“Half his tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn,” Peggy Noonan wrote in Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal in an article entitled “Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor.”
This was written before the Trump Obamacare repeal fail and subsequent White House whines and tantrums.
It gets worse. The President’s primary problem as a leader isn’t that he is brash and stupid, “It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.”
“He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife.”
Precisely because of the conservative view of women, which is none too attractive and involves using being feminine as a negative, this is damning criticism. For conservatives, Trump was supposed to be the BMOC, the Decider, Big Daddy in the White House, Clint Eastwood cleaning up crime with the heart of a vigilante. Instead, he is a whining little drama prince throwing tantrums on an hourly basis, in public, because someone won’t give him the candy he wants right now.
Conservatives elected this man; this is the end game of the values into which they have warped their party. Gone are the deep thinking intellectuals, the generous and caring patriarchs, the fiscally responsible adults… gone.
This is what they have become: Everything they loathe.
Everything Republicans assure themselves they are not, Trump is. He is entitled, spoiled, lazy, whining, immature, nasty, vulgar, obscene, and ignorant.
Republicans have been calling black people thugs for so long, they don’t realize they are the thugs. Coming on the heels of an indisputably great man and honorable president who just so happened to be black, the Trump presidency is throwing cruel, unforgiving light on the false notion of white supremacy to which many Trump voters cling.
Trump is basically not a man to conservative Peggy Noonan. She is no Trump fan to begin with, but certainly she understands the appeal of the hyper masculine altar at which conservatives worship.
The idea that This Man will save you, knows all, is wiser than you, these fairy tales have deep appeal. Trump has unmasked the fairy tale; he is the little oz behind the curtain.
There is no all-knowing man who will save us. There is only Trump, sniveling and whining his way into failure, dragging us all down with him.
Conservatives can forgive Trump his vulgarity, his lack of values, his laziness, his stupidity, his cruelty, even his traitorous tendencies. But they will not forgive him for ruining their dreams of masculine superiority.
If or when more conservatives start to see Trump this way, as a whining loser, he will lose the last leg of support he has.
On this failure Friday, Trump has been humiliated by being unable to bring yet another huge campaign promise to fruition. Will he compound it by vetoing Congress’ tough Russian sanctions, thereby possibly forcing them to override him in yet another humiliating defeat, which he would no doubt respond to by showing yet again that he doesn’t understand even the most basic parts of his job.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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