But the latest association between the U.S. President and toilets comes from a charity effort that hopes to provide a small village in northern India with access to improved sanitation facilities.
According to The Associated Press, a toilet charity called Sulabh International has unofficially renamed India’s Marora village after President Trump for a very important reason.
In an effort to draw support for better bathroom sanitation, while simultaneously honoring U.S. relations, what’s now known as Trump Sulabh Village has scattered massive posters of the U.S. president’s face around. Yes — for those of you who haven’t gotten your Trump fix from Trump’s America, there’s now a whole other village dedicated to the guy. Exciting, right?!
While Trump’s orange-tinted face and wispy golden locks are pretty much unavoidable to the eyes of Americans daily, many of the 400 Marora villagers claim to have no idea who Trump even is. “I don’t understand why they couldn’t name it after our own prime minister,” construction worker Sajid Hussain told The Associated Press. Despite the confusion, many villagers are excited by the potential benefits of the promotional effort.
According to reports, the re-naming was put into effect to call attention to the village’s sanitation issues and inspire donations. As a result, each of the “60 or so mud-built houses” will receive free toilets — a huge deal, since India has some serious issues with sanitary streets and facilities.
As PRI reported in 2016, access to toilets in impoverished areas in India remains a big problem. “Some 70 percent of households in India don’t have access to toilets, whether in rural areas or urban slums. Roughly 60 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion people still defecate in the open,” the publication stated.
While there’s undoubtedly a heavy dose of irony that this charity effort is centered around a man who has at one point in his life likely sat on a solid gold toilet, the toilet charity’s founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, explained to The Associated Press, “Trump is the president of the leading nation in the world, so that’s why I chose him.”
This isn’t the first time a Trump-inspired bathroom gimmick has been used to raise money for charitable purposes. Antonio Battaglia, a corporate lawyer from Mexico, recently created a Trump brand of toilet paper and plans to donate 30 percent of the profits to programs supporting migrants. Some good sh*t right there, for sure.
Though none of the funding for India’s new toilets is coming from Trump or America, and the unofficial village name will not make it onto any maps, this is still another valiant effort at using Trump and toilets for positive change.
This interesting gesture comes ahead of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington, D.C., later this month, so if all else fails, at least they have this brilliant small talk topic.