But it should not come as a surprise. The idea of a hyper-masculine president is something that right wing media in general and conservatives in particular have promoted for a long time. The conservative, right-wing part of the country seems pretty ok with the idea of a strongman. That's why IMPOTUS appeals to men with fragile masculinity.
Writing in the Washington Post, New York University psychology professor Eric Knowles and NYU psychology doctoral student Sarah DiMuccio claim that many male Trump supporters feel far more insecure in their own masculinity than they’d have you believe — and they are drawn to Trump’s authoritarian rhetoric because it makes them feel more powerful.
“The political process provides a way that fragile men can reaffirm their masculinity,” they write. “By supporting tough politicians and policies, men can reassure others (and themselves) of their own manliness.”
That is why when I saw that tweet I was not surprised. After all, this comes from fans of the man who 'dances' to Macho Man in his super spreader events. Authoritarian white masculinity is the brand that both Hair Furor and the Devil's Butler have cultivated to attract their followers, and it's something their followers find perfectly ok. They are perfectly ok having a president who wants to project a 'tough' image. A president whose own father had to get out of trouble several times. A president whose father despised cordially. A president who treats his male children with barely disguised contempt and his female children with the affection reserved for beautiful objects. That's the kind of man conservatives find to be 'strong'.
Authoritarian white masculinity is a version of patriarchal authority that has asserted itself in U.S. politics in conjunction with the rise of Donald Trump. It assumes that heterosexual white men are best suited to leadership and casts political leadership by women and people of color as inauthentic — for example, the "birther movement" — or threatening — for example, "lock her up."KARRINANDERSON