Tom Nichols writes for The Atlantic:
Why do working-class white men—the most reliable component of Donald Trump’s base—support someone who is, by their own standards, the least masculine man ever to hold the modern presidency? The question is not whether Trump fails to meet some archaic or idealized version of masculinity.
The president’s inability to measure up to Marcus Aurelius or Omar Bradley is not the issue. Rather, the question is why so many of Trump’s working-class white male voters refuse to hold Trump to their own standards of masculinity—why they support a man who behaves more like a little boy.
Trump behaves in ways that many working-class men would ridicule: “He wears bronzer, loves gold and gossip, is obsessed with his physical appearance, whines constantly, can’t control his emotions, watches daytime television, enjoys parades and interior decorating, and used to sell perfume.”
Read the full article.
“Why do working-class white men—the most reliable component of Donald Trump’s base—support someone who is, by their own standards, the least masculine man ever to hold the modern presidency?” From @RadioFreeTom: https://t.co/GG0lQLiHJn
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) May 25, 2020
It’s sad that the Most Unmanly President, a 5 time draft dodger who avoided the Armed Forces, was late to pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier this #MemorialDay. He’ll never have as much #honor as a single soul resting in Arlington National Cemetery.
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 25, 2020
There is no bigger or slower-moving target than the weirdness of Donald Trump, but this is great by @RadioFreeTom on the contradiction between the macho paladin Trump’s supporters perceive, and the whining toddler they’re looking at. https://t.co/lssSzXQzHN
— Andrew Mueller (@andrew_mueller) May 25, 2020
“Trump is a hero to a culture in which so many men are already trapped in perpetual adolescence. And especially for men who feel like life might have passed them by,” @RadioFreeTom https://t.co/pnHoYDKwhg
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) May 25, 2020