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Thursday, August 29, 2019


Many of my progressive friends tell me that Trump Derangement Syndrome isn't derangement at all, but simply an expression of their fury directed at a president they view as a really, really bad man. After all, they argue, "When you have a racist, anti-immigrant, Russia-colluding, obstructionist politician in the White House, he must be removed from office—by any means necessary."

Like everything associated with Trump, if each of his many policies (not to mention his tweets and positions) is interpreted in the worst possible manner, the progressives' argument has merit. But considering the worst possible interpretation is something applied only to Trump while his Democrat predecessors were almost always given the benefit of the doubt. For example, Trump is no more a "racist" that any progressive who encourages the soft racism of victimhood for people of color. He's no more anti-Immigrant than previous presidents who often deported more illegal immigrants and worked to protect our borders.

In fact, when it comes right down to it, the majority of people who hate Trump despise him because they hate his bombastic, aggressive style. He's "unpresidential, an embarrassment!" state virtually every Democrat (including the Dem's trained hamsters in the media) and many of his #NeverTrump detractors among the GOP.

Victor Davis Hansen has written a compelling article on just what the Dems have to offer the country in 2020 [read the whole thing]. In that article VDH addresses Trump's conduct this way:
... we are told that the boisterous Trump, our first president without military or political experience prior to his election, has disgraced the office. In his 30 months since January 2017, how exactly has he done so, at least by the somewhat low bar of past presidential standards?

Did Trump conduct liaisons in the presidential bed or restroom or office in the manner of liberal lions such as FDR, JFK, or Bill Clinton? Did he habitually use the N-word or expose himself to staffers, as did the great civil-rights icon LBJ?

Is his terminal health condition now kept from the media in the conspiratorial fashion of Woodrow Wilson or FDR?

Is the Trump Foundation flush with infusions of hundreds of millions of dollars, as was the case with the Clinton Foundation during Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state? Does President Trump have a tendency to get handsy at public events, or come up behind female teenagers or blow in their ears à la Vice President Joe Biden? Did he weaponize the IRS, the DOJ, the FBI, and the CIA the way Obama-administration officials did to sabotage a political opponent’s campaign? Has Attorney General Barr surveilled the communications of Associated Press reporters in the fashion of Eric Holder?

Or perhaps Trump’s twitter crudity is shocking given the sober comportment of his current would-be presidential opponents. Has Trump, then, promised to take Joe Biden behind the gym and physically beat him up, or warned Cory Booker that in a testosterone rage he would beat him up too, as both have bragged about doing to Trump? Did he whip racial animosity in the manner of Elizabeth Warren by falsely alleging that the Ferguson shooting, thoroughly investigated by the Obama Justice Department, was murder?

... The progressive party, many past presidents, the media, and Hollywood didn’t need to be schooled by Donald Trump on the arts of crudity, unprofessionalism, and unethical behavior.
Gosh, when you look at it that way, maybe Trump isn't quite as "crude" and unpresidential as some people say he is.