Punishing the weak is what the Party of Trump is all about. And they sell it by persuading their base of cruel, selfish people that their victims will be people weaker, poorer, and darker than themselves.
LBJ had it nailed 50 years ago:
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.
The sin of envy makes you stupider than any other sin.