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Trump’s Cruelty

Postby KeithE » Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:18 am

The Cruelty Is the Point

We can hear the spectacle of cruel laughter throughout the Trump era. There were the border-patrol agents cracking up at the crying immigrant children separated from their families, and the Trump adviser who delighted white supremacists when he mocked a child with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother. There were the police who laughed uproariously when the president encouraged them to abuse suspects, and the Fox News hosts mocking a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre (and in the process inundating him with threats), the survivors of sexual assault protesting to Senator Jeff Flake, the women who said the president had sexually assaulted them, and the teen survivors of the Parkland school shooting. There was the president mocking Puerto Rican accents shortly after thousands were killed and tens of thousands displaced by Hurricane Maria, the black athletes protesting unjustified killings by the police, the women of the #MeToo movement who have come forward with stories of sexual abuse, and the disabled reporter whose crime was reporting on Trump truthfully. It is not just that the perpetrators of this cruelty enjoy it; it is that they enjoy it with one another. Their shared laughter at the suffering of others is an adhesive that binds them to one another, and to Trump
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For those that demand details, all these cruel acts are linked in the article above.

Concluding remarks:
Trump’s only true skill is the con; his only fundamental belief is that the United States is the birthright of straight, white, Christian men, and his only real, authentic pleasure is in cruelty. It is that cruelty, and the delight it brings them, that binds his most ardent supporters to him, in shared scorn for those they hate and fear: immigrants, black voters, feminists, and treasonous white men who empathize with any of those who would steal their birthright. The president’s ability to execute that cruelty through word and deed makes them euphoric. It makes them feel good, it makes them feel proud, it makes them feel happy, it makes them feel united. And as long as he makes them feel that way, they will let him get away with anything, no matter what it costs them.


Not all (or even most) Right Wingers are about this “shared scorn”, but some do and Rush Limbaugh / Fox News have been fomenting such attitudes for decades.
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Re: Trump’s Cruelty

Postby JE Pettibone » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:34 pm

Ed: Keith, I am less than impressed with the source of your quotes in the post just above.
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Re: Trump’s Cruelty

Postby KeithE » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:51 pm

JE Pettibone wrote:Ed: Keith, I am less than impressed with the source of your quotes in the post just above (as I asked you to)

Did you go to the article, look for the paragraph I quoted and click on those links? Each example of cruelty is backed up (some are for his followers).

Now if you believe Trump is a nice, collegial fellow, then nothing may convince you of his fundamental cruelty like making fun of a crippled man at one of his rallies.
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Re: Trump’s Cruelty

Postby Sandy » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:53 am

Great article, and well documented. I don't see a problem with the source, The Atlantic is very credible and follows standard journalistic rules in requiring accuracy in documenting facts, something that is in evidence in what they produce. "I am less than impressed with your source" only indicates that you don't like the content of the article, it says nothing about the factual nature of the evidence, nor does it provide any rebuttal. It's the kind of response that actually helps prove the writer's thesis. But that's typical of people with a conservative bias. Any presentation of factual evidence that doesn't support their position or their perspective is "liberal media bias."
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Re: Trump’s Cruelty

Postby JE Pettibone » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:51 am

KeithE wrote:
JE Pettibone wrote:Ed: Keith, I am less than impressed with the source of your quotes in the post just above.

Did you go to the article, look for the paragraph I quoted and click on those links? Each example of cruelty is backed up (some are for his followers).

Now if you believe Trump is a nice, collegial fellow, then nothing may convince you of his fundamental cruelty like making fun of a crippled man at one of his rallies.


Ed: Keuth, when have I ever said that Trump is a nice congenial fellow, but keep in context what you call "making fun of a crippled man" ? I would agree that his mimicing a disabled professional person who had been viciously critical of him, was unnessesary when responding to the man's attack.

The author of your quotes has also attcked Trump with, in my view, biased attcks. As for the Atlantic I believe that in recent years it has failed live up to its once illustrious reputation.
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