What do you do to demonstrate that you’re the president-elect of the United States of America, besides tweeting about it constantly in a way that alienates a large majority of the country and angers even more people? You update your campaign swag, naturally. The New York Post reports that Donald Trump was spotted wearing a brand-new version of his now-infamous red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday. It’s one that might not be available in the merchandise store on his website anytime soon; though, given that it appears to be a one-off version made just for him.
The front of the hat appears to be pretty standard: “USA,” it reads in large white letters. On the side, well, that’s where it gets downright Trumpian. It has the number 45 embroidered right above the president-elect’s ears. As in, should he be inaugurated come January, Trump would be the 45th president of the United States.
The Post notes that, “The president-elect appeared to make a point of adjusting the hat for news cameras.” Several outlets believe the “45” is a reminder that he won the election—AOL calls it “trolling”—and a reference to his weekend Twitter tirade about Jill Stein’s recount petition filing in Wisconsin, which accompanied other tweets about Hillary Clinton’s conceding the election to him, as well as a claim that “millions of people voted illegally.”
Neither Donald Trump nor the Trump campaign has yet to comment on whether the hat was indeed a reference to the recount or the questioning of his president-elect status, but Vanity Fair has reached out for comment. For now, potentially trolling hats might be speaking louder than tweets.
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