Writing for The Atlantic, David French concerned himself Wednesday with what he sees as an emerging culture on the “new right” that would use the word “unmasculine” as a criticism. This culture of the right “idolizes a twisted version of ‘toughness’ as the highest ideal and despises a false version of ‘weakness’ as the lowest vice.”

It took five paragraphs for Donald Trump to make an appearance:

Claims of cowardice have particular purchase among Trump’s followers. Coward is a one-word rebuttal that not only attempts to end an argument, but also aims to discredit the person who made it. Who wants to listen to a coward? Who wants to be known as a coward?

What makes the claims of toughness and weakness especially curious and dangerous is the way in which they’re tied to the person of Donald Trump. Although “toughness” has long been a populist virtue—especially in the South—the age of Trump transformed the right’s definitions of strength and courage by reference to the man himself. And what are Trump’s alleged strong, masculine virtues?

We’d excerpt more but it’s five more paragraphs after those two until French loses the word “Trump.”

Excuse us, but wasn’t Joe Biden the one continually saying he’d take Trump out “behind the gym” and set him straight? Chris Matthews was so impressed he presented Biden with a pair of boxing gloves when he was a guest on his show. Biden also told “fat” critics at his tiny campaign rallies that he could do more push-ups than they could.

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