Christmas creep is real, and it’s all over Tom Steyer’s neck

It’s tough choosing an outfit for a debate. You can take the easy way out and don party colors, or bust a power move like Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) in the all-white ensemble.

Or, if you’re billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer, you can inject a bit of whimsy into your wardrobe. Specifically, by wearing a Christmas tie.

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As America got its first glimpse of the least-known Democratic presidential candidate, who is campaigning on a solidly progressive platform and has a track record of successful political activism, many were distracted by the holiday-red plaid dangling from his neck.

The truth is that Steyer wears that tie, or another like it, a lot. He’s worn it on The View, in a Bloomberg bit, on CBS News, and more.

Maybe Santa will reward his holiday spirit by bringing him a nomination for Christmas.

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Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.