In the first article of this series, the question of whether or not Trump Derangement Syndrome is a reality was explored. The conclusion was that it is indeed real and has severely infected the Left. The possibility exists that this infection is also dangerous to the nation as a whole.
A Recent Display of Dangerous TDS
It is amazing that the leftist media has so recently exhibited confirmation of having TDS. One story, in particular, is noteworthy. It involves the blatant and deliberate mischaracterized quote that President Trump had called immigrants, “animals.”
It was clear from video and audio that the president was calling MS-13 gang members, “animals.” It was impossible for NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, N.Y. Times, et. al not to have known the full context of the quote. Yet the part about MS-13 was left out of those supposedly truthful stories.
What is even more amazing and dangerous is what happened when the left-media were exposed as liars. Many of them actually defended MS-13 and still criticized Trump for his comments! Not only the media, but prominent politicians such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer also rushed to essentially defending MS-13 against Trump’s comments.
The Inherent Dangers of TDS
Trump Derangement Syndrome is more than simply a political plague. It carries with it dangers inherent in its nature. Dangers that pose a real threat to the United States.
These dangers exist because of the reality distortions in the leftist media which connect with the opinions and proposals of politicians. These are disseminated to the leftist public base which also contracted TDS since the election.
The most violent of these dangers occurs at the public level. However, that is not where the process begins. Moreover, at each part of this sequence, dangerous consequences raise their frightening heads.
TDS Is Spread Throughout the Leftist Media
Trump Derangement Syndrome is spread during this process by the leftist media outlets. Outlets such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and on cable MSNBC and CNN, get the message out by television, radio, and the internet.
In print, TDS is spread through newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post. Of course, all of the media entities engage in infecting others through the various social media platforms. In fact, the largest platforms, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter are key collaborators in spreading TDS far and wide.
This is not meant to suggest some kind of organized attempt among the leftist media. That is possibly the case, but it is far from an established truth. An organized effort is not necessary for the process to work. All that is necessary is a laser focus on the goal of taking down President Trump no matter what.
A very clear example is shown in the video above. The left-promoting media is willing to blatantly lie and misrepresent the facts in order to ‘get Trump.’
The Danger of TDS on a Personal Level
An incident from 2017 which involves CNN reacting to a Twitter post by a Trump supporter illustrates how dangerous TDS can be even toward a single citizen. This particular supporter posted a video showing a clip of Donald Trump from 2007 tackling WWE executive Vince McMahan as part of a wrestling event. The poster digitally placed the CNN logo over McMahan.
CNN went ballistic with their reaction and claimed this video was a threat to their existence and journalism in general.
Rather than swallow their pride and muster the grace to see the humor, they [CNN] decided to hunt down the original creator of the video and threaten him with online exposure of his name, address, and any other personal information they could find. This person was terrified, and rightly so. He apologized and promised never to do it again if they would not reveal his identity online. CNN “accepted” his apology and issued a statement saying they decided not to reveal his identity out of concern for his safety. However, they ended the statement stating they “reserved the right” to carry out their threat if he went back on his promise to never do it again.
The threat CNN issued was extremely serious. This would make the man’s home and workplace and even his family targets of anti-Trump protesters and perhaps worse. This is the danger of TDS on a personal level.
The Danger of TDS on a Political Level
A recent ruling by a federal judge manifests the danger of TDS in politics. This U.S. District Court judge ruled that Donald Trump cannot block people from his personal Twitter account.
This ruling is not about people being able to see Trump’s tweets. In one form or another, just about everyone, including those outside the U.S., sees Trump’s tweets. It is really about whether or not the president can stop others from harassing him via Twitter.
The ridiculous nature of this ruling was highlighted on May 24, 2018, on an episode of Buck Sexton’s radio program.
Is the president not allowed to block spam porn accounts… he’s not allowed to block Hamas from threatening from him overseas? …What I see is the reflexive ‘if it hurts Trump I’m for it’ in the Federal Judiciary and that’s serious. [this is] another federal judge suffering from a Trump Derangement Syndrome.
This embarrassing ruling from the Federal Judiciary would create a chaotic communication cyclone if taken to the logical legal end. It could mean all public officials would have no control over their own social media accounts.
It was an example of a high-level government official who targeted Trump in ruling on a lawsuit. TDS seems to have driven this decision.
The Danger of TDS in a Leftist Political-Media Alliance
The most potentially dangerous demonstration of TDS in action is a recently revealed combined effort of the influential media and political powers to take down Trump.
The recent release of emails obtained by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) show the potential dangers to the nation when TDS causes an alliance of politics and the media. These emails purport to show a coordinated attack on the president-elect by the Obama administration, the FBI, and CNN.
The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released new emails on Monday night that allegedly show that Obama administration officials coordinated with each other to help CNN run a damaging story on President-elect Donald Trump based on salacious and unverified information contained in a politically-motivated dossier financed by Trump’s political enemies.
When the media and the government and law enforcement combine to mount a political coup on the incoming administration, a form of fascism is being exercised. That is the kind of activity a despotic dictatorship engages in to prevent or destroy political opposition. It used the power of the FBI as if it were the old KGB to promote political propaganda against its adversaries through the media.
Then There Is ‘Spygate’
The final piece of evidence concerning the danger of TDS comes once again from recently released emails in connection with the Hillary Clinton email scandal. In those, an operation which was known as “Crossfire Hurricane,” was revealed. It states that the Obama FBI engaged in surveillance and the use of ‘confidential informants,’ aka spies, planted in the Trump campaign.
When this issue was first brought up by President Trump, the media and public officials scoffed at the idea of such a thing. However, now that the evidence seems clear that spying was indeed happening, the Left admits the wrongdoing and justifies it was as necessary. Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence and current CNN analyst James Clapper is one example.
Recent revelations of the extent of the anti-Trump surveillance activity have forced Trump critics to adopt a new narrative. Clapper now says spying on the campaign was actually a good thing.
It is difficult to believe Clapper is serious unless one diagnoses him as being afflicted with TDS. This was a targeted effort to keep the reins of political power within the hands of the Left using the federal government’s power as the weapon. A further bit of fascist tactics by the carriers of TDS.
TDS Can Be Fought and Eradicated
Trump Derangement Syndrome is a very nasty and dangerous condition. But there are steps which can be taken to fight against it and perhaps even eradicate this infection of the leftist mind.
The key step toward erasing TDS in the media is economic. The leftist media has to have ratings to ensure profitability. People are beginning to vote with their viewing habits and recent polling suggests this may be translating to voting with their ballots in November.
If the mid-terms become a referendum on the policies of the Trump administration then those infected with TDS would be less able to spread the noxious ailment in the government.
This battle to restore a modicum of sanity and justice to our institutions requires one final and essential element to succeed. It requires turning to the Divine Author of our liberty both in repentance and in faith for His aid.
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 [ESV]
The plague of TDS and its destructive effects will not be stopped without the courage, wisdom, strength, and healing provided by the LORD. Christians are called by the name of Christ the LORD. If such humble repentance and true seeking of God would occur among Christians, the healing of the nation would surely follow.
The Holy Bible – English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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