Last night, the Biden team released a three-second clip effectively castigating the President for his refusal to embrace the idea of wearing a mask in public. And if your day was somehow off to a solid start, my apologies, man. Because right-wing professional troll Toni Lauren—no, wait, is it Torrence Larpen? Turgid Largeham? Tomi Lahren?—has taken to Twitter yet again to weigh in, and I can already hear you groaning involuntarily from all the way over here.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the risks of the virus, mocking those around him for wearing a mask and cultivating a dangerously ill-informed environment that extends far beyond the Oval Office by blithely encouraging his constituents to ignore the precautions his own CDC recommends. (On the debate stage last week, the President openly ridiculed his opponent for consistently wearing a mask on the campaign trail.)
At this point, Trump’s specific brand of macho posturing is par for the course, but it’s Lerfen’s response—what she clearly imagined was a witty rejoinder to Team Biden’s tweet—that’s worth examining. It’s the type of retrograde, low-stakes insult we should all agree to permanently table, the implication being that Biden is somehow less manly than Trump because he’s willing to admit a virus that’s killed over 200,000 Americans is worth taking seriously. Sick burn, man! You really showed him.
Might as well carry a purse with that mask, Joe. https://t.co/RugCFkC1GQ
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) October 6, 2020
Leruhn, though, might actually be…onto something here. Men have been getting super into bags recently, and “Might as well carry a purse with that mask, Joe” happens to be excellent advice for anyone looking to up their accessories game this fall, even if you’re not running for the chance to be Leader of the Free World. (Tuncy Larpen: 2020’s unlikeliest trend forecaster?!?!)
If a purse is still a bit too far ahead of the curve for you, might I suggest a crossbody? A backpack? Maybe even a tote? Hell, why not really stick it to the President and his sycophants and scoop one from the Biden campaign itself?
Nothing but respect for MY bag-carrier.