I find Trump irritating, but I find all politicians irritating. My ideal politician would be someone like Calvin Coolidge, a deeply introverted man who did not like talking and who avoided publicity. I still have a hard time grasping why people – including many people I know and respect – are drawn to Trump.
According to NYU I would like Trump better if he were a woman. That, at least, is what they discovered when they cast two actors to reenact last year’s presidential debates, but switched the male and female roles. When the actors preformed in front of a crowd of Clinton voters, it was like scales falling from their eyes:
We heard a lot of “now I understand how this happened”—meaning how Trump won the election. People got upset. There was a guy two rows in front of me who was literally holding his head in his hands, and the person with him was rubbing his back. The simplicity of Trump’s message became easier for people to hear when it was coming from a woman—that was a theme. One person said, “I’m just so struck by how precise Trump’s technique is.” Another—a musical theater composer, actually—said that Trump created “hummable lyrics,” while Clinton talked a lot, and everything she was true and factual, but there was no “hook” to it. Another theme was about not liking either candidate—you know, “I wouldn’t vote for either one.” Someone said that Jonathan Gordon [the male Hillary Clinton] was “really punchable” because of all the smiling. And a lot of people were just very surprised by the way it upended their expectations about what they thought they would feel or experience. There was someone who described Brenda King [the female Donald Trump] as his Jewish aunt who would take care of him, even though he might not like his aunt. Someone else described her as the middle school principal who you don’t like, but you know is doing good things for you.