Every great mystery inevitably breeds a swarm of conspiracy theories, and the question of Donald Trump’s true height is no exception. The confusion seemed to start when a medical report released by White House doctor Ronny Jackson declared Trump to be the picture of health and a dashing 6 feet, 3 inches. But eagle-eyed internet sleuths were quick to point out that Trump’s driving license listed him as only 6 feet, 2 inches (as per The Guardian).
Rejecting the possibility that perhaps the power of the presidency made him grow an inch, social media users started digging up pictures of Trump posing next to celebrities of similar alleged height. “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn tweeted a picture of Trump next to confirmed 6 feet, 3 incher Alex Rodriguez, in which the latter looks considerably taller. In a photo of Trump with predecessor Barack Obama, who is 6 feet, 1 inch, the two appear to be the same height.
Unlike most internet conspiracies, the hilariously dubbed “Girther” movement does seem to have some actual evidence supporting their claims. But why would Trump, or anyone, lie about their height? Read on to find out.