Opinion: The Trump Derangement Syndrome continues with College admissions scandal and Alex Trebek

Mar 14, 2019 at 11:00 am by clervin

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Everything isn't about Donald Trump, people.

First, it was the Alex Trebek cancer story then the college admission cheating scandal. Leftist commentators have sought to link these stories back to President Trump- the source of all that is bad in the world obviously.

This need to blame is also reminiscent of the Obama administration's constant and consistent blaming of GW -- either George W. Bush or Global Warming, for all the problems they couldn't solve. It was never their fault. Hillary must have been listening at that time; none of her problems have been of her own making or the result of her shortcomings; it's all a giant conspiracy against her.

You see a trend here? If you understand yourself as a victim, then wherever you are in life, it's someone else's fault, never your own.

Sorry, I digress.

A Washington Post editor used "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek's tragic cancer diagnosis to fire a shot at President Donald Trump in a Friday op-ed titled, "We're not just mourning Alex Trebek. We're mourning the truth."

After lamenting the postmodern demise of objective truth, Washington Post opinion editor Drew Goins then wrung his hands over the election of Trump. According to Goins, Trump has "made 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years in office" so we now live in an era where the truth doesn't matter -- and its Trump's fault.

"We arguably live in an anti-expertise world. Americans can't tell opinion from fact. Truth has always been valuable, but its present scarcity makes it feel especially precious." 

Goins concluded, "The loss of Trebek means the loss of a zone where the truth is clear and uncontested."

Following that apocalyptic pronouncement, "CNN Tonight" anchor Don Lemon tied President Trump to the college admissions cheating scandal.

Lemon attempted to connect Trump to the college admissions scam on Tuesday night by saying the president also benefited from a rigged system that favors the elite.

When Lemon tackled the controversy during his opening monologue, he called it "disturbing" that such well-off families would go to such lengths to get their children into college and quickly pivoted to Trump.

The "CNN Tonight" host said that such a scandal can reinforce many people's beliefs that the "system is rigged against them," something he noted was a theme during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

"This is what Donald Trump tapped into and in a lot of ways, guess what, he was right," Lemon conceded before using the scandal as the impetus to mention the president's own upbringing.

"A lot of people will point out, and they have every right to do so, that Donald Trump himself is a beneficiary of a system that's rigged in favor of the elite.

"He was a millionaire by age eight," Lemon shrugged.

Lemon declared the system rigged in favor of the wealthy and the powerful and added, "a whole lot of people in this country on the left and on the right are angry about that."

However, a little electoral history reveals there's no consistency to Lemon's argument. Democratic Presidents FDR and JFK were born into wealthy, privileged families and went on to become presidents, but so did Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, neither born into anything resembling wealth and privilege.

A writer at The Atlantic Magazine also tried to blame President Donald Trump for the bribery scandal.

In an article entitled, "The College-Admissions Scandal and the Warped Fantasy of the American Scam," Megan Garber of The Atlantic argued that Trump is normalizing fraud and "grifting."

She claims, "the logic of the con—the perversity of it—is becoming normalized" and, "An alleged grifter sits in the Oval Office, near a bust of Andrew Jackson and the nuclear codes."

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy stated in response, "Someone needs to tell whoever wrote that article that the voices she's hearing in her head aren't real. That is, to try to turn this into Trump's fault, is to say it's a bridge too far, is a gross understatement. It's absurd."

Piggybacking on that idea, Donald J. Trump is absolutely living in the heads of people like Don Lemon and Megan Garber rent-free. In blaming him for everything though, they keep his profile high and keeping him tweeting.

I ask if you hate him so much, which is obvious, why do you actually stoke his ego? You loath his constant Twitter use, but your never-ending vitriol about him precipitates much of it.

He claims he uses Twitter constantly to correct the constant steam of lies and misinformation about him.

So stop handing him ammunition already.


I couldn’t help but reflect upon how everything wrong with the country today is still Obama’s fault, or the Democrat’s fault, despite the fact that Obama hasn’t been president for quite some time now, and the Republicans have held the majority power in government for the past two years. The projection was almost overwhelming. You play the role of victim oh so well. The hypocrisy was laughable. Trump Derangement Syndrome is very real: his rabid followers are absolutely deranged, driven there by their unquestioning obedience for their dear leader.
Did you read my article? Maybe your making your own point separate from mine because I never blamed former President Obama for anything. He doesn't live rent-free in my head.
The "blame Trump" derangement continues. I'm paraphrasing other news reports here: "As far as I can understand from the highly redacted and still understandably highly confused reports, the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump (R), was not the shooter in the tragic slaughter at a mosque in New Zealand. Multiple and reliable witnesses, including CNN reporters (OK, they're not so reliable), have placed the president in Washington, D.C. at the time of the shootings. However, prolific Democrat tweeters Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Senator Chris Coons wasted no time in linking Trump to the tragic slaughter at a mosque in New Zealand. The lesson: Never let a good crisis go to waste. Tragic victims of TDS, the Democrats' hate of Trump is so deep that they unashamedly exploit a tragedy in a country halfway across the world for their own hate-filled benefit.
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