“America is burning,” reads a top trending hashtag in Turkey following the storming of the Capitol building by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump — an expression not of alarm but rather of widespread schadenfreude. A large number of Turks feel deep animosity toward the United States. For many, America is getting its just desserts for the decades of humiliation it's inflicted on other weaker states. Images of Trump supporters in their outlandish outfits and the Statue of Liberty on life support making the rounds on social media were hailed with mockery and glee. “The curses of the children you slaughtered are yet to take effect,” read a typical tweet.
“Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn,” read another.