Scotsmen irate over Irn-Bru ban
President Donald Trump has done plenty to upset the international community from a policy perspective. But it turns out that when it comes to the golfer-in-chief’s reputation in Scotland, the issue lies less with pulling out of the Iran deal and more with banning Irn-Bru.
Much like its namesake’s travel ban sought to keep out refugees, Trump Turnberry doesn’t want any Irn Bru around, as the five-star resort refuses to stock the Scottish soft drink on its premises. Purchased by Trump back in 2014, the Ayrshire, Scotland club fears that the fizzy orange beverage could leave the place looking less than absolutely tremendous after recent multi-million pound renovations. “We can’t have it staining when to replace the ballroom carpet would be £500,000 alone,” club general manager Ralph Porciani telling the Ayrshire Post, “We have villas here with Irn-Bru stains in the carpets which I can't let.”
While it’s something of a mystery to most of the world, Irn-Bru is an integral part part of life in Scotland. The country’s “other national drink” (which is often touted as a hangover cure if you’ve had too much of Scotland’s primary national beverage) is so popular that it routinely outsells Coa-Cola.
Word of the Irn-Bru ban first got out after a guest request to have it on hand for a Trump Turnberry event was refused. Since then, Scotsmen have had their kilts in a tussle. They’ve taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure, and an editorial in national newspaper The Scotsman penned an editorial on the subject.
Even Irn-Bru itself had to weigh in, with a winking allusion to the storm of legal issues surrounding the president and his entourage.
It’s more than likely that Trump himself wasn’t involved in the Irn-Bru decision, but he certainly isn’t about to switch from his twelve Diet Coke a day habit to Scotland’s (fittingly) orange drink of choice anytime soon. As it is, he’s too busy titling at Scottish windmills anyway. Still, just goes to show that even soda seems to set the international community off when it comes to President Deals.