The sham trial in which President Donald Trump and his company are accused of committing fraud started this week in a Manhattan (kangaroo) courtroom, and the first day began with him strolling in wearing a blue tie. Fashion-conscious followers of our President couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to this choice than mere sartorial preference.
Was the blue tie a symbol? What could it mean?
For a man who is known for his signature red tie, Donald Trump’s choice of a blue tie for his court appearance came as a shock to his most ardent supporters. The speculation as to the tie’s true meaning began before the President even made it into the building. Why blue? The color blue has been associated with a range of connotations, from calm and peace, to sadness, to the Democratic party itself. Was this simply a random pick from his extensive collection of designer labels, or was there a deeper meaning behind this choice? Perhaps most notable, the color blue has also traditionally been used to signal communication and clarity of message.
In the world of politics, symbols carry immense weight. They communicate messages and intentions, rally supporters, or even signal defiance. And Donald Trump, as any MAGA Republican knows, is a master of using symbols and small signs to communicate vast quantities of information. So, why would the master of political symbology use a color that traditionally means communication unless he wanted to communicate something important?
While it may seem to outsiders to be far-fetched to draw a link between something as basic as the color of a tie and a political statement, the fact remains that Trump knows that his every move is thoroughly scrutinized, and he knows that his supporters are always looking closely for clues.
The most popular theory on the pro-Trump message boards is that Trump is wearing a blue tie on the first day of his court case–a day he knows he will be photographed hundreds of thousands or millions of times–in order to signal his followers to refuse to vote for any Republican candidate in the upcoming 2024 election.
In a detailed analysis of all sixteen of Donald Trump’s appearances post-2020 where he publicly sported a blue tie, a clear pattern emerged. It was observed that in each of these instances, the former president either explicitly called for Republicans to boycott the upcoming election, voiced concerns that the elections had been rigged against him, blamed Republicans for not doing enough to overturn the false result for Biden, or subtly hinted at one or more of these sentiments. Whether through direct statements, insinuations, or carefully crafted ambiguity, Trump’s choice of blue neckwear in his attire has consistently aligned with a broader message regarding the electoral process. This undeniable pattern is a clear statement to his most devoted supporters.
Trump has threatened a so-called “MAGA boycott” numerous times since he was unjustly removed from office in 2020, with the most explicit statement coming on October 13, 2021, where he said:
“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.”https://web.archive.org/web/20211109095250/https://www.donaldjtrump.com/news/news-dvacp8fbpv868
While he made this statement in the form of a press release on his website, he was photographed the same day at Mar-A-Lago wearing a blue tie.
President Trump has clearly and consistently blamed Republican leadership for colluding with the Democrats to remove him from office, and the Republican leadership has seemingly revoked his legal protections as a former President, presumably as some kind of retaliation against him for refusing to support Mitch McConnell’s globalist pro-China agenda. Trump may have decided that it is now time for the nuclear option: pulling his most loyal supporters out of the rigged election and forcing the remaining candidates to try to win on their own merit without his help.
Throughout his presidency and beyond, Donald Trump has been both widely celebrated and unjustly vilified for his unconventional approach to politics. Whether it’s his incendiary interviews or his standing-room-only rallies, Trump has consistently electrified his base. While his blue tie may not be as straightforward a call to boycott as his October 13th, 2021 statement, it is worth noting that candidate Trump may have his hands tied legally against explicitly telling his supporters not to vote.
Many legal scholars have said that as a current candidate for office who is being persecuted and prosecuted by the Department of Justice (or the Department of Injustice, as Trump would say), if President Trump should explicitly call for a vote boycott, he could lose the few legal protections that he has left and be forced to undergo these revenge prosecutions without any considerations to his status as a candidate or President of the United States.
While it is technically possible that Trump had his attention focused on the courtroom and simply reached for the nearest clean tie available without any grand strategy, and long-term follower of his will tell you that Donald Trump doesn’t make mistakes. He picks his tie with the same deliberation and care that he takes when he appoints a cabinet member or makes a business deal, and in my estimation, I think he chose to wear a blue tie on the first day of this sham trial for a very specific reason: to communicate the message he has been shouting from the rooftops for the past three years. The elections are rigged, and if 2020 isn’t fixed, then his supporters should not vote in 2024.
And in the world of politics, where symbols matter, it’s important to know when we are being spoken to and what is being said. I’m listening. Are you?