“Bro, do you even lift?” is a popular internet meme, a spoof on hyper-masculinity and the intellectual stupor it so often engenders.
We now have the political equivalent of the “Bro, do you even lift?” meme.
At New York City’s lavish Yale Club, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry—in what was no doubt an attempt to, erm, wrestle media coverage away from the ever-controversial far-right TV celebrity billionaire—challenged Donald Trump to a pull-up contest.
“Let’s get a pull-up bar out here and see who can do more pull-ups,” Perry said, in a quintessential old boy moment inside of a literal old boys’ club.
Perry, who did not win the GOP’s nomination in the 2012 presidential election, has revamped his campaign with a new strategy: Wearing glasses. With rims on them—to look extra smart.
His proposed pull-up contest is doubtless an attempt to appeal to the Dudebro Vote, who may otherwise be alienated by his decision to sport spectacles.
Trump’s tried-and-true strategy, on the other hand, is that of a typical far-right populist demagogue: Insult your opponents; accuse refugees and perceived outsiders of creating crime and other problems in your country; call for the construction of an enormous, impenetrable wall on your border; also insult anyone you happen to disagree with, accusing them of disloyalty; call for making your country (and its empire) “great again”; and base your foreign policy strictly “on a feel.”
His explicitly anti-intellectual action plan is doubtless an attempt to appeal to the US’ ever-growing Fascist Vote.