As Twitchy reported Wednesday, journalists and political pundits quickly zeroed in on two short paragraphs from a Washington Post article on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet and adviser picks, whom he reportedly expects to be telegenic and to “present themselves very well” for the role they’re expected to fill.
James “Mad Dog” Mattis seems to be as wild as the Trump administration is willing to get; therefore, the story goes, possible secretary of state pick John Bolton was broomed over his mustache, which unnamed sources said possibly handicapped the former ambassador.
As rumors always do, this one has made it back to Bolton himself, who says the ‘stache stays.
I appreciate the grooming advice from the totally unbiased mainstream media, but I will not be shaving my #mustache.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 22, 2016
— GayPatriot (@GayPatriot) December 22, 2016
@AmbJohnBolton nor should you!!!!!
— (((Jay Lampert))) (@MortChristenson) December 22, 2016
— Gunny Dave USMC (@dave_usmc) December 22, 2016
@AmbJohnBolton damn hippie!
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) December 22, 2016
Maybe it was all a test to see if Bolton would buckle and shave, or stand strong for personal freedom.
.@AmbJohnBolton Wasn't it Donald Trump who wouldn't hire you because of it?
I don't think any media forced that decision. It's all his.
— Helen Noble (@BoobPunchTina) December 22, 2016
Eh … that’s the story that finally made it around social media, but again, that was the work of professional reporters employing shorthand liberally, no pun intended. “Donald was not going to like that mustache,” said one unnamed source who asked for anonymity, so yeah, that’s entirely why Trump passed.
@AmbJohnBolton grow a beard
— Daniel (@DanielFReal) December 22, 2016
Grow a beard? Is that you, Sen. Ben Sasse? The facial hair is looking good.
P.s. @BenSasse – digging the beard. Can we bring back the bearded statesmen of American History?
— Joey Cilano (@josiahcilano) December 19, 2016
Thank you for loving freedom. https://t.co/ZRoxvJuR3y
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) December 19, 2016
— Brett Barker (@brettbarker) December 19, 2016
Let’s do it — as long as the media is having a fit about the number of men in Trump’s cabinet, mustaches and beards all around.
— Stuart (@GoldStuart) December 22, 2016
Well, maybe change one thing, but not the mustache.
@AmbJohnBolton sir. Reading this honestly made my day. Literally laughing at this. Please just once wear a monocle????
— Scott R Carrick (@ScottRCarrick29) December 22, 2016