A brief history of Donald Trump using tape to fix his tie

A brief history of Donald Trump using tape to fix his tie
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Among the things that President Donald Trump holds most dear — besides his wife, Melania, his children and his newfound ability to make the lives of women, immigrants and the poor a living hell — is apparently fixing his tie with clear tape. 

Rather than ditching a tie that has proven itself faulty, Trump, a self-proclaimed billionaire, uses tape to hold it together. 

Don't believe us? Here's Donald Trump boarding Marine One on March 3:

President Donald Trump walks with his grandchildren across the South Lawn of the White House.
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And here he is disembarking Air Force One later that day: 

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One.
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Alex Brandon/AP

See that?

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives at Orlando International Airport, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
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Right there? 

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives at Orlando International Airport, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
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Tape. 

The kind you'd use to mend an old shoe, or tape paper to more paper; not really the kind you'd think to use on a red satin tie. 

This has, of course, caused a bit of a firestorm on Twitter, with many in utter disbelief. 

But what some may not realize is that this is far from the first time this has happened. 

It all started in December, with Trump and his at the time vice president-elect, Mike Pence, arriving in Indiana for a visit to a Carrier office for a speech. 

Here is newly elected Donald Trump, disembarking an airplane with the exact same red tie. 

President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the airport before visiting the Carrier air conditioning and heating company in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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And the same fucking tape.

President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the airport before visiting the Carrier air conditioning and heating company in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 1, 2016.
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Why does this happen? Well, as Esquire explained, it goes back to Trump's penchant for wearing terribly long ties

"Because of the front being so long, the skinny end can't reach the loop in the back that holds it in place," Esquire wrote. "Without the tape, it could flap around and make itself known to the world. This would, of course, be unacceptable to a man as obsessed with appearances as Trump." 

So Trump opts for some tape messily pasted on like a web of frustration. 

And it's not like Trump doesn't know. No, no, this man knows. Because on a day where it'd most certainly be windy and a day that he and his dearly beloved taped-up red tie would be exposed to the elements, he proudly wore it. 

Yes, people — he wore this tie on Inauguration Day. 

Melania Trump (left), Donald Trump (center-left), Mike Pence (center-right) and Karen Pence on Inauguration Day
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See it?

(L-R): Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Karen Pence on Inauguration Day
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Rob Carr/Getty Images

Yup. 

(L-R): Donald Trump and Mike Pence on Inauguration Day
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And we thought Melania Trump channeling Jackie Kennedy was the style story of the day. 

Just look at it... the embarrassment of it all. 

Donald Trump and that red taped tie on Inauguration Day
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Rob Carr/Getty Images

The horror. 

The shame. 

So now the question is this: Why does he continue to insist on wearing this same exact red taped tie over and over again, rather than throw the damn tie out or get one that fits? The answer, my friends, much like Trump's taped tie, is blowing in the wind. 

And by that we mean - we have no idea.

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Rachel Lubitz

Rachel is a senior Style writer at Mic. She previously worked for The Washington Post's Style section for more than three years. Feel free to contact her at rachel@mic.com.

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