Many were too distracted by the former president’s trousers to focus on his speech (Picture: Reuters)
The internet was sent into a frenzy as Donald Trump made his long-awaited return to the stage.
But the buzz was not over something you might have predicted – it was about his trousers.
Yes, many watching the former president were too distracted by his zipper – or apparent lack thereof – to concentrate on his speech.
Social media users started to believe the 74-year-old had somehow managed to put his navy suit trousers on backwards for the important North Carolina GOP convention.
Comedian James Felton wrote: ‘Just incredible that at no point did he go “huh something’s a little off here” as he zipped himself up on the a**’.
However, on closer inspection of official photographs taken from the event, Metro.co.uk believes Mr Trump had indeed put his trousers on the right way.
It appears he had fallen victim to a trick of stage lighting that made it seem as though he had no zipper, or even seam, running below the belt.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s sights were firmly set on rallying up the crowd as he teased a presidential bid for 2024.
But he vowed first to be an active presence on the campaign trail for those who share his values in next year’s midterm elections.
He told the crowd: ‘We’re going to win North Carolina’s all-important US senate race.
‘And we’re going to lay the groundwork for making sure that Republicans once again carry the great state of North Carolina in a year that I’ll look very much forward to – 2024.
‘We’re going to see numbers like you’ve never seen before.’
‘The survival of America depends on our ability to elect Republicans at every level starting with the midterms next year,’ he added.
On closer inspection, it appears the former president had put his trousers on the right way (Picture: AP)
The former president took the opportunity to swipe at China, Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci (Picture: Getty)
Making his first official appearance in months, Mr Trump again falsely claimed his 2020 presidential election defeat to President Joe Biden was ‘the crime of the century’.
Mr Trump’s speech to hundreds of Republican officials and activists was the opening appearance in what is expected to be a new phase of rallies and public events.
Having been banned from his preferred social media accounts, he hopes to use such events to elevate his diminished voice ahead of another potential presidential run.
Mr Trump also used his stage time to blame China for the pandemic, attack the US’ top Covid health adviser and described the criminal investigation into his finances as a ‘witch hunt’.
He focused his early remarks on President Biden, who he said is running ‘the most radical left-wing administration in history’, while described Anthony Fauci as ‘not a great doctor’.
Mr Trump – who led Republicans in condemning the top Covid adviser for telling Americans to wear face masks – claimed Mr Fauci had been ‘wrong on every issue’ relating to the Covid outbreak.
He said: ‘As we gather tonight our country is being destroyed before our very eyes.’
Democratic National Committee spokesman Ammar Moussa took a swipe at Mr Trump in a statement released ahead of his speech.
Mr Moussa said: ‘More than 400,000 dead Americans, millions of jobs lost, and recklessly dangerous rhetoric is apparently not enough for Republicans to break with a loser president who cost them the White House, Senate, and House.’
His speech came just two days after Facebook announced the suspension of his account for at least two years following his ‘praise for people engaged in’ the deadly Capitol Hill Riot.
Five people died after the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on January 6, while more than 140 were injured.
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