In an interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump boasted about what a hot ticket his inauguration is shaping up to be.
“We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars,” he said. “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”
Seizing on what appeared to be an easy enough bit of pointless braggadocio, numerous publications today called to shops around the D.C. area to see if, in fact, they are fresh out of dresses.
They are not.
“No, we’re not sold out,” the owner of Mae’s Dress Boutique, told People. “We have 200 dresses, if not more, in stock.” The owner of another boutique, Saks Jandel, echoed the claim.
“There’s never been less demand for inaugural ballgowns in my 38 years,” Peter Marx said.
Salon found a similar bounty of dresses still in stock, as did Jezebel, who called around:
BETSY FISHER: “No, we definitely have lines available for people to order. We have specifically brought in some lines so that we can accommodate anybody that needs one. I mean, it is in three weeks, but no. And we also have some pieces here that they could wear. I’m certain that they could find an appropriate dress [in D.C.] that they would feel fabulous in for the event.”
KAREN MILLEN: “We have a lot of dresses left.”
NORDSTROM: “We always have dresses in stock.”
Surprisingly, Trump has lied again, over something there was no reason to lie about.