It’s a phrase that has become increasingly popular in the Republican Party, which is trying to figure out what it means to be a “toxic male” in America.
But some Republican politicians are beginning to wonder if there is a connection between toxic masculinity and the rise of Donald Trump.
“The rise of Trump has been the worst in a long time,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday, explaining why he’s worried about what Trump means to “toxically male” Americans.
“I’m not sure that we’re in a position where we need to just go back to some of the things we did in the past and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do.'”
Flake added that it’s important to “understand that Trump’s toxic masculinity has become a threat to women.”
Trump’s popularity has exploded in the last few years, fueled by an anti-establishment and anti-political correctness backlash.
“It’s become clear that he’s not the guy that we thought he was,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R–Utah), adding that Trump “has become a magnet for toxic masculinity.”
Chaffetz added that Trump is “an echo chamber that we’ve created, where he will give you a platform and you’ll hear him speak and you’re like, ‘Well, that’s not what I want to hear.'”
Chaffetz is not alone.
Earlier this month, Rep. Pete King (R — N.Y.) told The Hill that he was “disappointed” that Trump had been elected President.
“When you have someone as toxic as Donald Trump in the White House, it has to be taken seriously,” King said.
“If he is president, we will have a toxic masculinity again.
We are in a dangerous moment.”
Flake told Fox that he is worried about “toxicity masculinity” because it has become the norm for the Republican party.
“We’ve created this toxic masculinity that we believe we need,” Flake said.
The Republican Party’s toxic masculinities Flake said that Trump has created “a toxic masculinity” for the party.
In a recent tweet, Trump wrote, “The last time I checked, women are not born hating men.
Flake said Trump’s “tendency to attack women is what’s dangerous” because “truly, I believe that a toxic femininity is a very bad thing.”
But Flake, a Republican who chairs the House’s subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, said that he “absolutely” thinks that Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are “at fault” for allowing Trump to become president.
Flake also said that it is “totally unacceptable” that the Republican primary system, which was designed to help Republican voters, is now “tainted” by Trump and his supporters.
Flake said he was not surprised that Trump was nominated.
“This is not the first time I’ve heard about a candidate getting elected who has a history of being misogynistic, who has been misogynistic,” Flake told Carlson.
“But to be able to have a candidate who has this history, it’s really troubling.
It’s really frightening.”
Flake, who served in the Senate for more than 30 years and is now a Republican, said the party’s toxic feminisms “are really dangerous.”
“I think it’s a mistake to see this as a party that has to change, that it has got to change in order to be viable,” Flake continued.
“To the extent that we can’t change, we are doomed to continue to have toxic masculins, toxic feminins.”
Flake also told Carlson that Trump needs to be called out for his misogynistic rhetoric.
“That’s the point that I think we can make,” Flake, an outspoken critic of Trump’s presidency, said.
Flake and Chaffetz, who have repeatedly called for Trump to resign, both said that they are “deeply troubled” by what Trump has done and “feel compelled to speak out” against him.
Chaffetz called on Trump to “get the hell out of the way.”
“We are a nation that has lost confidence in its leaders,” Chaffetz told Fox.
“You can’t have it both ways, and Donald Trump is the last man standing in that.”
Fox News reached out to several members of the Republican establishment who have spoken out against Trump.
Rep. Joe Barton (R – Texas), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, tweeted on Friday that he disagrees with Flake’s remarks.
“Toxic masculinity is not a healthy, sustainable masculinity,” Barton wrote.
“Donald Trump has become America’s toxic man, and we must fight back.”