Masks and Masculinity: Trump’s Strong Man Performance

President Donald Trump’s refusal to wear a mask in public serves as a form of masculinity performance that characterizes Trump as a strong man—tougher than the COVID-19 virus, and unable to be controlled by establishment forces telling him what to do. While angered that staff at the White House were not doing enough to protect him, after his own valet tested positive, Trump has been dismissive of wearing a mask himself. At a tour of…