Trump’s Trouser Trouble Is Twitter’s Favorite Thing About His Speech
If there’s one thing social media can be counted on for, it’s bringing the mockery for Donald Trump. Making fun of a man in his 70’s for apparently having difficulty putting his pants on would be a social faux pas in most cases, but when he presided over half a million deaths to a pandemic that he downplayed, enriched himself at the nation’s expense, and promoted discrimination and xenophobia, people seem to find their way around it just fine.
In this case, Donald Trump gave a speech to North Carolina Republicans — a speech which he and his campaign had promoted as a “presidential” event — and something didn’t seem to be quite right with his pants.
Others are noting this, but it can't be shared enough: Donald Trump gave his big speech today with his pants on backwards. Look close and tell me I'm wrong.pic.twitter.com/sRsoJVfyf8
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) June 6, 2021
Twitter users have a lot of theories about Trump’s pants: he was unable to zip them so safety-pinned the fly in the back, they’re flyless elastic-waist pants, he turned them around to hide something (an incontinence accident or otherwise), he made a mistake and couldn’t admit it, and so on.
Trump might be wearing his pants backwards because he has gained too much weight to zip them up. They could be safety pinned together at the back. Or they might have split open right before he entered. He is vain enough that he wouldn’t anticipate needing an extra pair.
— Ms. Lothiana #BlackLivesMatter🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@circlestarSC) June 6, 2021
Donald Trump wore his pants backwards during his speech Saturday at the North Carolina GOP Convention. So there’s that… pic.twitter.com/cG5DLdO6YK
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) June 6, 2021
His pants look like they were tailored by four different men in blindfolds who were all given vastly different descriptions of Trump's body. pic.twitter.com/GffUOaoXYg
— The Hundredth Monkey (@BirthdayWolves) June 6, 2021
I think Jason Miller is doing a shit job ironing Trump's slacks at Mar-a-Lago. pic.twitter.com/Cgci2EicBy
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) June 6, 2021
Did Trump not have a single staffer with the guts to tell him that he put his pants on backwards last night? pic.twitter.com/92LPkg6lWz
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) June 6, 2021
No fly on Trump's pants? I think I know where it went. pic.twitter.com/awYKdoxVFT
— Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) June 6, 2021
Many of the theories lean back on stories shared by Noel Casler, who once worked on the set of Celebrity Apprentice, and claims that Trump is a drug addict who has a resulting problem controlling bodily functions.
Somebody else said the wrinkles were from the pants being wet.
So his diaper probably failed when he pissed his pants, and they had him wear them backwards because the front was soaked.
— 0grestrom (@0grestrom) June 6, 2021
1) Was Trump wearing a diaper?
2) Did Trump have his pants on backwards?
3) Was his zipper missing?
4) Was something else going on?
5) Where was Hope Hicks when Trump needed her?
🔥"Get the machine!"🔥#SundayMorning #TrumpSpeech #FUPA pic.twitter.com/JPru9Of374
— Don Lewis (@DonLew87) June 6, 2021
As for Casler, he was ready to defend the mockery, reminding critics of just how hard Trump worked to hurt democracy.
What did that nice old man ever do besides cheat on his taxes, his wives, launder money for mobsters, ignore a pandemic, kill 600k Americans, promote racism, fascism, tear gas protestors, lie about an election and attack the US Capitol that y’all need to make fun of his pants?
— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) June 6, 2021
Notably, it’s not the first time Trump has caught public attention for the appearance of his pants — back in November, #DiaperDon trended, leading the then-president to tweet and complain that Twitter was making up fake trends.
The full video is available here at CSPAN.