A bizarre bout of Trump Derangement Syndrome overtook some in the liberal media this weekend when reports emerged suggesting – falsely – that at an appearance in North Carolina, the former president was wearing his suit pants backwards in what was described as a clear sign of dementia, as Breitbart explained.
The controversy began when New York Daily News writer Brandon Friedman took to Twitter and posted hazy video captured from a television screen of the former commander in chief standing on stage in an event in Greenville, adding the comment, “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.”
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
Friedman’s tweet, in turn, got former network news reporter Shelley Ross to join the conspiracy theory bandwagon, prompting her to engage in a war of words with former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell on the strange topic.
Ross declared in a Facebook joust with Grenell, “…the zipperless pants are not a joke if it is related to frontal lobe dementia. I think it is more sad than funny,” with the former Trump administration official firing back, “I will forever point to this post as Example #1 showing how grown adults who seemingly seem educated can become deranged partisans,” as Breitbart noted.
Trump haters across the Twitterverse pounced on the situation immediately, suggesting, among other things, that the former president was wearing elastic-waist pants or sporting trousers held up with suspenders to assist with a supposed incontinence-related need to get them down quickly. Others attempted humorous comparisons to 90s rap duo Kriss Kross, whose members famously wore backwards clothes as a marketing gimmick.
As the Daily Mail eventually reported, while the initial video circulated of Trump on stage did show odd wrinkles on the front of the pants near the thighs, and from certain angles, there appeared to be no fly incorporated into the garment, high-resolution photos ultimately demonstrated that there was indeed a zipper on the pants in question.
Indeed, left-leaning fact-check site Snopes was forced to declare “false” Friedman’s claim that got the whole kerfuffle started, and while the Daily News columnist did post that outcome, he has not yet deleted the initial defamatory commentary on Trump’s pants.
The rapid manner in which Trump’s detractors seized on something as insignificant as his pants to concoct a narrative about his supposed dementia appears to most sane observers as a desperate bit of projection designed to deflect attention from the profound cognitive decline gripping the man who actually does occupy the White House.