Paul Manafort is proof that money can’t buy taste.Â
Manafort â who is on trial for bank and tax fraud â also committed a crime against fashion when he decided to purchase a series of astonishingly ugly leather jackets.Â
Before he was Trump’s campaign chairman, Manafort worked as a contracted consultant for a pro-Russian Ukrainian leader. After the payments stopped, Mueller says that Manafort laundered $30 million from offshore accounts to avoid paying U.S. taxes and then committed bank fraud by lying about his income to get loans.Â
During the trial on Wednesday witnesses revealed he paid for extravagant splurges through wire transfers from foreign bank accounts. Among the token evil villain-like purchases, including an M-shaped flower bed at his
lair home in the Hamptons, Manafort also spent tens of thousands of dollars on hideous clothing.Â
Receipts from a men’s clothier show that he dropped $15,000 on an ostrich leather jacket, $9,500 on an ostrich vest, and $18,500 on a python skin coat.Â
If you spend that much on a piece of clothing â not even a full outfit, just a single piece of clothing â you’d expect it to at least look good, right?Â
Unfortunately for Manafort, that wasn’t the case. The man really splurged thousands of dollars to look like an off brand Brendan Urie. Â
There aren’t any photos of the ostrich vest, but knowing that it’s both 1. made of ostrich skin, and 2. a vest, we can assume that it’s equally as ugly as these two jackets.Â
People on Twitter got a kick out of seeing just how awful Manafort’s luxury purchase looked.Â
Be smart: Paul Manafortâs weird expensive coats are also ugly.
â Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 2, 2018
Iâve seen $15,000 jackets. And you, sir, are no $15,000 jacket.
â Saeed Jones (@theferocity) August 2, 2018
Paul Manafort serves as a reminder that money does not buy class or taste.
But money does buy ostrich and python leather and Clairol Nice ân Easy.
â Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 2, 2018
If I spent $1M on suits and $15K on a jacket only to come out looking like Manafort, I’d sue.
â Rogue US Mint ðºð¸, #AltGov (@WatchPresTrump) August 1, 2018
Nobody could get enough of Manfort’s horrible wardrobe choices.
Ugh. Worst thing about rain in DC… not being able to wear that sweet ostrich jacket
â Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) August 2, 2018
Gotta say, if you were to have told me that someone who worked for Trump had an ostrich jacket, my first guess wouldâve been Cruella DeVos.
â OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 2, 2018
In a just world, an ostrich would be wearing a jacket made of Paul Manafort.
â Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 2, 2018
Somehow, the ostrich and python jackets aren’t even the worst of Manafort’s purchases. He also bought this horrifying plaid blazer.Â
Comedy Central joked about our country’s obsession with overpriced avocado toast.Â
The jacket debacle reminded some people of a certain ex-EPA head’s absurd spending on tactical pants.
ideal date outfit:
– paul manafort’s $15,000 ostrich jacket
– scott pruitt’s $2700 tactical pants
â Colin J Carlson @ ESA18 (@ColinJCarlson) July 31, 2018
Judge T.S. Ellis III, who is overseeing the trial, held prosecutors back from describing Manafort’s lavish purchases in more detail. During court on Wednesday, Ellis wouldn’t let prosecutors show the jurors pictures of Manafort’s extensive closet.Â
“The government is not going to prosecute people for wearing nice clothes,” Ellis said.
Pricey, sure. But nice is kind of a reach in this case.Â