Trump family trial style | ET REALITY


The New York attorney general’s office has finished presenting its case in former President Donald J. Trump’s civil fraud trial. The first act of the first episode of the extended series known as The Trump Lawsuits has come to an end. (The defense begins next week and four more criminal cases are pending.) However, the show is just beginning.

After all, Trump is a man who has always seen the presidency as perhaps the ultimate expression of reality television. This stage may not be of his choosing, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t opportunities involved, especially since his three adult children from his first marriage were also there, playing his usual roles. Even the locker room.

Welcome to the new season of the Trump family trial style. It’s a slightly different look for the brand, one that is noticeably… well, blue.

The guest star of the week was Ivanka Trump, who reluctantly returned to center stage after announcing on Instagram last year that she was stepping out of the political spotlight. She was the center of this week’s final scene, flying from her home in Florida, emerging from the bowels of a black van to make her entrance in a navy wool coat and navy pantsuit, a black leather handbag in one hand, a small pearl earrings in her ears and her blonde hair falling in soft waves around her face, the image of kind and united professionalism and goodwill.

That was always his role in the White House family drama: the rational actor, there to impose some moderation on his father, more bombastic and a man of action.

That Trump had taken the stand earlier in the week, wearing a navy suit, a very long bright blue tie, and a small flag brooch. Not exactly your usual MAGA uniform of red (tie), white (shirt), and blue (suit), but a variation on the theme, perhaps in recognition that the site was not the campaign site, no matter how much you may use your legal issues. to rally his troops. Furthermore, his pugilistic expression, made famous in his Georgia mugshot and later plastered in campaign advertising, was fully present during his testimony, even if no one else was seeing red.

And his suit set the tone for his children, who coordinated in matching navy blue during their time on the stand, an implicit show of family unity before any words were spoken. How do we know they are on the same page?

Just look at Trump’s sons and co-defendants, Donald Jr. and Eric, who testified the week before their father and sister, and were both dressed like the perfect supporting cast, in matching ties and pastel shirts. . Specifically, a pink tie and a light blue shirt for Donald Jr. on day 1 of his testimony and a light blue tie and a powder pink shirt on day 2, a light blue tie and a white shirt for Eric, colors that would complement, in place of competing. with the primary tones of his father. They both wore brown shoes with matching laces and carefully designed matching facial foliage.

Both, like their father (and sister), eschewed the bright red that has become Trump’s signature color and, indeed, any overt display of wealth through accessories, a wise choice for a family that revels in the symbols of “Dynasty”. “And most likely a calculated question for a trial in which the judge has already determined that Trump inflated his net worth, and the question is simply how much of that hoax was conscious fraud.

The Daily Mailthe British newspaper that delights in quoting Ivanka Trump’s outfits, declared that her coat was from Carolina Herrera (when asked, the brand could not confirm this), her “executive tote” from Chanel, her pumps from Jimmy Choo and her Trina outfit. Turk, but there were few visible marks on her clothing, little to suggest they were anything more than an outfit intended for cooperation rather than combat.

Even her choice of hairstyle (a departure from her last public appearance, at Kim Kardashian’s birthday party, when she opted for flat-ironed locks and a cropped top and sequined skirt) created an impression of seriousness and connection to the mainstream. .

Why does this matter? The trials are already making history. No former president has been indicted while simultaneously running for office. No video recording is allowed while the case is underway, meaning that much of the visual drama is captured by still images of the main characters as they enter the courthouse or take their place in the courtroom.

Those are the images that will become part of the permanent record. They are images that will filter into our minds, whether we are aware of them or not, and will help form our impressions. And those images are shaped in part by the elements within them that everyone can identify with: clothing. Donald Trump Jr. He asked a courtroom sketch artist to “make me look sexy.” She was joking. Maybe. Stay tuned.

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