Conservatives have been accusing the left of Trump Derangement Syndrome, but I think it’s worth noting that had any other Republican won in 2016, their rhetoric and anger would be exactly the same. In May of 2018, I wrote the following about the left’s attitude toward Republican presidents and presidential candidates:
So why should we care that Democrats call Trump “Hitler” and “Not My President” and long for the days when Bush (whom they called “Hitler” and “Not My President”) was in office? Does anyone believe this to be a genuine appreciation or just politically expedient reckoning? They don’t miss Bush now because Trump is Trump, they miss Bush now because he’s no longer in power and they got eight years of Obama.
Let’s consider the evidence.
In 2008, John McCain (currently the left’s favorite Republican) was compared to Hitler by Madonna at a concert. Had he been elected over Obama, she probably would have fantasized about blowing up the White House then as well. McCain was also likened to Nazis in an episode of The Family Guy. Left-wing website Slate also called the moderate McCain “worse than Bush.”
The next Hitler was Mitt Romney in 2012. Obama advisor David Axelrod even made a Romney/Hitler comparison. And various Democrat leaders and delegates were making similar comparisons. Now that Romney has spoken out against Trump, he’s not so bad.
I think it’s about time that we acknowledge that the left isn’t suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, they’re suffering from Republican Derangement Syndrome.
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