Donald Trump Junior has a seething hatred for what he supposedly think is “the left” — so much so that over the weekend he said, “liberalism is a disease.” In his latest Instagram post, Trump Junior posted a holiday-themed meme showing a Christmas tree with a miniature Donald Trump decoration. In his caption, Trump’s son wrote: “Couldn’t decide between an angel or a star, so I picked both.” In place of a star, the meme shows a Trump figurine on top of the tree.
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In it, he also made clear he’s trying to “own the libs,” as conservatives like to say. He hashtagged it with the word “#triggered.” While the picture was able to garner more than 80,000 likes, the post attracted a litany of takedowns and pointed commentary. Here are some of them:
- “Your obsession with your daddy is creepy AF!”
- “Clocks ticking DJTJ!! Prison time is about to start”
- “THIS is the only war on Christmas I’ve seen. #desperate.”
- “Couldn’t decide between collusion and conspiracy. So Mueller picked both.”
The men in the Trump family have a unique ability to excrete greasy machismo. However, recent research suggests that Trump is not necessarily attracting the supporters who are confidently masculine as the president presents himself to be. Trump appears to appeal more to men who are secretly insecure about their manhood, according to the Washington Post and Mother Jones.
The two publications hint at fragile masculinity, where men feel pressure to look and behave in stereotypically masculine ways or risk losing their status as to what they think is a “real man.” This strict and unforgiving standard of maleness makes some men worry that they are falling short. This is a universal phenomenon regardless of political affiliation — but Trump has had the unique ability to take advantage of these insecurities and galvanize his base of men who may be insecure.
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