From this article over on Politico, we see a first look at the new logo for the Trump campaign now that he’s chosen a second fiddle, Mike Pence. The comments on the article immediately identified the school-yard-level weakness in their name combination: TP can stand for toilet paper, or just be an exclamation by itself, as popularized by Beavis from Beavis and Butt-head. TP, in case you’ve forgotten, is the stuff that ends up smeared in feces and flushed down a toilet after being dragged across your asshole. Whoever was directing this design (Trump, we must assume, had approval) chose to actually play up those initials by incorporating them into the flag design at the top.
Second, the wretch tasked with designing this thought they’d get clever with those letters. Sort of intertwine them. Like a college sports logo or something. You know, Notre Dame style. They took the dangly protruding bit of the T and shoved it into that P-hole. On a surface level, it fits great, and best of all, feels great. This would have been entirely serviceable if it stood for Trans Pacific or some other such benign word combination representing, say, a shipping company. But no, each of those letters represents a man. Those with finer political analytical skill could expound here on this delightful visualization of how Pence’s career is about to get Trumped.
Beyond the penetrative problems above, the interlocking TP and bars actually do one thing right: they bring to mind a link in a chain (see the P), a wall, and/or prison bars. In this sense, they represent the one thing that Trump does stand for: whipping up fear and division as a means to his personal gain.
Will we ever learn who is the mystery designer of this already legendary logo? I’m off to search right now…
Look at the drawings and animation of Henry McClellan over on his Tumblr.
Look at Valerie Kao’s drawings and animation on her Tumblr.