Never forget: Tyrants hate ridicule. As long as we can laugh at them they know they don’t have us completely under their control. It’s hardly a surprise that the President-Elect, after using all of his daylight and evening hours attacking and belittling virtually every disadvantaged group in this country during his campaign, spent the wee hours of the morning hunched over his phone tweeting out insults to anyone who had the temerity to criticize or even laugh at him. They weren’t taking him seriously. They weren’t falling in line. They weren’t yet under his power.
Of course, the words and deeds of tyrants are rarely funny and are often horrific. But it is the nature of the tyrannical character, the ignorance, the insecurity, the paranoia, that is ludicrous and absurd. And tyrants themselves rarely have a sense of humor; or, if they do, it has become curdled and degraded. So humor turned against them is a force beyond their comprehension, and they are mystified in how to respond.
In general, ridicule is something to avoid. In the hands of a bully it can be devastating. But when used against a bully it becomes a method of defiance, a declaration of one’s humanity. As Voltaire said, “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.”