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When you consider this Sunday’s VMAs, you’re most likely not believing of the face of the 45th president of these United States, Donald Trump. If you had actually been believing of the one 15 years back, you may be. The existing president was a routine component at the MTV Video Music Awards back in the early aughts — and now, the pictures of Donald Trump at the VMAs are simply actually odd to take a look at.

Trump participated in on a number of events in those halcyon days of popular song, when Britney and Justin were still together and it was still thought about outrageous for 2 ladies to kiss openly. Lo, it was another time.

And because time — when our existing president was more understood for his ugly hotels and absurd motion picture cameos than selecting battles with North Korea — he appeared on the VMAs red carpet. Not as soon as — not even two times — however a minimum of 3 times.

Donald Trump appeared with present and then-girlfriend First Lady Melania Knauss in 2000, 2002, and 2003, and oh yes, there are undoubtedly pictures to show it. The set remain in complete, wonderful early-aughts style to boot, total with sparkly gowns, over-bangled earrings, and Trump himself is even sporting a glossy incorporate one image.

Do you keep in mind when Trump was simply another B-list star spending time the red carpet?

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Check out that tiger-striped gown, the slim spaghetti straps, the wide-eyed horror in Melania’s eyes as she deals with down the cam.

In September of 2000, when this picture was taken, Melania had actually been dating Trump for almost 2 years ( consisting of 2 breaks of a number of months). Surprisingly enough, Trump’s divorce from 2nd partner Marla Maples had actually just been settled in June of the previous year.

2002 — Playing 2nd fiddle to Jennifer Lopez


The legendary 2002-ness of these attires is eliminating me. In between J.Lo’s curls and all that fringe (not to point out cleavage) on her coat, and Melania’s hair really hanging naturally rather of being curled back in waves, it’s simply excessive. You can almost hear the chorus of “ If You Had My Love, ” or “ Jenny From The Block ” as you take a look at it.

Donald Trump looks a little too interested in Jenny’s block for my convenience. Melania is right there, guy.

2003 — Shiny ties and sparkles

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Remember how in 2003 all the going-out clothing were pastel silks, there were rhinestones on whatever, and all of us used huge dangly earrings? It’s a period that in retrospection, appears customized for Trump and his preference for gold and sparkly whatever. In this image from 2003, Trump’s even matched his tie to Melania’s gown.

Poor Melania, however, didn’t have rather the cultural prestige that she has today as very first woman. The caption for the image checks out “ Entrepreneur Donald Trump (L) and visitor.”


BONUS ROUND — young Ivanka, circa 1995.

Trump took a 14-year-old Ivanka to the occasion back in 1995, a couple of years after he divided from her mom Ivana. Which would be very sweet — daddy and child bonding time — if not for the unusual glare he’s offering the video camera.

For much better or even worse, Trump will not be on the red carpet at this Sunday’s VMAs. (At least, we do not believe so.)

He’s investing the weekend at Camp David, where he’s hung around tweeting about pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio and watching on Hurricane Harvey.

Who understands? Trump is absolutely understood for being unforeseeable. Perhaps he’ll avoid that possible check out to Texas and struck up the VMAs rather.

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