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There's A Very Good Chance That AfD Leader Alexander Gauland Only Owns One Tie

Let's investigate, shall we?

Posted on September 26, 2017, at 9:38 a.m. ET

Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won big on Sunday night, securing third place in the country's parliamentary elections. One of the leading politicians in the AfD is a former journalist and lawyer named Alexander Gauland.

And there's a really good chance that he only owns one tie.

Sept. 26, 2017 — Gauland was part of an AfD press conference on Tuesday. He was there wearing a green tie with yellow dogs on it.

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Sept. 25, 2017 — Another press conference. Same dog tie.

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Sept. 24, 2017 — Election day. Dog tie.

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Sept. 21, 2017 — Gauland appears in a live TV debate. Wears his dog tie.


Sept. 18, 2017 — Gauland shows up to an event to speak about immigration. Wears his dog tie.

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Sept. 6, 2017 — Gauland is in Pforzheim, Germany. You might say, "I don't see a dog tie!" Well...

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...Gauland went inside during his stop in Pforzheim and took his sweater off to reveal that he was actually wearing his dog tie all along!

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Sept. 4, 2017 — Gauland plans to present the AfD's plans for environmental regulation. Dog tie.

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Aug. 29, 2017 — Dog tie.

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May 15, 2017 — Dog tie.

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April 23, 2017 — OK, so, he is NOT wearing the dog tie here. But he's not wearing a tie at all. Still doesn't prove he owns another tie. Moving on.

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Feb. 12, 2017 — Gauland casts his vote for president. Wears dog tie.

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Sept. 4, 2016 — Gauland kind of drops off the radar for a bit towards the end of 2016, but here he's watching the result of the German state elections. Dog tie is there too.

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April 30, 2016 — OK, I bet you're thinking there's no dog tie here, right?

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March 14, 2016 — Dog tie.

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March 11, 2016 — No tie. Hmmm.

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Sept. 1, 2015 — Dog tie!

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Aug. 19, 2015 — No tie!

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July 10, 2015 — Dog tie!

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July 4, 2015 — Dog tie.

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Jan. 18, 2015 — WHOA WHOA WHOA. Guys, this is huge. As far as we can tell, Gauland did at some point own a second tie towards the end of 2014.

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Sept. 15, 2014 — Different tie.

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Sept. 1, 2014 — It seems as though in the autumn of 2014, Gauland was experimenting with some kind of blue and red stripey number.

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May 14, 2014 — Stripey tie.

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April 9, 2014 — But, don't worry, the dog tie appears again around April 2014. After that the Getty archive gets pretty sketchy.

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In summation: