Amorality Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

From Jonathan Swan at Axios: Why Trump’s White House never says sorry

Unsurprisingly, one thing that doesn’t seem to enter into the calculus of either trump or his cronies in all of this is the idea that when you hurt or wrong someone, apologizing is simply the right thing to do. This is something we teach three-year-olds, yet these supposed adults don’t seem to have any conception of it.

This is a revealing anecdote about this administration, a tacit admission that they see morality as performative rather than absolute. They think everyone is just as self-indulgent, cynical, and monstrous as they are, but that some of us pretend to have a moral compass in order to gain an advantage over others.

Hence the constant hailstorm from right-wingers about “virtue signaling” whenever anyone criticizes their words or actions on moral grounds. The idea of virtue, that one might do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do, is alien and incomprehensible to them.