Donald Trump’s Irish hats disappear after backlash over shamrock gaffe
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Donald Trump’s Irish hats disappear after backlash over shamrock gaffe

A ST. PATRICK’S Day themed ‘Make America Great Again’ hat sold on Donald Trump’s website has disappeared from sale after an embarrassing design mistake went viral.

The ‘Irish’ baseball caps featured a four-leaf clover instead of a shamrock, the former having nothing to do with Ireland.

The blooper prompted a raft of criticism and jokes online about “fake news” and “alternative facts”.

The hats were previously available to buy online after Team Trump announced the limited edition release on Twitter.

Announcing the launch last week, Team Trump wrote: “Capture the luck of the Irish with this Make America Great Again Hat.  While supplies last! Order by March 13th to ensure delivery by St. Patrick’s Day.”


The limited edition caps had been on sale for $50. Picture: Twitter/Team Trump

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the hat had been withdrawn from the US President’s website with a Trump spokesperson refusing to comment on the matter.

As the American newspaper put it: “A four-leaf clover is not a symbol of Ireland. It is just a plant.”

Customers are now redirected to a ‘404 error’ page instead of the hat’s sale.


In the wake of the gaffe, T-shirt retailer Hairy Baby have announced a new shirt emblazoned with the correct Irish symbol and the words “this is a shamrock”, along with the hashtag #AlternativeFact.

Trump was previously criticised for hypocrisy after it emerged that a number of ‘Make America Great Again’ hats were made in Asia despite the president’s “buy American and hire American” campaign message.

Team Trump claimed on their website that the St Patrick’s Day caps were “proudly made in USA”.

It remains to be seen whether the caps will return to sale with a corrected design, or even if Donald Trump will greet Enda Kenny wearing one of his Irish caps when the Taoiseach visits the White House next week for St Patrick’s Day.