David Brooks on Trump and Empathy

New York Times columnist David Brooks has been pulling no punches when it comes to criticizing Donald Trump.  In his latest column he plays the Khizr Khan card by chiding the GOP POTUS nominee for his lack of empathy.  This, of course, is a case we have been making here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home and elsewhere for a long time–most recently this week.  By the way, have I mentioned that people can learn empathy by studying history?


Brooks’s words are stinging. This one is right up there with his column on Ted Cruz’s “brutalism.”


He also cannot be contained because he lacks the inner equipment that makes decent behavior possible. So many of our daily social interactions depend on a basic capacity for empathy. But Trump displays an absence of this quality.