Pres. Trump apparently likes his steaks extremely well done. The punditry about this has been extreme, but not well done. The commentary more resembles the fattiest tartare you’ve ever tasted.
First, there were the the mopes like Vanity Fair‘s Graydon Carter, the Washington Post‘s food critic, and the occasional random food blogger recoiling in horror from Trump’s vulgar taste, exacerbated by his use of ketchup. It was of course suggested that Trump’s gauche dining habits were in some way a metaphor for his parochial and close-minded politics.
Then there were the conservatives. Some of the movers and shakers in conservative media, the thinkers, even one of its most elegant writers appeared on some of the right’s most respected and influential platforms to defend Trump’s dietary habits, or at least to note that others would see it as an asset.
And many smart conservatives shared those columns on social media, nodding their heads at the notion that lefties’ hysteria about Trump was largely a matter of aesthetics.