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In the age of political melodrama, Trump’s monstrous villainy makes us all complicit

The president understands that his political power relies on his willingness to play the villain. So how do we respond when children are ripped from their families?

By Lyndsey Stonebridge  

Security forces observe the protesters behind a large poster with the image of US President Donald Trump during a protest against the migration policies of USA. Photo: PA

What kind of monstrous villain can listen to a child cry and pretend not to hear? We all know the answer to that question: the Trump monster. The rest of us know we are not monsters, because we do respond to the tears of children. But does that mean we’re human—or simply that we’re monsters with the capacity for pity?


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