On The Cruelty is the Point
A horrifying image is of people lashing out not with masks of hatred but with laughter and glee. @AdamSerwer points out cruelty is the point and I’m afraid I have to agree with him.
“We can hear the spectacle of cruel laughter throughout the Trump era…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… 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.”
We are in a dark period and I don’t see it getting better anytime soon.
The Cruelty is the Point
President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.