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Truths to Treat Trump Derangement Syndrome

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Posted: Sep 03, 2018 12:01 AM
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Truths to Treat Trump Derangement Syndrome

The loud calls for impeachment, the media’s coordinated editorial attacks and the continued outrage on the left call for an obvious diagnosis—Trump Derangement Syndrome. Thankfully, a few who might be tempted to join the attacks are sharing truths to help treat the poor people so afflicted. 

Have you heard anyone explain what President Trump has done that is a crime? Where is the “high crime” that is an impeachable offense? Even Special Counsel Mueller has not yet identified any crime after months of investigation.

Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus and long-standing Democrat, appeared on Tucker Carson’s Fox News show. Dershowitz asked the critical question few even raise, “What is the crime?” He voted for Hillary Clinton but is speaking out as a defender of civil liberties. He acknowledged that there may have been political wrongdoing, but even if members of the campaign colluded with Russians, there is no evidence that Trump was involved or that any statues have been violated.

“As long as the Trump administration or no individual told them (the Russians) to hack the DNC,” Dershowitz replied, “That would obviously be very different or gave them information useful in helping them hack the DNC. But just knowing that they hacked the DNC or taking advantage of that is not a crime.”

Dershowitz explained, “Under the unitary theory of the executive, the president has the right to direct the Justice Department and the right to direct the FBI on what to do. Thomas Jefferson told his attorney general to prosecute Aaron Burr. He told them how to do it and called witnesses in. He…called Chief Justice Marshall and threatened to have him impeached if he didn’t convict him. Aaron Burr got acquitted in the end but not through any efforts of President Jefferson. The president is head of the executive branch and can’t be convicted of obstruction of justice for simply performing his Constitutional duties…. I don’t see any crime here.”

Football legend Jim Brown, appearing on “Fox & Friends,” leveled a charge to the “black community” to take responsibility for their own problems instead of shifting the blame onto President Donald Trump. Noting the president’s rare accessibility and willingness to listen, he confronted his own race, “The black community, and I’m a part of the black community, has a responsibility regardless of what the president does. If you have a homicide rate in your black community, then it’s not the president that’s created that homicide rate. It’s the black community itself that needs to address it.”

Commenting on the national anthem protests, Brown said, “We should never denigrate our flag and our national anthem. We should always be Americans first and we should work our butts off to do the right thing and make it a better country. … To not respect your flag and national anthem is something I’d never do.”

When asked if Trump was racist, he replied, “I’m so glad you asked me that. Of course not. Is America racist? Of course not.” While admitting that Trump should be legitimately confronted on certain issues, he detested the piling on by the media: “When I look at television and see all these announcers become experts and they’re pointing the fingers and they’re not doing a doggone thing but pointing their fingers, I find myself really pulling for the president.”

If rational statements aren’t enough truth to treat your syndrome, listen to the funny yet insightful reply from a dog in a Saturday Night Live skit. In the skit, three scientists debut their invention, a machine that translates for pets, and, to their shock, find out that the dog is an articulate Trump supporter. Let’s not lose our sense of humor. In fact, maybe we ought to add a few dogs to that basket of deplorables who had the wisdom to elect this very unsettling but productive president.