Jul 7 2020
03:40 pm
Mike Knapp's picture

The Cruelty is the Point

is evidently the title of the first chapter in Trump's niece's new book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man". I'm not sure but my guess is that Martha Trump may be paying homage to one of our most astute contemporary writers, Adam Serwer, who wrote this article also titled "The Cruelty is the Point" in the Atlantic last October.

The cackling will continue with Trump's finger flip to one of the our world's most important institutions during a pandemic, which is the point if you're Trump or a Trump supporter. It's sad how Trump was damaged. Here's to the hope moving forward that societies can do what they can to help families do their best to not reproduce the conditions that spawn men like him.

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.

R. Neal's picture

after thousands were killed

after thousands were killed and tens of thousands displaced by Hurricane Maria

I will never forget this. I wish those people would have just stood there and let the paper towels fall on the floor.

AC's picture

This is why I call it the

This is why I call it the "Beavis and Butthead" Presidency. It is exactly as described - outrageous action upon outrageous action, sucking all of the oxygen and bandwidth out of the news cycle and often distracting from many important things taking place behind the scene. Trump's done a great job of playing to the insecurity and uncertainty of his base, especially those who feel like their "top dog" status for themselves and their friends is being challenged by others who want opportunity and recognition and are sometimes even willing to work harder for it. The other contingent are those who feel unprepared for the future, unprepared to seize opportunity, and they are resentful of those who are.

My concern, however, is that by responding to these outrages with predictable outrage, many are simply playing their predictable role. Something outrageous happens, concerned citizens respond with outrage, and Trump's followers respond with the Beavis and Butthead "huh, huh, huh, huh." Everyone is dutifully playing their scripted roles. We need a better action plan and strategy rather than being continually responding as expected.

jmcnair's picture

Just more ignorant bluster

In an email to reporters, a U.N. spokesman confirmed that it received the notification: "On 6 July 2020, the United States of America notified the Secretary-General ... of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, effective on 6 July 2021,"

I am very hopeful that someone new will ask them to ignore that request between now and July of next year.

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