At Thursday night’s GOP debate, Marco Rubio slammed clothing kingpin Donald Trump for having his merchandise made outside the United States.
“About the trade war – I don't understand, because your ties and the clothes you make are made in Mexico and in China,” Rubio said. “So you're gonna be starting a trade war against your own ties and your own suits?”
Trump didn’t deny it – how could he, the stuff says “Made in China” right on the label – and Rubio verbally smacked him: “Make them in America!”
But here’s the thing. That’s not the only thing questionable about Trump’s ties.
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Apparently, he doesn’t know how to tie one on.
Apparently, his ties are too long.
Stylemakers have been wagging their fingers at Trump’s crime against cravats ever since he entered the race.
“What in the name of Macy's clearance aisle is the deal with his tie?” wrote the men’s fashion magazine Details.
“There's only one thing that should dangle that far below the belt, and it's also completely inappropriate.”
GQ warned its stylish followers not to emulate Trump’s neckwear.
“The Donald, like all mega-rich super villains, basically has one outfit. He wears variations of the same traditional suit accented by an enthusiastic tie. He has done this forever,” QG wrote.
“When the occasion calls for it, he loses the tie altogether but for the most part, he is marked by neckwear as loud and obnoxious as his own voice. What's more, his ties are getting longer. And while we could speculate at the political or psychological reasons for this, he really just needs to choke-up.”
Details duly noted that no one wants to make too much ado about what a (potential) president wears. After all, a commander-in-chief will have more important things to worry about than “the button stance of his suit jacket.”
“But all you prez hopefuls take note: If your tie touches the chair between your legs when you're sitting down, it's too long. Way too long,” Details warned.
“The point of your tie should just graze your waistband; anything longer looks like you raided your daddy's closet. And that's not a good look for any wannabe POTUS, no matter how crazy.”
Kenny King of King Brothers Clothiers in Minneapolis – the purveyor of upscale, bespoke (custom) suits – is also alarmed by Trump’s ties.
“They are waaaaay too long. I’m not sure what is going on,” King told the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week.
“We’ve actually met Donald Trump. He’s pretty tall, his torso is long, and in order to get the ties that long I imagine he is getting them custom made. The ties that he wears should end on his buckle or waistband of his pants.”
In a searing take-down of Trump’s overall appearance last fall – he looks “like an ordinary, angry middle-management guy” – the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic, Robin Givhan, noted the Trump tie trauma, too.
And she was not shy about hitting, uh, below the belt.
Wrote Givhan: “He makes ties look sloppy.”