Real Time host Bill Maher attributed Donald Trump’s ascent to the top of the Republican Party to a backlash against a perceived decline in masculinity on his show’s blog.
“It feels right, doesn’t it? What we’re experiencing now, not just in America, but around the world, is the revenge of the cavemen,” Maher wrote.
While admitting he had no definitive evidence behind his reasoning, Maher was buoyed by a YouGov study asking male respondents to identify themselves on a 0-6 scale of masculinity. While 65 percent of men older than 65 years of age said they were “completely masculine,” only 30 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 29 gave a similar response.
According to Maher, this age difference helps explain Trump’s popularity.
“Trump voters are overwhelmingly male and older, and think the world has gotten too PC, too ‘gay,’ and they’d like their country to be more ‘manly’ again,” the host said. “That’s where Trump comes in. He’s going to kick everyone’s ass. He’s going to win. He doesn’t care about your feelings. He wants to dominate you. This appeals to a certain cross-section of America.”
The host also gave backhanded credit to the younger respondents’ responses, quipping, “Points for self-awareness, I guess.”