Last Updated on September 20, 2023
Political legend Roger Stone, known for his sense of political fashion and as a top political advisor to Presidents Trump, Reagan, and Nixon, recently criticized Ron DeSantis’ campaign wardrobe.
The criticism came after DeSantis changed the timing of his Texas speech. Laura Loomer observed that the speech was moved from Wednesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. Charles Downs, a reporter for National File, pointed out that the change would allow DeSantis to wear his signature vest in the morning, as the weather would be more suitable. However, wearing the vest in the afternoon would be unbearable due to the heat. Responding to Downs’ observation, Stone tweeted, “Better yet why does he wear the dopey vest with his logo on it. I can’t recall any president who ever wore anything like that #Dopey.”
Roger Stone emphasizes the significance of wardrobe choices in political success. In his book, “Stone’s Rules,” he writes, “Dressing habits early. The man who dresses for dinner every night of his life looks easy and natural in it.”
DeSantis’ wardrobe choices have been subject to mockery on social media. During a survey of hurricane damage, he wore white high-top boots with jeans and a vest, which many found ridiculous.
The comparison between the Senate dress code and DeSantis’ attire during the hurricane survey has also sparked discussion on social media. Users questioned how the two could be compared, showing a picture of DeSantis in white rain boots. One user tweets, “Everyone’s been talking about the #SenateDressCode recently, which has brought my attention to a picture of Ron DeSantis, and has left me with this question: How can you even begin to compare the dress code of the Senate & Ron wearing white rain boots to survey a hurricane?”
There are speculations about why DeSantis wears high shoes. It is widely believed that his wife, Casey, is taller than him. To conceal the height difference, it is speculated that DeSantis wears high heels. This is why he never walks directly beside his wife at political events.
The choice to wear a vest may have been influenced by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who wore a vest in 2021. Several members of Team Youngkin have now joined Team DeSantis, believing that vest politics work. However, it should be noted that Youngkin’s victory in Virginia was largely attributed to Trump’s endorsement and his encouragement for his supporters to vote in the 2021 off-year election.
It remains to be seen what outfits Team DeSantis will choose next and how they will be received by the public. Fashion choices in politics can have a significant impact on public perception and can influence voters’ opinions. As the campaign progresses, the attention on DeSantis’ wardrobe is likely to continue.