At times it seems that New Yorkers have serious grudges against facial hair. In 2013 they had the chance to elect the first mayor in over 100 years with a full beard, but Joe Lhota was crushed by Bill de Blasio. While there were many factors for this, the belief that bearded people can’t be trusted could have been a minor factor (although try telling that to Chuck Norris).
This is suddenly all too relevant once again, with the reports that Donald Trump passed over John Bolton for Secretary of State in part because of his famous moustache. It seems that Trump dislikes all facial hair equally, and that Bolton’s bristles simply are bearing the brunt of the burden at the moment:
“Donald was not going to like that moustache,” said one [adviser], who spoke on condition of anonymity. “I can’t think of anyone that’s really close to Donald that has a beard that he likes.”
In response to this criticism of his stache, Bolton refused to back down.
With Bolton unlikely to receive any position in the near future, it looks like beards have lost this round, but they will live to fight another day.