Video Of Donald Trump's Hair Appears To Show The Emperor Is Kinda Bald
While boarding Air Force One last week, Trump was struck by a gust of wind — which finally exposed the president's hair for what it is, or isn't. The video of Trump's hair in the wind was brought to public attention by reporter Ashley Feinberg, who wrote: "at first i didnt think this could possibly be real but.... i think it is?"
As with much of Trump's public image, the president is notoriously vain about his hair. One of his former photographers told Newsweek:
(This was back in 2004, when Trump and everybody else probably had more hair.)
His well-established vanity is at odds with his remarks about women — whom he has consistently objectified throughout his career, apparently regarding them as little more than their looks. This quote from Michael Sebastian in Cosmopolitan probably says it best:
It's clear by his tweets that President Trump has paid close attention to how the "fake news media" portrays him, both in terms of his policies and aesthetically. According to POLITICO, prior to taking office, Trump even complained to an NBC executive about the photos they used of him.
The president is also famously driven to anger by comments on his "small hands" and other aspects of his appearance — I mean, who can forget "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'"
The president has consistently defended his hair over the years, telling Rolling Stone in 2011:
According to the president's official medical report, he regularly takes finasteride, which is a drug to combat male-pattern baldness.
Does it matter whether Trump has the head of hair he pretends he does? No, not really. Has he lowered the office of the presidency to the point where journalists and citizens alike revel in exposing the flaws he denies having? Yes, unfortunately.
Trump has picked some of his most senior advisers based on his opinion of their appearance and has repeatedly suggested that women are only as valuable as their youth and beauty. Much like the backlash against some of his policies, Trump will not listen to anyone who tries to educate him otherwise — but he does pay attention when his ego is bruised.
In Michael Wolff's book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, the writer claimed that even Trump's daughter Ivanka makes fun of her dad's hair.
The message from journalists and concerned citizens has been clear: We will continue to hold you to the standards that you insist on holding to all people, most often women. There are limited ways to get through to the president, particularly when he's written off the opinions on the vast majority of the news media, but his vanity is a sure bet.