Is This Trump in High-Waisted Pants?

This isn't the first time an altered image of Trump has been circulated on social media.

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Claim

A photograph shows former President Donald Trump in unusually high-waisted pants.

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Origin

An image supposedly showing former President Donald Trump in unusually high-waisted pants has been circulating on social media since at least March 2021:

This is not a genuine image of Trump. In the original photograph, Trump’s pants don’t ride nearly to his armpits. 

This image was created by altering a photograph of Trump that was taken during a visit to Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach, Florida, club in March 2021. The original photograph was reportedly taken by real estate agent Valentina Deva. The Daily Mail reported:

Donald Trump has used a surprise appearance at a Mar-a-Largo dog rescue fundraiser to proclaim that his daughter-in-law Lara Trump will run for senate.

The former president delighted attendees at the event – held Friday night for Big Dog Ranch Rescue – as he took to the stage for an impromptu speech, which was shared to Twitter by journalist T.A. Walker.

‘I didn’t exactly prepare for this, but I was walking by, and I heard everyone screaming,’ Trump was seen telling the crowd as they broke into rapturous applause.

Here’s a comparison of the original photograph (left) and the doctored image (right):

This fake photograph was likely inspired by a monologue from late night host Jimmy Kimmel. After the original photograph went viral, Kimmel quipped “[Trump] doesn’t look strong and he definitely doesn’t look fantastic. He looks like an old man with his belt pulled up to his nips.”

It seems that someone made a visually altered image of Kimmel’s joke.

Sources: 

Court, Andrew. “Trump Makes Surprise Appearance at Dog Rescue Fundraiser.” Mail Online, 13 Mar. 2021, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9357535/Trump-makes-surprise-appearance-Mar-Lago-fundraiser-helping-rescue-dogs-China.html.

“Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Trump’s Post-Presidency Body.” The Independent, 16 Mar. 2021, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/jimmy-kimmel-mock-trump-body-b1818042.html.