‘Cards Against Humanity’ is saving America from Trump


‘Cards Against Humanity’ is saving America from Trump

By Ariana Portalatin

“It’s 2017, and the government is being run by a toilet. We have no choice: Cards Against Humanity is going to save America.”

This quote can be seen on the card game company’s website introducing its newest scheme. If you’re a republican who voted for Trump, chances are you’re not too happy with Cards Against Humanity’s decision to buy land on the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to stop President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall, especially if you’re also a fan of the sarcastic and often risqué-humored company.

As part of the Chicago-based company’s holiday promotion, announced Nov. 14, CAH offered the public the opportunity to pay the company $15 in exchange for six surprise gifts throughout December. According to its website, the first gift set includes an illustrated map of the purchased land and a certificate of the company’s promise to fight the wall, among other items.

According to a Nov. 15 Chicago Tribune article, 150,000 donors signed up within nine hours to be a part of the now sold-out campaign, raising $2.25 million to fight Trump’s wall.

“Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans,” the company wrote on its website. “He is so afraid that he wants to build a twenty-billion dollar wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing. So we’ve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.”

While this idea is great and is well-intentioned, it’s questionable how well it will work. Still, it’s doubtful the president will be able to make this wall more than just a figment of his imagination, especially considering that he has already built up a record of unkept promises.

According to an April 29 ThinkProgress article, Trump broke 80 of his 663 promises within the first 100 days of his presidency. One of those was that Mexico would pay for the wall, but the country maintains it will never pay for it. Trump later said that the U.S. will instead pay and seek reimbursement for the estimated $21.5 billion bill, which Trump also originally said would cost $12 billion, according to a Sept. 19 BBC News article.

We know Trump is not the best at living up to expectations, but will CAH be able to keep its end of the deal? Fortunately, its philanthropic history proves this is possible.

The company’s 2015 science-themed project raised more than $800,000 in scholarship money for women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, $150,000 of which went to University of Pennsylvania student Sona Dadhania.

That same year, the company’s holiday promotion—which was supposed to be its last—included sending people socks with a yearlong membership to WBEZ, which it said was “One tiny step toward keeping Americans from getting even dumber in a time when public funding for education, arts, and culture is at a historic low.” It also gave employees in its China printing factory a week of paid vacation.

When Congress voted in March to allow internet service providers to share users’ online data, CAH creator Max Temkin said he intended to purchase and publish the browser history of all congressmen if the measure passed. In response to questions about continuing their holiday promotions, the company said, “We’re liars, just like the president.”

It doesn’t seem that CAH is against humanity at all, only Trump.