Fact check: Donald Trump wore pants properly, images and videos show

The claim: Donald Trump was wearing pants backwards during speech

During his first public speech in three months, former President Donald Trump spoke about the 2020 election, COVID-19 and the current administration. But Americans focused on his attire, specifically, the way Trump appeared to wear his pants.

“Others are noting this, but it can’t be shared enough: Donald Trump gave his speech today with his pants on backwards,” a screengrab of a tweet shared on Instagram read.

Accompanying the text is a cropped image of the front of Trump’s pants. The image has been liked over 75,000 times since it was posted on Instagram June 6.

USA TODAY reached out to the user for comment. 

Trump spoke at the North Carolina Republican Party convention June 5. In his 90-minute speech, Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

The image, which is part of a video that went viral on Twitter, was taken after Trump welcomed Budd to the stage.

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But it doesn’t show Trump wearing his pants backwards, according to a USA TODAY analysis of video and images of the event.

Trump did not wear pants backwards

The claims originated after a close-up video of the front of Trump’s pants doesn’t clearly show a zipper.

While Trump stood behind a podium for the majority of his speech, footage from C-SPAN briefly captured him standing to the side as Budd took over the podium 23 minutes into the video.

The footage of his pants doesn’t indicate they were backwards.

A clearer video, posted by Fox Carolina, shows a zipper, indicating Trump’s pants were facing the right way.

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Additional pictures taken throughout the night and posted by Getty Images show Trump was wearing pants with a zipper in the front. 

Our rating: False

We rate the claim that Trump wore his pants backwards during the North Carolina Republican Party convention FALSE, based on our research. Video footage and images taken throughout the night show the pants had a zipper in the front, indicating Trump wore his pants facing the right way.

Our fact-check sources:

  • USA TODAY, June 5, Donald Trump returns to political stage amid GOP turmoil, social media bans, investigations
  • C-SPAN, June 5, Former President Trump Speaks at North Carolina Republican Convention
  • Fox Carolina News on// YouTube, June 5, Former President Trump Speaks at the North Carolina Republican Party’s State Convention
  • Getty Images, June 5, Former U.S. President Donald Trump Listens to Ted Budd (By Melissa Sue Gerrits)
  • Getty Images, June 5, Former U.S. President Donald Trump Listens to Lara Trump (By Melissa Sue Gerrits)

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