the price doesn’t seem to be an issue.
“Twenty Bucks! Yes! I guess people will pay twenty bucks to beat on Mr. Fake Donald Trump,” Fregeso said.
Lauren Weissman is getting one as a present. She is more than just a little excited. “I literally jumped off the bus and ran in here to buy this,” Weissman said.
Weissman said not everyone wants to bust open the piñata. In case some in her family are offended, she has a backup plan. “I can always keep it in the house and use it as a Voodoo Doll. Or use it to kick and punch whenever we get frustrated,” Weissman said.
New Piñata Trumps Usual Party Props For Mexican Entrepreneur
AUGUST 14, 2015 3:34 PM ET John Burnett – npr
Donald Trump never met Dalton Javier Ramirez. But the 69-year-old real estate mogul would have a grudging respect for the ambitious 28-year-old piñata entrepreneur.
Ramirez claims to be the first piñata maker in Mexico or the United States to create the Trump piñata. He’s based in the town of Reynosa, across the Rio Grande from Hidalgo, Texas. In the past two months, news stories about him have appeared around the world. And the Facebook page of Piñateria Ramirez has 11,000 likes and counting.
Ever since Trump spoke out against Mexico exporting its criminals to the United States, Latinos have expressed loathing of the GOP’s leading candidate. Despite his attempts to mollify our southern neighbor, it’s not working. Dalton Ramirez can’t make Trump piñatas fast enough.
Europeans are obsessed with Donald Trump
The loud-mouthed billionaire businessman embodies what Europeans love to hate about the U.S.
8/28/15 By NICHOLAS VINOCUR – politico
PARIS — The media here has got a Continental strain of Trump fever.
Since the real estate mogul made a shocking surge to the top of the Republican presidential polls in the U.S., Europe has fixated on the unapologetic showman, churning out a steady stream of news coverage and commentary.
The Continent has its share of outrageous personalities on the political right of center: Britain’s Nigel Farage, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, France’s family Le Pen. But Trump fits many perceived European stereotypes of America: excess, vulgarity, ignorance, superficiality, love of wealth, to name a few.
“Trump represents the America that we love to hate,” said Marie-Cécile Naves, a sociologist and author of “Le nouveau visage des droites américaines” (“The New Face of the American Right”). “He is our negative mirror image, a man we see as brutal, who worships money and lacks culture — someone who lets us feel a bit superior about being European.”
In Europe’s capitals, feelings of superiority sometimes translate as concern for an ignorant American public that Trump, described by Britain’s Observer newspaper as a “malign buffoon,” is supposedly exploiting. “His constituency is ignorance,” the Observer wrote on Aug. 9 in an unsigned editorial. “In this, he is heir to a long, inglorious American tradition.”
In France, editorialist Alexandre Vatimbella called him a [“un clown provocateur” or] “provocative clown” whose brand of populism was dangerous for democracy, while Germany’s newspapers have reached a consensus around the label “Großmaul,” or loudmouth.
A YouGov poll this week showed that two-thirds of Germans had a negative view of him. And the commentary written about Trump in Europe’s newspapers, from Paris to London to Berlin, is almost uniformly disparaging.