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An Old Doctored Video of Trump’s ‘Wig’ Flying Off Recirculates

The authentic video from 2019 shows that his hair stayed in place.

Former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

American presidential history is riddled with countless legends, mysteries, and conspiracy theories: Did George Washington actually have wooden teeth? Did President William Howard Taft get stuck in a bath? Was Zachary Taylor poisoned? Most of these stories are grounded in some amount of truth, and historians have spent decades untangling, confirming, and/or disproving their veracity. The modern era has its own version of such a question: Is Donald Trump’s hair real?

A 2019 video purporting to show a wig flying off Donald Trump’s head is spreading again online. Tweets, Instagram posts, and TikTok videos claim that a gust of wind removed the wig, exposing a bald head underneath as he answered press questions related to his infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The video, however, is doctored—no such event occurred, and the former president’s hair is, in fact, real. The original footage comes from a video of Trump answering questions outside of Air Force One before departing Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he would attend a college football game between LSU and Alabama. In the video, Trump can be seen addressing the press, and his hair remains securely attached to his head the entire time.

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Alex Demas is a fact checker at The Dispatch and is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the company in 2023, he worked in England as a financial journalist and earned his MA in Political Economy at King's College London. When not heroically combating misinformation online, Alex can be found mixing cocktails, watching his beloved soccer team Aston Villa lose a match, or attempting to pet stray cats.