performing empathy and humanity, telling people you're representing them, is a political skill. politicians learn it because they want to win, and because it's part of the job. @jbview was saying this today I think.
Trump's really bad at it because he won't take the time to learn how to do it or try.
it's not that trump is spontaneously inhuman, is I guess the point. being human in public is a performance, and he has decided not to do that,and to instead perform cruelty and indifference.
"virtue signaling" is supposed to be a bad thing, but taking the time to be act virtuously is a big part of what virtue is. Being good is a choice and an effort.

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