QUARTZ — A common Donald Trump refrain during the US presidential election is, “China has rebuilt itself with the money it’s sucked out of the United States.” Thanks to Trump, some Chinese manufacturers are making even more money from US citizens this election.
One Chinese factory is mass-producing Trump masks, betting the Republican candidate will eventually win the presidency in December. Chinese manufacturers are making souvenirs of the US presidential candidates, from T-shirts to badges to hats, and selling them on Alibaba’s overseas shopping sites, state newspaper China Daily reportedon Tuesday (May 31). These goods include toilet paper with candidates’ faces on them—and Trump’s face far outsells Clinton’s.
These rolls sell wholesale for around $0.5 per roll, and appear to be purchased mostly by buyers from the US—who may be doing a savvy bit of sucking money out of their fellow citizens’ pockets, as well. Similar toilet paper rolls retail on eBayat around $10 a roll, though some eBay sellers claim theirs are made in the US. Apparently, many US citizens enjoy wiping themselves with Trump’s face. Prominent among them is US women’s national soccer team star Sydney Leroux. In May, Leroux posted her husband’s latest toilet paper purchase on Instagram.