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On the right, there is a new term that seems to be used by anyone that is seen as remotely critical of Donald Trump:
Trump Derangement Syndrome
It has become the preferred way for some on the right to shut down the conversation without attacking the merits of the criticism.
A reporter asks the President if maybe he should have not been so flippant about the outbreak of COVID-19?
Well, that is just another example of TDS by the media.
Question the decision to put Jared Kushner in charge of anything?
You must suffer from TDS!
Point out that there are reports that members of the Trump family are using insecure email servers just like Hillary Clinton did?
You guessed it, TDS.
It is a handy little way to turn the argument onto the person bringing the criticism. You then are not required to discuss the issue at hand, merely dismiss it and shut down the conversation.
But that is not what I want to talk about as far as Trump Derangement Syndrome.
I want to talk about TDS on the opposite end of the spectrum.
The rationalization of everything Trump.
Trump Derangement Syndrome has become a national affliction. There are those on the left that are absolutely obsessed with Donald Trump.
They do nothing but talk about removal from office, they do nothing but obsess with every scandal and misstep.
To me, that takes away from the discussion of issues at hand. I would prefer to talk about other things, health care, criminal justice reform, a living wage, ending corporate welfare.
To me, Trump is merely a distraction.
But, the ones that also suffer from TPS are the die-hard Trump supporters.
The ones that Trump was talking about when he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters.
The ones that call themselves strong supporters of the Second Amendment, but when Trump talks about Red Flag Laws and Gun Confiscation, there are crickets or finding ways to rationalize support.
Or fiscal conservatism, arguably the center-piece of the Tea Party Movement. Donald Trump in 2016 promised that he would eliminate the national debt in 8 years. Yet, by the White House’s own estimates, should Trump serve two terms, he will add a little over 8 trillion to the debt.
However, there is no criticism by the Tea Party or GOP of this. The same groups that claimed that Obama’s reckless policies would bankrupt the nation.
You see, Trump Derangement Syndrome is just as much an affliction of the left as it is of the right. By selling your moral stances for “winning,” by rationalizing stances you normally would oppose, you have created in a sense a demagogue.
A “glorious leader” above reproach, and off-limits to criticism. That sort of derangement, that “Emperor has no clothes” approach is just as dangerous to the Republic as those who are determined to undermine the Trump Presidency
I would also suggest that those who toss around the term Trump Derangement Syndrome ensure that they have cured themselves of Obama Derangement Syndrome or Clinton Derangement Syndrome