This morning in an interview with the New York Times Donald Trump made what is certainly the most bizarre lie of 2017. Trump, the leading authority on everything to do with women’s appearances, informed the world that, “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”
Which, of course, is absolutely ridiculous.
Martha Slagle, vice president and general manager the Neiman Narcus, assured the Washington Post that her store has “more than a thousand evening gowns to choose from.” She is also fully stocked in formal furs, wraps, and evening coats. Krista Johnson, owner of designer consignment boutique Ella Rue, says that her racks are full of options including gowns from Oscar de la Renta, Alexis, and Moschino. “Unless a thousand people came in today, we’d still have choices,” she told the press.
Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Rent the Runway, Karen Millen, and Betty Fisher among others have also confirmed that they are stocked with formal gowns.
The question is, why would Trump lie about dress shopping, especially since the lie was so obviously false? We may never truly know what goes on in the mind of Donald Trump, but the most plausible answer is that he wants to create a rumor that his inauguration will boast the highest attendance ever. He told the New York Times, “We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars.” Never mind that less than three weeks ago Trump publicly stated that he did not want any “A-listers” at the inauguration.
The absurdity of Trump’s narcissism is reaching unprecedented heights. But if he thought that claiming he had so many fans that every women’s clothing store in D.C. was sold out would make him look good, he was dead wrong. Just another day of the president-elect making a complete fool of himself.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.