Breaking: Paul Manafort doesn’t wear socks with suits.
As he sat in an Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom on Monday for his trial on allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud, one peripheral point of discussion on the interwebs was his fashion. No, they weren’t talking about his reported $15,000 ostrich coat. The discussion was all about socks, uh, yes, socks.
In a courtroom sketch, Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign manager is seated at a table wearing a blue suit with what appears to be brown loafers and no socks.
To be fair, perhaps it wasn’t a style statement of his own making. “His lawyers obviously forgot to bring his socks. They probably have lots more on their minds,” NYC trial attorney Eric Richman explained to FN.
“Defense lawyers usually bring clothes and will dress their clients. This is done in order to make an impression on the jury. Lawyers usually aim for modest and reasonable looks,” Richman added. “No socks? Not sure what this says. Maybe they just forgot.”
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Still, Twitter had plenty to say about it as “Mr. Manafort” became a trending topic throughout the day.
One Twitter user imagined what the judge had to say about Manafort’s look.
“Judge: ‘Mr. Manafort. Why are you not wearing socks?’ Mr. Manafort: ‘Your honor. The prison expected me to wear cotton socks; not silk. Can you imagine that?’ “ the user joked.
Despite the look trending among men last year, a user commented: “Is Paul Manafort not wearing socks? Tacky.”
Another tweeted: “also… does paul manafort not wear socks with his suit and dress shoes??”
Added an observer: “here’s a courtroom sketch of Paul Manafort and all I can think about is … no socks?”
In the political world, however, there are some well-known figures who are really into socks. George H.W. Bush has quite the collection, and Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau expresses whimsy with his socks.
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