President Lyndon Johnson once said, “If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'” Presidents, historically, have always had a significant portion of the media opposed to both the administration itself and their policies. Today we are witnessing something different. Similar in origin of past presidential opposition, yet stronger, more visceral, more deranged.
Democrats, along with their allies in the mainstream media, have always opposed President Trump and his administration. From the now famous escalator ride to announce his candidacy, through his campaign, and now, all the way to the onset of the 2020 campaign, the left has been united in their complete opposition to anything that comes from this administration. The opposition, or ‘Resistance’ to President Trump coming from the Democratic National Committee, mainstream media, and Hollywood have reached a fever pitch we've never before seen in this country. Their opposition has become not only hysterical, but also an asset to Trump's presidency, an asset that will guarantee his re-election.
Dr. Charles Krauthammer, the great political commentator and psychiatrist, first coined the term "Bush Derangement Syndrome" in 2003 as, “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency – nay – the very existence of George W. Bush.” Krauthammer later updated his diagnosis to include "Trump Derangement Syndrome." According to Krauthammer, a “general hysteria marked by an inability to distinguish between legitimate policy differences and signs of psychic pathology" with regards to Donald Trump, indicated signs of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Democrats are no longer capable of articulating a sound and reasoned opposition to the president. They have continually failed to or refused to cite a consistent strategic or rational difference in policy and approach. Like Europe was consumed by the Black Plague, Democrats have been consumed by Trump Derangement Syndrome. They have become both ensconced in, and incapacitated by, the hysteria of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
The first round of Democratic debates showcased the effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Anyone who had the masochistic experience of sitting through the two-night identity politics pageant should readily have ascertained such effects. Take the border crisis. Through the campaign and the first two-and-a-half years of Trump's presidency, he talked about the border crisis. Democrats denied its’ existence. Never offering a counter policy approach, Democrats simply declared that there was no crisis. When asked about the border crisis at the debates each candidate made a point of using words like ‘inhumane,' ‘compassion,' and the ever-present yet undefinable ‘comprehensive immigration reform,' yet not one single counter policy approach was presented. This is Trump Derangement Syndrome plain and simple.
The candidates decried Trump's border crisis approach yet offered no solution of their own. Compassion and inhumane treatment are not policy approaches or solutions. Trump cannot nationalize the Waldorf Astoria and house the countless illegals there. He cannot seize control of Cedars-Sinai or the Mayo Clinic to offer, for free, the best medical care in the world. The candidates presented no solution differing from Trump’s approach, only decrying Trump’s approach because it was Trump’s approach. That’s Trump Derangement Syndrome.
At the debates, the candidates were presented with the fact that 71 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the economy. Each candidate repeated the left's tired talking point that Trump’s economy is rigged for the rich. No substantive Trump economic policy complaints. No rational solutions presented. Simply telling 71 percent of Americans that Trump’s policies are bad because they’re Trump’s policies. Last year, Bill Maher, leftist comedian and pundit declared, “Bring on the recession!” hoping that such would help defeat Trump in 2020. Rooting for an economic recession in order to oust a sitting president? This is Trump Derangement Syndrome at its finest.
The prevalence of Trump Derangement Syndrome is going to reelect the president. The economy is soaring and 71 percent of Americans agree. Things are moving favorably with both North Korea and Iran, not in spite of Trump’s policies but because of them. And Americans are paying attention. The president inherited a border crisis the left denied existed and is handling it on a daily basis. Democrats have provided considerable baseless criticisms regarding the border but no substantive policy approach.
Running a presidential campaign without any substantive policy proposals, only lambasting the very policies Americans are supporting and feeling the benefits of is a political insanity that we haven’t seen since Walter Mondale’s 1984 promise to raise your taxes. Trying to convince Americans that policies they are benefitting from are bad simply because they come from Donald Trump requires a cognitive dissonance on a national level that is simply unattainable.
Trump Derangement Syndrome has consumed the Democrats to the point that they can no longer respond rationally to anything they disagree with coming from this White House, which is everything. Trump Derangement Syndrome will re-elect the President.