Former President Donald Trump has become the subject of a wave of jokes and memes on Twitter after some viewers accused him of wearing his pants backwards during his address to the North Carolina Republican Party state conference.
On Saturday night, Trump made his first official public speech since the Conservative Political Action Conference in February at the Greenville Convention Center in North Carolina.
He spent a large portion of his lengthy speech bashing President Joe Biden‘s handling of the border crisis, economy and foreign policy, and repeating his baseless claim that widespread voter fraud caused his 2020 election defeat.
Viewers took to Twitter on Sunday morning to accuse Trump of wearing his pants backwards during the speech, with writer Brandon Friedman sharing a close-up video of the ex-president’s pants as he moved away from the podium. “Others are noting this, but it can’t be shared enough: Donald Trump gave his big speech today with his pants on backwards,” he wrote. “Look close and tell me I’m wrong.”
The hashtag #TrumpPants trended on the platform for most of Sunday as thousands of users shared memes and jokes mocking his pants. In the afternoon, a Snopes fact-checker concluded that Trump did not wear his pants backward after noticing a zipper in the front in photos on Getty Images.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, a frequent critic of Trump, tweeted, “He’s clearly on the ‘no fly’ list.”
“Why can’t he dress himself? #Trumppants @FUPA,” tweeted writer and former radio personality Tara Dublin, alongside two side-by-side photos of the ex-president.
User @sirDukeDevin tweeted, “It looks like he has a My Pillow stuffed into the front of his pants.”
Oscar and Grammy-nominated composer Shawn Patterson tweeted, “This is one of the most ill-fit, sloppy and clearly untailored suits I’ve ever seen on an adult. And he claims to be a ‘billionaire’!? It’s shocking and that’s without even dissecting his obvious speech struggles.”
History teacher Sari Beth Rosenberg tweeted, “Former Blogger Living in Mar-A-Lago Starter Pack #Trumppants.”
“Trump just released a statement about his speech last night, claiming, ‘I am big! It’s the pants that got small!’ #Trumppants,” tweeted screenplay writer Paul Rudnick.
More tweets below: