Recently, presidential candidate Donald Trump was overheard ordering his rib eye well-done in a Manchester, New Hampshire, steakhouse.
One would think that with the inflammatory stream of consciousness that comes out of Trump’s mouth on a daily basis, no one would care one way or the other what the internal temperature of his meat is—but that is not the case. His steak order has resulted in low-grade pandemonium and heckling everywhere from Twitter to his rallies. So much so that a man held up protest signs at Trump’s South Carolina speech proclaiming TRUMP LIKES HIS STEAKS WELL DONE, as a sort of battle cry.
A true meat lover knows that the best way to enjoy steak is not well-done, but why do people care so much about Trump preferring his meat on the grayer side? Well, it could say something about who he is as a candidate. “If you like your meat cooked well done, you subconsciously probably use that same well done approach across the board in your life. It implies that one’s personality traits are patience, strategy and goal focused. Some research shows that meat and potato people are traditionalists in their thinking,” says Deborah Marcus Stayman, LCSW (Aventura-Counseling.com), a therapist who specializes in food and the meaning behind what we eat, how much we eat and why.