A sev­ered head is a sign of spread­ing Trump Derange­ment Syndrome

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - MATT MACKOWIAK

By now you’ve seen the taste­less, shock­ing, gruesome and dis­grace­ful im­age of third-rate come­di­enne Kathy Grif­fin hold­ing a prop meant to be the bloody, sev­ered head of Pres­i­dent Trump. Ap­par­ently, im­peach­ment is in­suf­fi­cient for some Trump haters; be­head­ing is the only fair pun­ish­ment.

Soon af­ter this im­age made its way around the world on so­cial me­dia, news broke that the Se­cret Ser­vice wanted to talk to Ms. Grif­fin, caus­ing her to hur­riedly pub­lish an apol­ogy video.

Af­ter nearly 24 hours of pub­lic out­cry, CNN fi­nally cut ties with Ms. Grif­fin, who co-hosts their painfully awk­ward an­nual New Year’s Eve tele­cast.

Out­ra­geous lan­guage has been es­ca­lat­ing for weeks. What be­gan with a sex­u­ally ex­plicit and vul­gar on-air “joke” by CBS late night host Stephen Col­bert led to Ms. Grif­fin’s provoca­tive out­burst. Each un­be­liev­able lash­ing out aims to outdo its pre­de­ces­sor.

I would hope all sane Amer­i­cans can agree that Kathy Grif­fin’s de­spi­ca­ble act was in­de­fen­si­ble.

Mr. Trump re­vealed on so­cial me­dia that the im­age up­set his young son Bar­ron, as it must have also both­ered the young chil­dren of the pres­i­dent’s older chil­dren. Ms. Grif­fin thought she was be­ing funny, which her ca­reer has shown is never the case. But more than that, she in­tended to gal­va­nize the an­gry Left, which has con­sis­tently tar­geted, dele­git­imized and at­tacked this pres­i­dent in ways this coun­try has never seen.

Con­ser­va­tives were deeply trou­bled by Pres­i­dent Obama’s march to­ward Euro­pean-style so­cial­ism, with big-govern­ment poli­cies, un­con­sti­tu­tional ac­tions and sti­fling reg­u­la­tions. But I don’t re­call im­ages of his sev­ered head be­ing shared by celebri­ties.

Most Repub­li­cans have pub­licly ad­mired Barack Obama the man, the hus­band, and the fa­ther. I know I cer­tainly have. Pol­icy dis­agree­ments need not limit per­sonal ad­mi­ra­tion.

But in the first 41⁄2 months, lib­er­als and Democrats have be­come un­hinged in their re­lent­less at­tacks on Mr. Trump. Rarely do those at­tacks men­tion pol­icy, resorting in­stead to per­sonal in­vec­tive and ad hominem at­tacks.

I rec­og­nize that Mr. Trump’s agenda has strong sup­port among his base and faces strong op­po­si­tion from Democrats. It was a close elec­tion, and vot­ers clearly have strong opin­ions about this pres­i­dent.

But so far Democrats only have been will­ing to op­pose Mr. Trump, at times with vi­cious lan­guage, rather than pro­pose their own agenda. That ap­proach has its lim­i­ta­tions. What do Democrats stand for? How would they grow the econ­omy? How would they “fix” Oba­macare?

Spe­cial elec­tions in Kansas and Mon­tana re­sulted in Demo­cratic losses, and the first round in Ge­or­gia saw the Demo­cratic can­di­date fall short of the 50 per­cent thresh­old needed to claim the seat out­right.

Mr. Trump told us we would get tired of win­ning. When will Democrats get tired of los­ing?

The rabid left wing base de­mands 24/7 op­po­si­tion to Mr. Trump, with zero tol­er­ance for dis­senters.

Trump Derange­ment Syndrome has in­fested Democrats like Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters, the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat who has called for im­peach­ment but can­not ex­plain what statutes would ap­ply.

Trump Derange­ment Syndrome in­fected those New York stu­dents who re­fused to lis­ten to Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Betsy DeVos and around 100 stu­dents at Notre Dame Univer­sity who walked out of the com­mence­ment ad­dress given by Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence.

Trump Derange­ment Syndrome has struck Rep. Joaquin Cas­tro, Texas Demo­crat, who sev­eral weeks ago said he wouldn’t be sur­prised if Mr. Trump and his as­so­ci­ates “ended up in jail,” even though he is sup­pos­edly par­tic­i­pat­ing in an “im­par­tial” in­ves­ti­ga­tion as a mem­ber of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee.

Trump Derange­ment Syndrome has con­tam­i­nated MSNBC host Joe Scar­bor­ough, who on Tues­day claimed that Mr. Trump’s first for­eign trip was the worst by a U.S. pres­i­dent since 1961.

Where does it end? When will the Left po­lice its own? When will the Democrats start to put coun­try be­fore party?

When, in short, is enough go­ing to be enough?

Matt Mackowiak is the pres­i­dent of Austin­based Po­tomac Strat­egy Group, a Repub­li­can con­sul­tant, a Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and BushCheney re-elec­tion cam­paign vet­eran, and for­mer press sec­re­tary to two U.S. sen­a­tors. He is the host of a new na­tional pol­i­tics pod­cast, “Mack on Pol­i­tics,” pro­duced in part­ner­ship with The Wash­ing­ton Times. His pod­cast may be found at wash­ing­ton­times.com/mack­on­pol­i­tics.

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