Trump hatred does turn formerly sane people insane; instead, Trump hatred is the catalyst that reveals that people we once thought sane never were.
Last night, I watched a sad show about mental illness in children. I’d love to tell you what it was, but I walked in on it while Mr. Bookworm was already watching and never did find out either the show’s name or even the network on which it played.
What I can tell you is this: The show followed three boys, all with scary behaviors that exceeded their parents’ ability to cope with them. In each case, the parents were terrified that their sons would either commit suicide or harm other people. The show was a reminder that mental illness is a disease every bit as destructive as cancer — and, unlike cancer, the person with the disease is not the only one battling the illness.
Trump hatred is a form of insanity. Trump haters are completely unhinged from reality. They’re deeply enmeshed in paranoid delusions that play out against the background of their own unhealthy obsessions.
Although President Trump has never exceeded his constitutional mandate, Trump hatred insists that he’s an insane fascist who will reduce Americans to the level of citizens in Nazi Germany or even North Korea. Although President Trump was one of the leaders in placing women in management positions in high-end real estate development, and continues to place women in high positions, Trump hatred insists that he seeks to return American women to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. Although President Trump has always supported gay marriage, Trump hatred insists that he’s radically homophobic. Although President Trump got awards from black groups for the opportunities he gave blacks, Trump hatred insists that he’s a reincarnation of Arkansas governor Orval Eugene Faubus. Although President Trump may well have led to the end of the Korean War, Trump hatred insists that he’s a dangerous warmonger. And on and on.
My point is that the anti-Trump delusions are completely unrelated to the reality that is President Trump. Progressives have left reality behind and are living in a nightmare of their own making, one in which they see their obsessions — race, sex, religion, violence, etc. — played out against a make-believe Trumpian backdrop.
It’s this genuine insanity that explains the entrants on Don Surber’s “Trump Effect” list. That list tracks all the famous people who have attacked Trump and documents their epic falls from grace. What makes the list so good is that, as Don points out, Trump never has nothing to do with a given person’s fall. Instead, for all of these Trump haters, it’s their own insanity that drags them down.
Eric Schneiderman is only most recent person on the list, but he is the embodiment of the way in which Trump hatred reveals a person’s long-standing insanity. He’s a fanatic Trump hater who has used chameleon tactics to hide amongst the Left. Foremost among these tactics is his claim that he is, above all, an ardent protector of American womenhood, as that womenhood is defined by the modern Left: she wants to have abortions and march in pink hats. It turns out, of course, that Schneiderman is an alcoholic, sadistic, misogynistic racist. Trump did not create those qualities in Schneiderman. Instead, the fact that Schneiderman possesses those qualities is what led him to hate Trump.
In his post adding Schneiderman to the Trump Effect list, Don points to a wonderful series of tweets by Thomas Wictor that explain how the very act of Trump hatred justifies an insanity diagnosis. Because I find it hard to read Twitter threads on blog posts, I’ll give you Wictor’s first tweet, which includes a link to his thread, and then just have the text of the thread below: [Read more…]