Kamala Harris' Husband Goes on Bizarre Rant Against 'Toxic Masculinity' for No Apparent Reason

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff appears on MSNBC to fret about toxic masculinity. (Credit: MSNBC)
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Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff sat down for a fawning interview last week with MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart and talked about antisemitism, the role of the second gentleman, his love for his wife, and of course—toxic masculinity.


Wait, what?! What’s that got to do with anything?

Let’s just say that neither of these dudes would be accused of having too much testosterone, but they nevertheless both seem to think this supposed toxicity is a huge danger to the world.

Never mind that the president who Emhoff’s wife serves under is constantly telling stories of grabbing six-foot chains to scare away gang members like CornPop, wanting to take Trump “behind the gym” (presumably to beat him up), and calling voters “fat” while challenging them to push-up contests.

The moment seemed to come out of nowhere:

CAPEHART: Can we just talk about masculinity for a moment? Has being the second gentleman changed your own view of perceived gender roles or what it means to be a man?

EMHOFF: Oof. That’s, this is something I’ve thought about a lot and something I’ve spoken about a lot.

There’s too much, of, toxicity. It’s masculine toxicity out there and we’ve kind of confused what it means to be a man, what it means to be masculine.

Actually, I’m not confused about it in the slightest, but to each his own. Watch the cringe-worthy clip:


Emhoff continued:

…you’ve got this trope out there that you’ve got to be tough and, you know, angry and lash out to be strong. It’s just the opposite.

Who exactly has this trope saying you have to be a jerk to be a man? I believe that having strength and a devotion to duty and taking care of one’s family are all important parts of manhood, but nowhere have I ever come across anyone who told me I need to lash out more to be a “real man.” No one has suggested to me that I need to be angrier to be a better father, husband, son, or brother.

For one moment, at least, Emhoff actually makes some sense here:

You know, strength is how you show your love for people, strength is how you are for people and how you have their back. And how you stick up for other people and pushing up, pushing out against bullies. And that’s what I believe it is.

Now that sounds reasonable enough to me. The moment didn’t last long, however, as the Second Gentleman quickly reverted to bashing this supposed widespread, insidious male toxicity:

So every time I can speak against this toxicity, we’re seeing it with our younger people. We’re seeing it in our discourse and our politics and the media.

 You’re seeing it as it relates to so many of the issues that we’re pushing back on, so I think it’s a problem and I’m going to continue to use this platform every time I get to speak out against this toxic masculinity that’s out there.


Oh joy; I can’t wait.

Notice how he doesn’t give any examples? It’s just out there, it’s in the ether, floating like a Chinese spy balloon in our skies—among our young, in our discourse, heck, maybe in our water supply.

But is it really just men (presumably Republican)—and women are immune? I know plenty of toxic females, but I’ve never heard of anyone referencing “toxic femininity.” Perhaps Emhoff’s forgotten about then-Speaker of the House and presumably female Nancy Pelosi ripping up the State of the Union speech of the sitting president of the United States on the House floor?

Emhoff’s rant seemed like little more than an attempt to get social credit from MSNBC, and/or feminists. It has little actual practical value, does nothing to improve anyone’s life or the nation’s culture—and like so many of his wife Kamala’s pronouncements—is basically a whole lot of buzzwords that add up to nothing.


Here’s the full interview in all its toxic glory:

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