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Trumplicans: Stop Serving Us Your Irresponsible Toxic Butch Realness

Written by on October 15, 2020

Story by Chuck Tackett

Trumplicans: Stop Serving Us Your Irresponsible Toxic Butch Realness

“He hosted a super-spreader event to honor a justice who would have the government control your body but refuses the duty to care for it, and when the virus he helped go around came around, he availed of the healthcare he would deny others, from the taxes he refuses to pay”

Anand Giridharadas, MSNBC political analyst

Some of you who follow my weekly blog “Chuck’s Chat” realize I am a huge fan of MSNBC news anchor, Joy Reid. It was on several of her former weekend shows she hosted that I became familiar with Anand Giridharadas. Recently Anand appeared as a guest on another MSNBC show “The Last Word with Lawrence O’ Donnell.” He was being interviewed regarding one of his latest written pieces in Ink Publication. The story was called “The Illness He Is.” Lawrence was discussing with Anand on what inspired him to write the article.

Anand expounded, “Part of why this is happening, part of why we’re having, you know these half comics, half absolutely terrifying Mussoliniesque scenes on the balcony of the White House is it benefits Donald Trump for us to be living in the eternal present every day.

“I was just reflecting, trying to make sense out of it for myself. Just over last week to 10 days, if you look through what we have lived through in those 10 days, it started with the peaceful transfer of power remember that? We might not have a free and fair election. (alarm bell) (alarm bell)

“Then quickly it was the tax story. Then it was the debate story and the bullying. Then we forgot about the other two prior things. Then the President got COVID.

“So, I started thinking about these 4 events, and suddenly, I just had this epiphany, like this is all the same story; the same story of a masquerade of strength.

“This is a story of a President, who knows he’s losing, in terms of an election, and therefore not trying to become a strong man, because he is a strong man because he knows he is on his way out. He needs to cling unlawfully.

“On the taxes, the New York Times reporting, I was wrong in my initial reaction to that story. I felt it was about rigging the system and sure it is, about plutocratic maneuvering. But the New York Times people broke that story on their daily podcast. This not actually quite about that. This is about the fact that the guy actually makes no money. He’s not paying taxes because he is a brilliant con artist. He does a little bit of this, a little bit of that, he actually doesn’t make a profit. He’s not a businessman. He has converted into this masquerade of strength as a businessman.

The debates: anyone who has been bullied, and I count myself among those millions of Americans, know that the strength you experienced when you’ve been thrown into the locker,

talked over in a meeting, or roughed up by the police is actually someone’s terror of weakness inverted again, performed as strength.

“Finally, with the President getting this disease, he has this disease, because he is more afraid of not being seen as a man dying. He is certainly not afraid of killing you, me, and 210,000 other Americans; to neglect and manslaughter via policy. I don’t think he is afraid of killing himself if the price would be to avoid the humiliation of wearing a mask and submitting to common sense and care for others.

“It just became a moment for me, thinking about America’s culture crisis; a kind of weakness masquerading as strength.

“It was the moment, Robert O’ Neill, the former Navy Seal, who claims to have shot the bullet that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, not long ago tweeted a photo of himself on an airplane not wearing a mask within the background an older guy perhaps, a veteran with the Marine Corps, who was properly wearing a mask on this Delta flight. Robert O’ Neill, using this vulgarity, essentially saying, ‘I am not a wuss’. That is not the exact word, but let’s say that was what he was going for.

“Then I again had this moment of thinking like a man, ‘Wow. What is wrong with my culture of masculinity in this country, where even Robert O’Neill after shooting and killing Osama Bin Laden does not feel enough of an ass to not take that photo and brag about risking everybody’s life around him?’

“Donald Trump is the head of a snake that our whole system, our whole culture needs a reckoning.”

I encourage you to Google, “The Illness He Is,” by Anand Giridharadas when you have some free time. It is a very good read.

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