"Da Donald can do no wrong! He da man! It da left dat derange!"
One of the tropes still circulating amongst the Trumpkins is that the Left is hysterical and over-reacting to their beloved, brain dead buffoon - manifesting in TDS or "Trump Derangement Syndrome". In the fantasies of these Right wing pundit knuckle draggers, most of the Left as well as Democrats are in the throes of TDS and now even going through "five stages". So writes the latest imp to make such a claim, Joseph Epstein (WSJ, July 10, p. A17, 'The Next Pandemic: Trump Derangement Syndrome' )
This balmy bozo- because that's precisely what Epstein i, given his reputation for sloppy thinking and misleading journalism precedes him, e.g.
Anyway in his WSJ op-ed he considers five stages as integral to the TDS onset and I cite these below:
Stage 1) The "afflicted decides before 2016 that Trump has serious, even strenuous character flaws that disqualified him from the presidency or any other public office".
Well, let's see. How about advocating pussy grabbing as well as assaults on various women including at Miss Universe pageants? One of the women (Summer Vernos) even brought a lawsuit after Trump "thrust his genitals at her." Sounds disqualifying enough to me and I will take Summer at her word 1 million times before the lying Trump. (Who's now amassed over 16,000 lies according to WaPo tally over the last 3 1/2 years.
Stage 2) "One dwells upon Donald Trump's looks", the hairdo and golf apparel.
Actually, I could care less about this bloated buffoon's looks.. But I do castigate the orange imp for how he's consistently disparaged the appearance of women, e.g.
whether calling 2016 Reep candidate Carly Fiorina and the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels "Horseface," or calling other women "sluts", "dogs" or worse. All of these examples say more about this reprobate's basic character than anything any critic could say about his appearance. Knowing that, it's incredible to me Epstein would even go there.
Stage 3) "One is ready to believe anything- pernicious or salacious- about Mr. Trump - and to reject anything that might be good for the country."
Oh, oh, you mean like Stormy Daniels taking the Donald across her knee and spanking him with a copy of FORBES? E.g.
Wherein we learn:
The spanking was revealed in a string of emails. Subsequently, Mother Jones basically confirmed all the sordid details that Daniels described from her 2006 encounters For reference, see:
"According to a trove of 2009 emails exchanged between political operatives (advising Daniels at the time on a possible political campaign), the adult film actress claimed that her affair with Trump included spanking him with a copy of Forbes. By one account, a political consultant to Andrea Dubé related in an email that:
"He made her sit with him for three hours watching Shark Week. Another time he had her spank him with a Forbes magazine,"
Stormy having sex with this turd then whacking his fat ass? Sounds pretty perverse - and convincing to me. Not to mention allowing Russian prostitutes to urinate all over him in a Moscow hotel while the Miss Universe pageant was held in Moscow in 2013. All integrated into the dossier prepared by Christopher Steele - which the Right's nitwits now try to disparage.
According to an earlier (2017) AP report in the Denver Post ( 'Ex Spy Regarded as Dependable') :
"Three British intelligence agents interviewed by the Associated Press described Steele as well regarded in the intelligence community, with excellent Russian skills and high level sources."
According to one Financial Times account, Steele was the "UK intelligence expert on Russia".
James Nixey, the head of Chatham House's Russia and Eurasia program, informed the AP that sections of the dossier document created by Steele "read exactly as reports from the secret services"
In other words, professional through and through, no exaggerations and no fillers that hadn't been sourced. So the Trumpkins and their hacks like Epstein, Dan Henninger, Holman Jenkins Jr. or Kim Strassel can squawk all they want about the "corrupt Steele dossier" but I will make a Vegas bet on its veracity any day before anything coming out of Trump's piehole. Or that of his enablers and acolytes.
Epstein then inserts the example of TDS "afflicted" going so low and over the edge as to aver "he secretly admires King Jong Un's wardrobe"". Actually, i was more concerned with how he's openly professed love for the North Korean tyrant, i.e after saying numerous times he's "in love" with Kim. And Kim sent him a "love letter." These are all well documented, not fantasies or ideations.
Stage 4) "One imputes evil to Mr. Trump."
Actually, as an atheist I am averse to appending the term "evil" to anyone. Having said that, I do maintain a human can over time reach such a level of moral turpitude and character degradation he can at least asymptotically approach evil. That is Trump, as when he had migrant children locked up in cages, separated them from their parents. Also, when he equated Charlottesville (2017) protesters with the Nazis and white nationalist scum who attacked them, including killing one woman (Heather Heyer). Trump claiming there were "some very fine people" on both sides. No, only on one! As Nicole Wallace put it at the time:
"There are not two sides to this. There are hideous, hateful enemies of America, enemies of freedom, and there were people truly exercising their free speech."
Stage 5) "One is weighted down with all the symptoms of the first four stages but brings to them an added choleric intensity of anger."
If you mean, anger at the way he has totally fucked up the response to the coronavirus so that over 130,000 fellow citizens are now dead- you have it right! Or how he has not only botched the initial response but is now actively instigating an even larger death toll for a premature opening of schools. As Chris Hayes put it two nights ago:
"Also today he said he disagreed with the CDC guidelines for opening the schools. So he's now pushing the CDC to override their own guidelines.
So if I've got that right, we don't want the guidance of the nation's top health agency on how to stay safe in a pandemic to be the reason why we don't send our kids to school, while we're suffering from the worst outbreak in the world. So the president will tell them to change the guidance. And it's not the first time he's done that. He did it back in April and May when he didn't like the CDC reopening guidance for business. He even pressured governors to ignore that guidance, just like he pushed the CDC to change their guidance for reopening churches. And now he's not happy with the CDC guidance on schools.
So what do you think is going to happen? Look, the last person in the world you can trust right now with the safety of your kids is Donald Trump."
Epstein ends by saying those he fancies suffering from TDS can end the malady and "they don't even have to put on a mask" only "turn off the television set."
Yeah, but see, Eppie, Trump will find a way to get back into our attention by again insinuating himself in some other outrageous way, whether via a new, demented executive order - maybe trying to fire Anthony Fauci, or threatening to send active military against Black Lives Matter protesters.
Methinks Eppie has got the wrong derangement syndrome and the wrong cast of victims who are afflicted.