Standing slightly in front of Guilfoyle, Donald Jr. starts off strong as he conveys their joint Christmas wishes to the military. But soon his girlfriend chimes in, reminding him of the groups he’s forgetting (“our veterans, law enforcement, first responders”). This causes him to pause and look back at her for a few seconds too long. “That’s right,” he finally says — and then launches into his put-down of her, which starts with him saying he’s “reasonably” thankful for her presence in his life. Later he describes her as the “voice of reason” when it comes to navigating his use of social media, saying she could “probably write the book” on the saved tweets that were written but never sent.
No good ever comes to societies when leaders lack empathy. The political and other health of our democracy will be challenged if the next generation of Trumps follow the president in making “toughness” their brand.