Donald Trump’s appeal is baffling to political scientists and other analysts, because he’s flat-out offensive, a trait that would have long since sunk every other candidate on both sides of the aisle. Some have spent a lot of time trying to figure out just how he does it, while others just engage in their own speculation. Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros speculated that Trump maintains his appeal because he makes men feel like men.
Trump made a really offensive remark about Hillary Clinton, reminding people at a rally that she was in the lead in 2008 until she “got schlonged” by Barack Obama. He claims this kind of talk, along with calling Mexicans murderers and rapists and calling for a ban on allowing Muslims into the U.S., is straight talk.
Fox Business host Stuart Varney appeared with Tantaros, and asked how damaging that kind of a comment would be to his campaign. Tantaros had something scary to say:
The left has tried to culturally feminize this country in a way that is disgusting. And you see blue collar voters — men — this is like their last vestige, their last hope is Donald Trump to get their masculinity back.
When Varney asked if she really wants someone in the Oval Office who will say something like that on live television, Tantaros replied:
I think this is a different game. I think people are sick and tired — men are sick and tired of being feminized, people are sick and tired of having to apologize, they’re sick and tired of hurt feelings, they’re tired of it all and the political correctness is not going to win.
In other words, she thinks it’s perfectly okay to be offensive, because being offensive is manly. Refusing to be politically correct is just an excuse to perpetuate harmful tropes and stereotypes, not to mention things like racism and sexism. It’s not political correctness that’s destroying the country, however. It’s the cancer that is white male masculinity, or machismo, that is destroying the country.
Trump speaks to that and makes those people feel comfortable. Tantaros seems to buy into the idea that men just need to be men, and all of the pansy liberal stuff, like combating racism and sexism, is really just feminizing masculine men. Watch the video below (and prepare to be sick):[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOmeVXWKO4Q?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
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