Last month CNN’s Brian Stelter reported to the world, or at least to the Twitterverse, that he had “crawled in bed and cried for our pre-pandemic lives. Tears that had been waiting a month to escape.”
While for many people this was Too Much Information, for the Left, Stelter’s admission was refreshing — so much so that real men are now admitting that they not only eat quiche but weep on the job when the spirit moves them.
Nor is it only Democrats who turn on the waterworks when the world is too much with them. “Mark Meadows, President Trump’s chief of staff, has been crying frequently in meetings with White House staff,” according to the Times, and “Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts, broke down while speaking about the death of his best friend’s mother.”
The article even quotes an expert on crying — Stelter — who said, “I think I’d be worried about anyone who hasn’t teared up in the last month.”
Men crying in public is nothing new for the Democrats. The morning after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, Pat Cunnane, a senior writer in the Obama White House, told the New Yorker:
I was full-blown ugly crying in the Oval Office as the President gave us a pep talk I had to turn away and try to get it together.
And who could forget the crocodile tears Barack Obama shed on national TV while making another pitch for gun control?
But lest you think that the Times has adopted as its motto the title of the Niall Horan song “No Judgement,” the article’s author, Jessica Bennett, identifies for us the kind of troglodyte who thinks crying is for sissies. She quotes one figure as observing, “When I see a man cry I view it as a weakness. The last time I cried was when I was a baby.”
Which cretin said that? Why, Donald Trump, of course.