The Five Stages Of Trump Derangement Syndrome

The Saturday posts of political content began thanks to Erica. On the day after Trump’s election, she went off on him because of his orange hair. Today’s post expands on TDS.

It’s been going around for some time and now appears to be in danger of spreading widely. I refer not to Covid-19, but to Donald-20, or, to use its pseudoscientific name, Trump Derangement Syndrome. Research has shown that TDS appears in five stages, each of advanced intensity. Perhaps there will be some value, if not a promise of diminishment, in setting these parameters out for public awareness.

The cause of TDS is clear enough—Donald Trump, his looks, his manner, his nearly every utterance. So far there is no known cure. Ventilators are unnecessary in TDS, for people who progress beyond the first stage tend to vent quite vigorously on their own.

In Stage One, the afflicted has decided before 2016 that Donald Trump has serious, even strenuous, character flaws that disqualified him for the presidency or any other public office. Voting for him was never possible. For Stage One sufferers, a second Trump term could have effects that are frightening to contemplate. Stage One patients view the Trump presidency as a blotch in American political history.

In Stage Two, one dwells upon Donald Trump’s looks. One has put a fair amount of thought into the architecture of his hairdo, wondering how much time each morning he must devote to its re-creation and whether he employs a stylist to help. One notices that the length of his neckties covers up his ample alderman as does the way he sits, leaning forward in his chair. Photographs of him in golf apparel are studied for what they reveal of the impressive breadth of his backside. The smugness of his smile is registered, the smallness of his hands always noted.

In Stage Three, one is ready to believe anything—anything pernicious or salacious, that is—about Mr. Trump and to reject anything he has done that might be good for the country, if only because he is the man who did it. One is ready to believe that he diets exclusively on the meat of endangered species, that there is something weirdly illicit about his relationship with Vladimir Putin, that he secretly admires Kim Jong Un’s wardrobe. For Stage Three sufferers, nothing about President Trump can be totally disbelieved.

As for those of Donald Trump’s policies that, coming from another president, one might be pleased about, these are rejected in Stage Three derangement syndrome. Israel shouldn’t count on the allegiance of Mr. Trump. The revival of the American economy, before Covid-19 sent it cratering, was owing not to Mr. Trump but to President Obama. The lowering of black and Hispanic unemployment figures under the Trump administration is scarcely to be believed. Nor is the utility of his legislation reforming prisons or of his creating opportunity areas in black neighborhoods, if only because it happened under Donald Trump, who is, patients say, clearly a racist. In Stage Three derangement syndrome, if Donald Trump is for any specific policy, one is automatically against it; if he is against it, one is for it. Case not so much closed as never really opened.

In Stage Four, one imputes evil to Mr. Trump. One believes he became president of the United States to boost his hotel business. One is certain he has it in mind to create a dynasty, with Don Jr. and Jared Kushner waiting to succeed him as president-emperor. Even should Mr. Trump lose the forthcoming presidential election, Stage Four derangement syndrome sufferers believe he is unlikely to depart the White House willingly and is not beyond using military force to keep himself in power. Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao—for people with Stage Four derangement syndrome, Donald Trump is clearly a figure in their line.

In Stage Five TDS, one is weighted down with all the symptoms of the first four stages, but brings to them an added choleric intensity of anger. At the mere mention of the name Donald Trump, unprintable expletives issue out of one’s foam-flecked lips. One’s skin flushes, veins appear on one’s forehead, one’s hands tremble, one loses all powers of speech.

Still, the nice thing about Trump Derangement Syndrome is that to prevent catching or spreading it, you don’t have to wear a mask or always be washing your hands or practice social distancing. All you have to do is turn off your television set.

Mr. Epstein is author, most recently, of “Charm: The Elusive Enchantment.”

Edit – A reader sent the picture along with:

Democratic liberals with their heads up their asses. 
Or it could be called a “Liberal Shelter from Trump” 


Ad Hominem Attack

Even by Twitter standards, the response to Thursday’s two Supreme Court decisions on President Trump’s tax records was revealing. For much of the day, Clarence Thomas was “trending,” as they say, and not in a nice way.

The reason for the Twitter fury appears to be Justice Thomas’s dissents (along with those of Justice Samuel Alito) in Trump v. Vance and Trump v. Mazars. Both cases dealt with efforts—one by Manhattan’s district attorney, the other by Congress—to gain access to Mr. Trump’s personal tax and business records. (See nearby.)

Many critics limited themselves to expletives, but many featured an ugly focus on his race. “Clarence Thomas believes he’s still a slave, and he’s fine with it,” ran one. Another declared, “Uncle Tom was a real Clarence Thomas.”

Others focused on his interracial marriage. A self-described Ivy Leaguer cited Justice Thomas’s originalist legal principles to imply he’s a hypocrite because “the laws in 1776 did not allow a Black man to get an education, become a lawyer or marry a White woman.” One tweet that now seems to have been deleted along with the account was this: “Clarence Thomas—the one black life that doesn’t matter.”

People have the right to disagree vehemently with the Justice’s opinions, and we understand that Twitter is often a free-speech sewer. But these tweets reveal the sorry fact that many on the political left think racist attacks are fine as long as they’re levied against a black conservative who has the nerve to think for himself.


Joe goes for left-wing support

Hours after the Little Sisters of the Poor won—again—at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Joe Biden pledged to fight like hell to roll back conscience protections for Catholic nuns and other religious employers who object to providing contraceptives.


Blatantly Fake News

The Washington Post went off the deep end describing Trump’s Fourth Of July speech as embracing Confederate Generals. That the only general he mentioned was George Washington made no difference. Courting a VP nomination Senator Duckworth piled on with the same claim. No friend of Trump, even the New York Times pushed back against the WaPo claims.


And I have not even mentioned the several major SCOTUS decisions of the week. One being in a mind-boggling twisting of the facts, Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissent and say the Creeks do not in fact have a reservation in Oklahoma. 

2 thoughts on “The Five Stages Of Trump Derangement Syndrome”

  1. We now have a Stage 6 TDS
    The use of violent protesting, vandalism and the complete disregard for law in order to achieve an outcome.
    I ask , what exactly is the final objective?
    Is it just to remove Trump or to destroy an entire political system

    I’m also curious to see what happens in November when Trumps is re-elected.

    God Bless Erica. I do miss her. She referred to me as Brietbart Breath
    I hope one day she finds the father figure she has been searching for.
    Could be she secretly desires Trump

  2. Brietbart Breath! Well, she always had a way with words. I can’t recall how she described me.

    remove Trump or to destroy an entire political system? I think a two-fer. If Dems get complete control the Republic is doomed.

    The best part of Trump getting another four years would be watching the libs squeal. I am not persuaded it will happen. But as I have said many times, I never thought Obama would be elected, so what the heck do I know.

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