Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan says President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is “inexperienced, crude, an outsider” but that he is “weak and sniveling” and “undermines himself almost daily by ignoring” traditional norms of American masculinity.
“He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic,” Noonan wrote in her column Thursday.
“He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world respect by presenting herself with dignity.”
Noonan, a conservative who has been critical of Trump in the past, said half the president’s tweets show “utter weakness” and cast his attacks on news organizations and members of his own party as “whimpering accusation and finger-pointing.”
She said Trump’s “public brutalizing of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE isn’t strong, cool and deadly” but “limp, lame and blubbery.”
Trump in recent days has targeted Sessions over his recusal from the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He told The New York Times he would have picked someone else for the job if he knew that was going to happen, and on Monday he called the former Alabama senator "beleaguered."
On Tuesday morning, Trump criticized Sessions again, saying the attorney general has taken a "VERY weak position on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE crimes."
“Talk about projection,” Noonan added.
Noonan said the way American men used to like seeing themselves was the “strong silent type celebrated in mid-20th century films” but that the new style “was more like that of Woody Allen.”
“His characters couldn’t stop talking about their emotions, their resentments and needs,” she continued. “They were self-justifying as they acted out their cowardice and anger. But he was a comic. It was funny. He wasn’t putting it out as a new template for maleness. Donald Trump now is like an unfunny Woody Allen.”