June 8, 2019

TO HATE OTHERS AS MUCH AS YOU HATE YOURSELF:

'The Cruelty Is the Point' (DAVID FRENCH, June 7, 2019, National Review)

I frequently disagree with The Atlantic's Adam Serwer, but late last year he wrote a piece that should resonate with any person who's been in the crosshairs of the MAGA right. A fundamental aspect of truly Trumpist political engagement is the intentional infliction of harm on political opponents. Cruelty is the point of their interactions. That's the purpose of their communication.

I'm making a distinction here between Trump voters and online Trumpists. There are many millions of Trump voters who are kind, decent, and generous people. They're the salt of the earth and the backbone of their communities. I know them. They're my friends and family members. They're the people who help make my community a marvelous place to live. If they were the face of Trumpism, then America would be a less polarized place.

But they're not -- not by a long shot. Donald Trump's personal pugilism has been adopted, refined, and magnified by a legion of his supporters, and these individuals live to inflict misery. They don't care to win an argument. They don't care to persuade. They want to harass and swarm and mock in a carnival fun-house imitation of the online mobs generated by the woke social-justice left.

No one has understood Trumpbots as well as Eric Hoffer, although, Steve Bannon apparently offered Michael Wolff an insight for his new book: Donald has so much contempt for himself that he inevitably ends up despising the sycophants he surrounds himself with.  His movement is essentially just a cascade of self-loathing.

Posted by at June 8, 2019 7:12 AM

  

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