A faculty member at Wright State University find’s President Donald Trump’s latest choice for National Security Advisor to be surprising but not for the reasons political pundits have debated.
In the New York Times on March 26, WSU senior lecturer Christopher Oldstone-Moore published a column examining the mustache of John Bolton, who the president recently named to the top security post in his cabinet.
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In the column, Oldstone-Moore wrote that Bolton’s appointment is surprising because Trump is known for hiring people from “central casting.” In other words, most of Trump’s hires are “svelte women and square-jawed, clean shaven men,” the Wright State lecturer wrote.
“Insiders report that when Mr. Trump first assembled his cabinet, he rejected Mr. Bolton for secretary of state because of his eccentric brush mustache,” the column reads.
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Men with large mustaches are deliberately trying to stand out and Bolton’s signals that he rejects the virtues of discipline, sociability and propriety, Oldstone-Moore wrote. Bolton’s mustache is a disregard for shaving norms, Oldstone-Moore wrote, and a “reflection of his fierce independence, and his general disdain for established political ground rules and diplomatic norms.”
Bolton’s appearances on Fox News may have been a reason Trump ended up selecting him to be the next National Security Advisor, even after the president dismissed him the first time around, Oldstone-Moore wrote.
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