Fair enough. I don’t believe he’s joking either. I think he’s refusing to take responsibility for how he views poor and desperate people. I think he’s doing the good old American meta “auto-troll”…at least I’m better than THEM. It does have its roots in the founding of a racist nation. We’ve desperately tried to escape it while clinging to it at the same time.
We all have to do better, even those of us who think we’re really just “joking”.
Otherwise, the joke is on all of us. That is why we have Trump in the WH. He is the culmination of several centuries of the auto-troll.
In my eyes, the implications are huge…but like everything else they start within each one of us.