‘An obvious coward’: Trump is ‘least masculine’ President argues conservative military expert. Twitter agrees.

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Donald Trump may be the least manly president in modern history according to a conservative professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Trump has managed to gain support while acting like a selfish, petulant, cowardly and dishonorable bully. Stereotypical masculinity is not an identity to which all men adhere, or should even necessarily aspire to, but Trump has an uncanny following among men who do embrace a traditional “man’s man” ideal.

“Is Trump a man your father and grandfather would have respected?”

In his piece in the Atlantic, Tom Nichols dissects the qualities of “the self-identified class of hard-working men, the stand-up guys, among whom I was raised,” such as “courage, honesty, respect, an economy of words, a bit of modesty, and a willingness to take responsibility.”

As he lays bare these heroic virtues, he asks why “Trump’s working-class white male voters refuse to hold Trump to their own standards of masculinity,” and support, “a vain, cowardly, lying, vulgar, jabbering blowhard.”

Twitter has a lot of thoughts on this viral post:

‘Is Trump Honorable?’

On a day where we honor those who have given their lives to protect the ideals of the United States, what is Donald Trump up to?

It seems Tom Nichols may be just the man some are looking for.

Honorable? Trump’s not even polite!

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Certainly, it would be manly to show a little courtesy…

‘Is Trump Courageous?’

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In meeting with state governors shortly after the Parkland, Florida, massacre, Donald Trump said, “I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon.” When given the opportunity to charge into war, however, he took a hard pass.

It’s not that Trump is the least manly president that matters, it’s why this doesn’t matter to his supporters.

‘Does Trump respect women?’

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Isn’t chivalry supposed to be part of being manly? The New York Times notes that Trump spent the weekend retweeting John Stahl, whose racist and sexist tweets attacked Nancy Pelosi and Stacey Abrams, among others.

Trump sure doesn’t seem comfortable with women asking questions

He has proven time and time again that he is uncomfortable with strong women asking direct questions.

Maybe being manly never was that important

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Maybe masculinity is not as important as some of Trump’s darker characteristics.

Being the least manly president may not be as important as being lesser in other ways.

Seriously, Obama again?

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In response, some Trump supporters have created a collage of some of Barack Obama’s less macho moments. (Which is not exactly refuting the point.)

Michelle Obama seems okay with it even if Barack were the least manly president.

Tom Nichols suggests Trump has never grown up

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And he doesn’t seem to require his own son to grow up either.

Mass hysteria

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Maybe this is just a form of mass hysteria.

Or those who have lost their way.

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