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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tom Nichols: Since his first day as a presidential candidate, I have been baffled by one mystery in particular: 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? As the writer Windsor Mann has noted, 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."

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Trump may be a gay in denial. Nothing wrong with being gay, it is the denial that is toxic and corrupting.

He seems to pretend to be the man his father wanted, dresses the part, but is a total bottom for authoritarian leaders.

His dislike of women may be due to a harsh mother that stunted his ability to find love. Instead he rents women to impress other men. SAD!

#1 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-25 06:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I suppose losing all his dad's millions could also have created a deep sense of self loathing, which makes him super sensitive and easily triggered by any perceived criticism.

He has the thinnest skin of anyone I have heard of.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-25 07:00 PM | Reply

This is an easy one... what overcomes all his pussification to rwingers is his brash bluster, bellowing at everyone like he's getting something done.

Of course, they are easily impressed.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-25 08:26 PM | Reply

#3 So the MAGAts see an illiterate blowhard with lots of money and fame and they think being an illiterate blowhard is a winning formula?
They miss the part where he got given hundreds of millions and lost most of it, all if not for the money laundering.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-25 08:30 PM | Reply

All those memes and merch with Trump as a shirtless, buff Rambo type really make me laugh. I guess it's like the religious thing, early on they decided to just let Trump be whoever they wanted to pretend he is.
You can't fight fantasy.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-25 08:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Wow, good article. Thanks for posting it.

"Donald Trump is unmanly because he has never chosen to become a man."

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-25 09:06 PM | Reply

"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?"

Easy.

What could be more masculine than grabbing them by the -----?

See Also: Rape Culture.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-25 11:16 PM | Reply

#6 I think the author is a member of the Lincoln project. He is a republican. One of the few with decency and honor.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-25 11:21 PM | Reply

#5 It seems like projection. They project their ideal on Trump. Rich, famous, free to say out loud what they are thinking.
They would happily sell their soul to the devil to trade places with him.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-26 01:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think what you all are saying is that Trump is so psychologically damaged (by whomever or whatever) that his brain is just one big jumbled up mess of insecurities, coupled with the narcissistic need to convince himself that he's the greatest thing since sliced bread and he has enough money to prove it.

I'm quite sure Trump doesn't understand why he has to pay people to agree with him . . .or pay a woman to marry him . . . or why he doesn't command respect. He just takes it anyway he can get it because, in the end, once the soul has been lost, all that's left is that phony image and a thinly veiled mirage of a man who is too cowardly to face his real self ~~ a loser!

And a 6'2" man with a Napoleon Complex.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-26 02:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why do you think he's bent on destroying American democracy and taking "Dictator" lessons from his BFF's which he'll eventually stab in the back if they don't get him first.

There's not enough power in the world to fill the empty vessel that is Trump.

I don't know what's in it for Mitch and the gang. Maybe Trump will let them kiss his robe.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-26 03:20 AM | Reply

Someone who's self-assured doesn't have to try to prove their alpha maleness day after day.

Trump's a textbook example of an egomaniac with an inferiority complex.

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-26 03:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's deeply ingrained, whatever it is.

"Dictator" Trump will let it all hang out.

P.S. I bought the DVD series you recommended. Tomorrow is delivery day. Thanks for the heads up.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-26 04:08 AM | Reply

P.S. I bought the DVD series you recommended. Tomorrow is delivery day. Thanks for the heads up.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac

YW. Everyone should see 'The Looming Tower.' 9/11 was preventable.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-26 04:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump an effete prancer who smells of lilac and grooms himself and diets fastidiously? Not. He's an oaf who blames others for his flatulence, wears badly-tailored suits and wears cheap shoes.

Trump could wear incontinence undergarments and his followers would proudly do the same, declaring that loose bowels and a weak bladder are signs of freedom and disruption of 'the system'...

#15 | Posted by catdog at 2020-05-26 09:43 AM | Reply

he talks smack like a whiny wwe villain..

they love that.

#16 | Posted by klifferd at 2020-05-26 09:46 AM | Reply

Beg to disagree with this thread. Trump is not a -----. Trump is not weak. He is quite masculine. Pretending these are our objections to him is idiotic. Trump is dangerous, he is buddies with our enemies. He is a real danger to our nation but it isn't because of his hair style. Focus on his hair or his style all you want but he still commands a large group of Americans because of what he says. He tells them it isn't their fault they are poor, it is the fault of immigrants or blacks or gays or whatever. He gives lower middle class white men an excuse for their poverty and makes them believe that if we just demonize immigrants or any other minority he will raise them up but he doesn't even want to raise them up. He just wants to use those people, he will never do anything to help those people, he doesn't give a crap about those people. Trump was born to wealth and has no idea what it is to be poor but he knows how to make poor people hate each other. That is what he does and he is good at it.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-26 09:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Going back to the early '80s, there has always been something quite effeminate about Donald Trump. I do not know if he is gay. I do suspect he has always been bi-sexual. Pink marble waterfall at Trump Tower? The way he used to dress before going into the White House and having personal appearance advisors change his standard wardrobe from all the lavender and pink ties?

#18 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-05-26 01:52 PM | Reply

I love the Trump cult fan art which make The Don look like some muscle-bound god or superhero. Because if they drew him based on what he actually looked like, well, he just looks like Donald Trump.

#19 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-05-26 02:02 PM | Reply

#17 Danni, I think Trump is a bottom pretending to be a top. He acts all tough when it is safe, but in the presence of dictators he drops to his knees. He surrounds himself with turd polishers to play to his damaged ego. No normal leader would tolerate the blatant butt kissing he demands from all those around him.

His masculine image is as fake as his financial success. He is the world's biggest poser. He is also a sociopath, but greed and cruelty are not masculine to anyone that isn't a brat.

#20 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-26 02:04 PM | Reply

Is it significant that tweety wears a bra? Those moobs get in the way.

#21 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-05-26 02:25 PM | Reply

#18 Pink ties make you gay?

#22 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-26 02:38 PM | Reply

#18 Pink ties make you gay?

#22 | POSTED BY JOE

Never said that. Don't invent a divisive straw-man to score cheap points. In our society certain styles are associated with being effeminate generally speaking. You don't have like it Joe, but is the societal association for many, many people.) Wearing a pink tie on occasion does not indicate anything whatsoever. In combination with other behavioral choices, regularly wearing pastel colors in our society may be part of an effeminate image. It is societal perception. It is not a situation of being "made" gay by wearing pink ties or anything remotely like that. It is a perception thing. Again, you don't have to like it.

#23 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-05-26 02:51 PM | Reply

A lot of heteronormative bullying and gatekeeping on this thread. And not from the usual suspects. Sad.

#24 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-05-26 02:56 PM | Reply

In our society certain styles are associated with being effeminate generally speaking.

And it's on you to perpetuate that, down to the outright petty (wearing pink ties)?

I never said i didn't like it; that's just an attack from you. I can think of a lot of unmanly things about Trump but wearing a pink tie isn't one of them.

#25 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-26 02:59 PM | Reply

Real men don't rape 12 year-old girls.

#26 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-05-26 03:28 PM | Reply

So by Joe's logic, my simply repeating a societal perception held by many people is me perpetuating it. Ok. So you want me to lie and pretend it does not exist even though it is relevant within the context of the subject of this thread. Can you be any more dishonest? And, if you have not had enough life experience to realize it yet, the vast majority of prejudice and bias manifests itself in outright petty ways. Again, you whining about it and acting as if you are being "attacked" does not make it so. Grow up.

#27 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-05-26 03:50 PM | Reply

#26 | Posted by getoffmedz, Like Mohammad? Strange but where are those accusers now? Did anyone vet their accusations? Are any heading to a district attorney to press charges. You might want to believe it, but that does not make it so. Why rape when you have the cash to buy it. Pay enough and they will let you get rough, ask Stormy.

#28 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-26 04:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Why rape when you have the cash to buy it.

#28 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-26 04:47 PM | Reply |

Would you sincerely want to know?

#29 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-26 05:02 PM | Reply

Why steal money from poor contractors and poorer students when you are already rich?

#30 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-26 05:03 PM | Reply

#26 | Posted by getoffmedz, Like Mohammad? Strange but where are those accusers now? Did anyone vet their accusations? Are any heading to a district attorney to press charges. You might want to believe it, but that does not make it so. Why rape when you have the cash to buy it. Pay enough and they will let you get rough, ask Stormy.

#28 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

He paid to be alone with that twelve year old girl who did not want to have sex with him so he raped her.
Do you get it now?

#31 | Posted by tknees at 2020-05-26 05:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why rape when you have the cash to buy it.
#28 | POSTED BYDOCNJO

Don't be a moron.
You know why.

"Pay enough and they will let you get rough, ask Stormy."

Pathetic.
Not everyone is for sale like you are.
Not everyone will disable themselves 80% for money like you did.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-26 05:28 PM | Reply

#27 There are many ways to address societal perceptions. One is to say "like it or not, that's just the way it is." Another is to question why that perception exists, or perhaps even challenge it for being illogical. Perhaps you're just too old to challenge anything (since we're being ageist).

#33 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-26 05:37 PM | Reply

#31 | Posted by tknees EVIDENCE? Crickets.

#34 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-26 05:37 PM | Reply

#32 | Posted by snoofy If I was after money, I would have become a "community organizer".

#35 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-26 05:39 PM | Reply

Why rape when you have the cash to buy it.

The thrill? The feeling of power and control? The desire to hurt others? The opportunity? The fact having sex with underage girls is illegal?

I mean. There are plenty of possible reason why Donnie raped an underaged girl.

You should ask him.

#36 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-05-26 05:57 PM | Reply

If I was after money, I would have become a "community organizer".
#35 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

No, Docnjo.

You want to real money, I'm talking $30,000 a year, you should have been a meat processor in Amarillo.

Not in Iraq.

#37 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-26 07:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#28 Haven't you heard. Trump doesn't pay for anything unless he loses in court.

Apparently he is a disappointment with the ladies, likely because of his selfish nature and smol hands.
Another reason donnie is so desperate to look like a winner, because in private he has always been a loser.

#38 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-26 07:35 PM | Reply

LOL, if Trump is 6'2" I'm a billionaire, just checked my bank account I'm not a Billionaire.
I doubt he is even 6 foot.

#39 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-05-26 09:15 PM | Reply

I doubt he is even 6 foot.

It's hard to judge scale when he's the same height lying down.

#40 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-26 09:23 PM | Reply

#39 Trump has bribed doctors to lie about his health since his dad bribed a podiatrist to say donnie had bone spurs so he could illegally avoid the Vietnam draft.

Very cowardly and very uncool.

#41 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-26 10:01 PM | Reply

#34 - Here's a cricket. Look it up.
Case 1:16-cv-07673-RA Document 4 Filed 10/03/16
THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
DONALD J. TRUMP and ) JEFFREY E. EPSTEIN, ) ) Defendants. )
COMPLAINT FOR RAPE, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACTS, SEXUAL ABUSE, FORCIBLE TOUCHING, ASSAULT, BATTERY, INTENTIONAL AND RECKLESS INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, DURESS, FALSE IMPRISONMENT, AND DEFAMATION
- but probably won't go too far since one of the named defendents ended up DEAD in an around-the-clock guarded jail cell. MAGA

#42 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-05-27 01:32 AM | Reply

...must be the small hands...(snicker)

#43 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-05-27 09:02 AM | Reply

Trump has big fake hair, comes from New York, wears a disturbing amount of makeup, and acts like a parody of a woman.

Trump is a drag queen.

#44 | Posted by Tor at 2020-05-28 12:17 PM | Reply

I doubt he (Trump) is even 6 foot.

#39 | Posted by aborted_monson

He's not.

#45 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-28 12:26 PM | Reply

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