Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was the epitome of machismo toughness and anger, talking about how he would bomb and “beat the shit out of ISIS,” would use more extreme torture than water boarding, make Mexico pay for a border wall and make China adjust its currency and be a winner. About ISIS, he said, “I think we’re weak. Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. I will find the right guy to make the military really work. Nobody will push us around.” He added in a Tweet, “I alone can solve this problem.” He repeatedly advocates, “We gotta be tough.” He’s fine with being called “an authoritarian.”
We’ve become weak, he said, “I love the old days — you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” When some white supporters punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester at a rally, Trump said, “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” At another rally he said, “I’d like to punch him in the face” and at another, if his supporters saw anybody with a tomato, “Knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. OK? Just knock the hell [out of them]. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees.” “We’ve gotta fight back,” he said about unruly protesters, and threatened to send his supporters to disrupt Bernie Sander’s speeches, charging that Sanders was the instigator of the protests at Trump events.
As the protective father told Idaho potato growers, “As President, I will protect your market.” He told Michigan workers before their primary in February, “If you get laid off, I still want your vote. I’ll get you a new job; don’t worry about it.” In his messianic acceptance speech at the Republican convention in July 2016 he told voters, “I alone can fix it,” referring to the dystopian picture he painted to a violent US overrun by illegal immigrants and Muslim terrorists. To low-wage workers, he said, “I am your voice” and that since no one understands the economic system better than he does, he is the only one to fix it. He tells supporters he loves them and there are good people and bad people, and he’s the greatest at everything he mentions—the presidency, the military, building walls, making money. He doesn’t feel the need to research policies just make pronouncements about how great he is, commenting on climate change that weather changes and goes up and down and he thinks that “it’s very low on the list” of world problems.[i] His approach to voters is compared to techniques used by fascists like Mussolini, who Trump quoted in a tweet.[ii]
Sexist dad called Fox News reporter and lawyer Megyn Kelly a lightweight bimbo (she is trained as a lawyer) and implied her tough questions were due to menstruation. Saying he is against “political correctness,” he allowed black women to be pushed and roughed up during his rallies. He criticized Fox News women employees who spoke up about sexual harassment by Roger Ailes, stating that they should be more grateful to their former boss who “helped” them so much in their careers.
He told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees, implying a sexual act. He judges women by their appearance, as when he told Esquire Magazine, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” [iii] He called Rose O’Donnell a fat pig and condemned presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” About sexual assaults in the military he tweeted, “What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” He even entered into a debate about the size of his hands and by implication genitals in a debate with Senator Marco Rubio. In March 2016 he said that women should be punished for having an abortion, then changed his mind a few hours later saying doctors who perform abortions should be punished rather than women. When he was asked in August 2016 about women cabinet members the only one he could think of would be his daughter Ivanka, who he said he would date if she wasn’t his daughter.
[i] Philip Lewis, “Donald Trump on Climate Change,” Huffpost, September 22, 2015.
[ii] Robert Reich, “The American Fascist,” Nation of Change, March 9, 2016.
[iii] Alan Rappeport, “Donald Trump’s Trail of Comments About Women,” New York Times, March 25, 2016.