You can learn everything you need to know about Donald Trump and his white male base by the blaring of The Village People’s “Macho Man” at his rallies. It’s the lens through which they view themselves.
Trump himself is a coward who used his father’s wealth and political connections to avoid service in Vietnam. He’s a coward who bullies women, children and disabled people. He’s just a tough-guy wannabe who prefers the company of criminals, strongmen and dictators who, by extension, help shape this tough-guy narrative. The thing he respects most is power, even if it comes unlawfully.
Trump’s male base ignores the truth of his character because his fantasy feeds theirs.
These are white men who are angry at having to share America with people of color. These are white men who are angry at having to share power with people of color. These are men who prefer their women to be subservient. These are men who, in one way or another, have felt increasingly emasculated in a country where their special status as ‘men’ has eroded over the decades. These are men who long for the social and racial culture of the 1950’s.
And Donald Trump feeds these men a veritable Vegas buffet of toxic masculinity on a daily basis. What they hear in his tweets and statements is… ‘You’re big strong tough white guys…and big strong tough white guys don’t take no shit from women, blacks, Hispanics and liberals’.
Trump’s evil genius has been to make these men feel like the men they want to be...not the men they are.
“Macho, macho, man…I gotta be, a macho man….”