The Twitterati didn’t seem to care whether Mulvaney was inspired by the trip to express some patriotic spirit. They just let him have it.
“This is what disrespectful white trash Americans look like,” one Twitter critic wrote. “He thinks that this offensive shirt ‘owns the Libs’. It doesn’t.”
“This is what disrespectful white trash Americans look like. He thinks that this offensive shirt ‘owns the Libs’. It doesn’t.”
— Twitter commenter
“Mulvaney’s shirt direct from the Walmart clearance rack,” another wrote.
“Trump made Mulvaney wear that sniper-target shirt the whole time they were in Afghanistan,” a third critic wrote.
Other Republicans recently targeted over their attire include former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.
The Spicer comments were triggered by his recent stint as a contestant on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which involved wearing various costumes for different dance routines.
Perhaps drawing the most scorn was a bright neon rumba shirt.
“Sean Spicer is basically wearing the Puffy Shirt from Seinfeld,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Anytime that image of Spicer in a lime green rumba shirt pops up I question if this isn’t purgatory,” another wrote.
“Anytime that image of Spicer in a lime green rumba shirt pops up I question if this isn’t purgatory.”
— Twitter commenter
After wearing it, Spicer placed the shirt up for auction to raise money for the “Yellow Ribbon” fund, which assists the caregivers of wounded service members.
Jordan, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which recently conducted impeachment hearings, is known for opting against wearing a jacket while performing his congressional duties. Earlier this month, The Washington Post let Jordan know it disapproved.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has often faced criticism for opting against wearing a jacket during committee hearings on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press) (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
“For dignity’s sake, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket,” the Nov. 13 piece was titled. It later described Jordan’s fashion choice as “his power move” and his “sartorial chest thump.”
For his part, Jordan claims that shedding his jacket simply helps him do his job better.
“I can’t really get fired up and get into it if you’ve got some jacket slowing you down,” he told the Post.
Former President Barack Obama’s choice of a tan suit did not go over well in Washington in 2014.
Fashion comments have also run in the opposite political direction: For example, former President Barack Obama was once taken to task over a tan-colored suit, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been the butt of many jokes about her pantsuits.