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Schadenfreude over Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis was more about cosmic justice than joy in another’s pain

Schadenfreude over Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis was more about cosmic justice than joy in another’s pain

After President Donald Trump announced his COVID-19 diagnosis, Merriam-Webster Dictionary in searches for the word “schadenfreude.”The German word, which is as “harm joy,” or “joy in someone else’s pain,” instantly became a subject of debate.and , along with of “The Late Show,” wondered whether schadenfreude was a morally defensible response to the president’s diagnosis.MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said . Harvard professor Laurence Tribe , writing that this was no time for “cruelty, schadenfreude, or any other form of small-mindedness.”I agree that cruelty is small-minded and indefensible. , I...

October 14, 2020
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