DUDE: Rand Paul mocks dress code, shows up to the Capitol in a housecoat and barefoot! [UPDATE: FAKE?]

Jeff Charles posted a photo of Rand Paul tonight mocking the new Senate dress code. He posed for a photo on the Capitol steps in a red housecoat and t-shirt while barefoot.

It’s an amazing photo and I hoping that it doesn’t turn out to be fake. But I’ve checked with some third-party sources and they say it’s real:

I can’t find this on Twitter an earlier than when Charles posted it, so I’m assuming that Rand Paul sent it to him.

Either way, it’s hilarious and I’d love to see Rand Paul on the Senate floor like this to bring home the point that the new slob dress code is absurd.

UPDATE: I seeing a bunch of reports that this is an AI fake. Paul didn’t say this, but he did make a joke about it which suggests it is not true:

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