The toxic masculinity of conservatives is having a corrosive effect not just on politics, but on society at large. How can we convince our children they shouldn`t curse when they see Trump uttering profanities with abandon?
Republicans regard Donald Trump as the epitome of masculinity, they believe his bellicose rhetoric has earned the respect of our allies and enemies, and they point to North Korea as exhibit number one. They argue that Kim Jong-un would never have agreed to a peace summit if their Masculine Messiah hadn`t intimidated him into acquiescence by calling him “Little Rocket Man” and “sick puppy.”
The fact is that Jong-un didn`t agree to peace talks because of Trump`s macho words or tough sanctions, he intuited that Trump has built up expectations so high that even if the Singapore summit produced nothing but vague promises and flowery rhetoric, the president had painted himself into a corner and would pronounce the summit a bigly victory.
Indeed that`s exactly what happened, Trump is just the latest American president rolled by the North Korean dynasty. North Korea is upgrading a major nuclear research facility despite Trump`s claim that Jong Un has vowed to disarm, according to new satellite images. To add insult to injury right after Mike Pompeo has described the latest round of talks as “productive and in good faith,” the North Koreans accused the Americans of acting like gangsters.
Trump`s manly demeanor and coarse language has resulted in the coarsening of public discourse, and it`s made America the laughingstock of the world.
Masculinity doesn`t mean that you curse like a sailor and act like a bully, it means that you disarm your enemy with facts and eloquence, and you treat everyone with respect.
Donald Trump isn`t a macho man, he`s a petulant toddler, and on the same day we impeach and remove him from office he will become an irrelevant and cranky loser.
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