Donald Trump Mocked Chuck Schumer's Tears Over Refugees & Showed How Damaging Toxic Masculinity Is

Ad failed to load

Donald Trump's Twitter responses to the uproar over his refugee ban have been disjointed and somewhat nonsensical, but that's no surprise. But perhaps worst among all of them was his claim that Sen. Chuck Schumer's tears during a press conference had caused problems at airports. Sen. Schumer's tears, I'd argue, are actually a lot less problematic than the toxic masculinity that led Trump to make fun of him.

Trump's tweets about the refugee ban are typically blustery and hyperbolic — if you can find them among all of his other rambling about how unfair the media is and how senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are trying to start World War III. Schumer, on the other hand, started with a strong message and hasn't yet left it. He teared up at a press conference in which he called the ban "un-American" on Sunday.

"There are tears running down the Statue of Liberty tonight," Schumer posted the evening that the ban went into effect, along with a picture of Lady Liberty herself. According to his Twitter feed, he then spent the weekend helping refugees in whatever way he could.

Ad failed to load

The President then seemed to take issue with Schumer's emotionality, saying that "big problems at airports were caused by ... the tears of Senator Schumer," among other things. These other things included Delta computer outages, because obviously thousands of people always rush to protest at airports when Delta has a computer outage.

Ad failed to load

"I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears. I'm going to ask him who is his acting coach, because I know him very well. I don't see him as a crier. If he is, he's a different man. There's about a 5 percent chance that it was real, but I think they were fake tears," Trump said in an Oval Office meeting open to the public Monday morning.

Of all of the myriad criticisms of the ban, why did Trump choose to make fun of Sen. Schumer in what he probably thought was a hilariously pithy way? My guess is that he saw it as a weakness. A man who expresses sadness over the plight of other humans probably emasculates himself in Trump's world, where Sen. Schumer's comments are worth making fun of, but talk of grabbing women by the pussy is just locker room banter.

Trump has couched this whole refugee ban in the language of protection, using slogans like "Make America Safe Again" (I won't torture you with his use of all caps there) and saying that the "administration will ALWAYS have your back."

Ad failed to load
ABC News on YouTube

Moving beyond the obvious fact that there are clearly many people whose backs this administration does not have, it's an extremely paternalistic way to approach things. Let the Trump administration decide how you need to be kept safe — and ignore or belittle all attempts to point out the faults with the administration's actions. Emotional appeals like Sen. Schumer's try to focus the president on the true human cost of his actions, which he is apparently unwilling to see. And the fact that an emotional appeal is coming from a man? That's even worse — and so Trump singled it out for ridicule.

It was an altogether terrible thing when Trump's toxic masculinity led to thousands of women in the U.S. feeling traumatized by his election to the presidency. It's sunk to a new level, now that it's led to the signing of an executive order that could amount to a death warrant for thousands of vulnerable men, women, and children from around the world. We can only hope that Sen. Schumer's appeal, and the appeals of those aligned with him, will soon become louder than the president's blustering.

Ad failed to load

Image: CNN

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

11 Tiny Sunglasses That Will Make You Look Even Cooler Than Kylie Jenner

You know what they say — the tinier the sunglasses, the more stylish the outfit. OK, that's not really a saying, but it seems to be the case these days. Basically every celebrity, model, and It person has been spotted sporting tiny sunglasses as part…
By Sara Tan

9 Ways This Royal Wedding Was Way More Modern Than Past Ones

The newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made history with their storybook courtship and wedding. What's more, there are myriad ways the royal wedding 2018 was more modern than previous royal weddings. From deciding…
By Brandi Neal

16 Brand New YA Rom-Coms To Add To Your Summer Reading List

Ah, summer. Post-Memorial Day it's all about being outside in the sunshine, lazy pool days and exciting beach trips, warm weather treats, and — most important of all — tote bags packed to the brim with all of the biggest and best summer reads. Whatev…
By Kerri Jarema

10 Little-Known British Traditions Meghan Markle Will Learn When She Marries Prince Harry

As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy ha…
By Kristin Magaldi

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

9 Mother's Day Gifts For Your Mom That Also Give Back

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and unless you’re the type who’s got gift-giving on lock months in advance — and seriously, who is that person? — you might be scrambling a bit for great Mother's day 2018 gift ideas. And while it’s important to cho…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

These 4 Zodiac Signs Are Going To Have The Best Luck In Love This May

Spring fever is here, but not all signs in the zodiac are dealt the same dose of lovin'. Some signs are going to have a better love lives than the rest of us in May, because that's just the way the cookie crumbles. According to astrologer Linda Furia…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan
)}