Donald Trump is a businessman. Businessmen wear suits. It makes sense, then, that in the vast majority of photographs depicting him, Donald trump is wearing a suit. But for someone as hyper-visible and heavily photographed as Donald Trump, surely plenty of photos exist of Trump sans jacket, right?
Reader, you could not be more wrong.
Earlier this past weekend, as I was browsing Instagram, something just a little off caught my eye.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is fine. He’s lounging, he’s removed his jacket (as ones does when flying). Reince is ready to relax. Donald Trump, however, is not. Donald Trump’s jacket is firmly in place, despite the fact that, judging by Reince’s chill-level, Trump appears to have had ample time to remove it.
Great afternoon in Ohio & a great evening in Pennsylvania - departing now. See you tomorrow Virginia! pic.twitter.com/jQTQYBFpdb— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
Who wears a suit jacket on a plane? Even more distressing: Who wears a suit jacket while eating KFC?
As I began to rack my brain for answers, I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a photograph of Donald Trump without a jacket on. So I did a little research. I pored through the 30,000-plus images of Donald Trump available on Getty and AP to find the last known photograph of Donald Trump sans jacket.
On March 5, in the year of our Lord 2015, Donald Trump was seen sporting a jacket-less torso for what may very well have been the last time. It was the World Golf Championship at the Trump National Doral golf course, and Donald Trump’s golden arm hairs glistened like silk in the Florida sun.
That white polo appears to have been a favorite; he also wore it at the Donald Trump Million Dollar Invitational tournament in 2006:
Then again in 2012:
As well as 2013:
But since that fateful day in 2015, no matter the situation or surroundings, Donald Trump has kept himself stuffed firmly into his suit jacket.
Donald Trump is still willing to don his beloved Trump International polo, sure, but not without his constricting security layer:
But why is Donald Trump so keen on staying covered? The controversial 1993 Trump biography Lost Tycoon might give us a hint. In it, while discussing eventual second-wife Marla Maples’ early feelings towards Trump, author Harry Hurt writes:
The funny thing is, there’s a side of Donald that not even [Marla] has seen. She has never seen him completely naked—at least almost never—because he won’t let her. Whenever they’re about to have sex, he makes her go into the bathroom while he gets undressed. As soon as he takes off his clothes, he jumps into the bed and pulls up the covers. She knows that he’s ashamed to show her what a flabby old body he has. He has no idea that just makes him seem cuter and more cuddly to her.
It certainly wouldn’t come as shock to discover that someone as aggressively defensive as Donald Trump is, at his core, deeply and cripplingly insecure. Which might also explain why Trump is so loath to remove his apparently beloved additional layer of covering, even when social decorum would suggest it. Like at a hockey game, for instance:
Or at a baseball game:
But Trump wasn’t always like this. Here he is at the U.S. open in 1991, jacket free and much more appropriately dressed:
Perhaps Trump’s body-image anxieties—if he does have them—have only worsened as the ensuing quarter-century took its toll on his decrepit torso.
But, the skeptics may ask, is it simply the case that Trump wears the jacket to obfuscate his rumored bulletproof vest? It’s possible, but the timing doesn’t add up. According to New York Magazine, Trump began wearing the vest “several months” prior to April of 2016. By that point, it had already been a full year since Trump was last seen not wearing a jacket.
With all this in mind, there exist several possible lines of query. Has Donald Trump been wearing a jacket of some sort for 17 months straight? Does he sleep in a suit jacket? Shower in it? Exactly how many jackets does Donald Trump own?
And, perhaps most importantly, what is Donald Trump trying to hide?
We’ve reached out to Donald Trump’s campaign to find out, and will update if and when we hear back. Until then, if you have any information at all regarding Donald Trump’s jacket and what may or may not lie beneath, please send us an email here.
The people demand answers.