If Trump starts insulting Muslim men with scraggly beards, calling them no-good bums, would I post my resume on social media to prove him wrong? Probably not. But maybe that’s just me.
As someone who went through public school in the US, you come across all kinds of bullies. And the first thing schoolyard bullies attack you for are the things that make you different. Clothes for example. There would be some kids who got made fun of for not wearing the name brands. And then the next day, they would come to school wearing name brands. Obviously, the bullies still wouldn’t accept them — they would just find something else to make fun of.
I always felt that it was counterproductive to react to bullies by trying to shed those things that made you different and adopting those things that made you more like the bully or conformed with the bully’s expectations or image of what you should be. Reacting in that way just confirms that the bully is in control, even when you think you are “proving him wrong.”