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It’s probably not what you imagined…
Paul Manafort is currently on trial in United States District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman faces 32 counts of bank fraud, tax evasion, and related charges.
But Twitter would like to add one more charge: a poor taste in fashion. When prosecutors revealed a $15,000 ostrich skin jacket, as evidence of Manafort’s extravagant lifestyle, people immediately starting roasting it online.
CNN correspondent Kara Scannell posted a picture of the jacket in question on Wednesday night, saying “Behold. The $15,000 ostrich coat Manafort bought with an international wire transfer, according to a men’s clothier who testified today. Government exhibit”.
Behold. The $15,000 ostrich coat Manafort bought with an international wire transfer, according to a men’s clothier who testified today. Government exhibit pic.twitter.com/BjuQ39ZeJ0— Kara Scannell (@KaraScannell) August 1, 2018
Everyone seemed equally horrified by the price, and the jacket itself.
You mean to tell me PAUL MANAFORT is walking around in this? Excuse me what... https://t.co/rWiWIUBKaI— Priyanka Aribindi (@priaribi) August 2, 2018
Looks like leftover wardrobe from a Wham! video.— Mr. Fun Guy (@Mister_Fun_Guy) August 1, 2018
Wherever ostriches go in the afterlife, the one that this came from must be screaming— Gerard (@GroverXV) August 2, 2018
"They made me into THAT???" https://t.co/b6UjMpn44Y
Anyone who buys a jacket looking like this deserves to spend the rest of his/her natural life in prison. https://t.co/oh30w2A77l— BustaGallica (@PlayNitecrwlers) August 2, 2018
More Manafort wardrobe. I used to think it was hyperbole when I said Trump and all his cronies were like villains from old episodes of Miami Vice. https://t.co/pJruLxjcM8— Tracey Robertson (@TraceySmash) August 2, 2018
If you can’t wear an ostrich leather bomber jacket with drawstrings while doing business in Eastern Europe when can you?!? https://t.co/gMjijhI349— Josefa Velasquez (@J__Velasquez) August 2, 2018
That junk is eBay ugly https://t.co/9NGG7QSHLv— Caleb T. Boyd (@citharize) August 2, 2018
Bjork wore it better pic.twitter.com/4N5GOq88uL— Chris Ajello (@ChrisAjello) August 2, 2018
Rich people are so weird. https://t.co/AwSfDuujj5— Sean Miskell (@SeanMiskell) August 2, 2018
Although, having heard about it before pictures were revealed, some people were a little underwhelmed.
what a let down https://t.co/0mSDa0hi4S— flglmn (@flglmn) August 2, 2018
what i expected... pic.twitter.com/K3tjQ2nxkl— Liberal Venom #AsTheWhiteHouseTurns (@LiberalVenom) August 2, 2018
If you’re wondering why the jacket has small bumps in it, it’s because that’s where the bird’s feathers have been removed. It’s also supposed to be both stronger and softer than most other kinds of leather. Maybe not $15,000 stronger and softer, but it does also appear to come with a silk lining, so it’s no doubt way more comfortable than, say, one of those jumpsuits they make you wear in prison.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.