Footage that seemed to show Donald Trump wearing pants without a front zipper fly has thrown his critics into a frenzy, drawing accusations that he put his pants on backwards and comparisons to the 90s hip-hop duo Kriss Kross.
A video clip from Trump’s rally on Friday in Greenville, North Carolina raced around the internet, showing Trump’s pants oddly wrinkled around the front thighs, with no visible fly.
‘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,’ tweeted New York Daily News columnist Brandon Friedman.
Theories and speculation ran wild as the video made the rounds, with others proposing that the pants might be elastic-waisted pull-ups with no button or front zipper.
A cell phone video clip of the TV broadcast drove Trump critics into a frenzy, appearing to show him wearing pants with no front zipper fly and oddly bunched in the thighs
The original footage from Fox affiliate WHNS-TV has a different contrast level, but there is also no fly visible, and the viral clip does not appear to be doctored
‘His pants aren’t backwards. His tailor made him pull-up trousers to match the jacket, they’re held up with an elastic waist and/or suspenders,’ one Twitter user proposed.
‘In other words, it looks like he is struggling with incontinence and needs to get his pants down quick,’ the person added.
Trump haters seized on the video clip with glee, including the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, which contrasted a still from the video with a photo of President Joe Biden smiling on his bike.
However, Trump supporters fired back furiously, claiming the video had been doctored.
‘I can’t believe how many leftist morons, namely @ProjectLincoln, fell for the horribly photoshopped pic of Trump’s pants,’ tweeted conservative commentator John Cardillo.
A closeup of the original footage adds to the mystery, with no zipper fly clearly visible
However, a higher resolution photo from the event show some kind of seam in the trousers
A closeup of the photo shows the front seam, which some argued was too long for a fly
Another photo clearly shows the pants with an apparent fly, which may have been obscured in the glare from other angles on the brightly lit stage
The video that made the rounds on Twitter consisted of cell phone footage of a television broadcast of the rally, but a DailyMail.com investigation suggests that it has not been digitally altered.
The same footage can been seen in a WHNS-TV broadcast of the event, and no fly is visible in the original, clearer footage.
However, high-resolution photos from the event offer a clearer view of Trump’s slacks than the video offers
In several photos, a seam of some kind is clearly seen running down the front of Trump’s trousers, suggesting that the pants did have a zipper.
Trump haters remained adamant that the seam was too long to be a zipper, suggesting that it was just a seam of the type found on the back of typical men’s slacks.
The controversy sparked an avalanche of comparisons to Kriss Kross, the youth hip-hop duo that went platinum at age 13, and famously wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick.
The controversy sparked an avalanche of comparisons to Kriss Kross, the youth hip-hop duo that went platinum at age 13, and famously wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick
‘Kriss Kross will make ya Trump Trump,’ tweeted actor Brian Guest, spoofing the lyrics of the group’s smash hit debut single, ‘Jump’.
‘Now let’s wait and see if the rest of his supporters turn their pants around backwards. It’ll be like Kriss Kross in the 90s but with the GOP…..’ another person tweeted.
Some cracked puns, with one person asking: ‘Was the speech given in a no-fly zone?’
Others predicted that Trump would soon address the pants rumors head on with his typical brio and antagonism.
‘The next Trump rally will feature 15 minutes of brand new content on his very normal pants,’ tweeted screenwriter Bob Schooley.