They are happy as long as they think their culture war enemies are suffering more.
“I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” – Lyndon Johnson
“I love the poorly educated!” – Donald Trump, commenting on his predator/prey relationship with his base