This morning, Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) met with President Trump in a highly uncomfortable Oval Office meeting that was filmed by the press.
The president had hoped to use the footage to attack his rivals and play hardball with the looming budget negotiations but instead ended up shooting himself in the foot with a key miscalculation. He threatened to shut down the government in order to force Democrats to give him the $5 billion he wants to build his enormously expensive and ineffective border wall even though he knows he doesn’t have the votes for it — but Nancy and Chuck turned it back on him and made it clear to the entire nation that any shutdown would be Trump and the Republicans’ fault.
Afterward, Pelosi roasted the president and his obsession with his “big beautiful wall,” calling it out for what it really is — an overcompensation to cover up the insecurity he feels about his manhood — to the members of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
.@NancyPelosi returned from the WH meeting with the president today and went STRAIGHT for the most sensitive part of Trump’s ego: his masculinity.
“It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him,” she told her colleagues just now.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 11, 2018
Trump is notorious for his obsession with both primitive, toxic conceptions of masculinity and with, uh, “largeness.”
You can see it in everything he does, like the compulsive womanizing and hypersexuality, his fixation on large buildings and making sure his name is on it, his derision for displays of emotion, the envy he shows other leaders for displays he perceives as strength, his inability to let any slight, no matter how petty go…the list goes on and on.
His fixation on the wall is not just a xenophobic chess piece that he can use to rile up his racist supporters but more importantly, a permanent monument to Donald Trump and his ability to make his demands become reality, no matter how extravagant or absurd they might be.
The combination of an enormously inflated ego with all-consuming insecurity is volatile indeed, and for a powerful woman like Nancy Pelosi to publicly hit him where it hurts the most like this is sure to send him into a paroxysm of rage.
But when it comes down to it, she’s absolutely right. There’s nothing “manly” about Trump’s petty cruelty towards anyone who opposes him, even his own family.
There’s nothing “manly” about his inability to feel empathy for anyone else, about the vitriol he shows to women, his cowardice in the face of adversity, or his refusal to take responsibility for anything he says or does.
He’s not a man, he’s a spoiled child who doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the Oval Office.