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1Trump Clarification Syndrome Empty Trump Clarification Syndrome on 8/23/2019, 7:41 pm




In December, 2003, the columnist Charles Krauthammer made a brief return to his first career, as a psychiatrist. Writing in the Washington Post, he said,
“It has been 25 years since I discovered a psychiatric syndrome (for the record: ‘Secondary Mania,’ Archives of General Psychiatry, November 1978), and in the interim I haven’t been looking for new ones. But it’s time to don the white coat again. A plague is abroad in the land. Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency—nay—the very existence of George W. Bush.”

Krauthammer, who studied psychiatry at Harvard Medical School before becoming disenchanted with the profession, wryly, if predictably, located the worst of the “epidemic” on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and in “the tonier parts of Los Angeles.” Some of the most acute sufferers, he said, included Barbra Streisand, Paul Krugman, Bill Moyers, and John Dean. The leading institutional culprit was the liberal media. “The sad news is that there is no cure,” he concluded. “But there is hope. There are many fine researchers seeking that cure. Your donation to the BDS Foundation, no matter how small, can help. Mailing address: Republican National Committee, Washington, D.C., Attention: psychiatric department. Just make sure your amount does not exceed $2,000 ($4,000 for a married couple).”

This specimen of op-ed high jinks came not long after the American invasion of Iraq. Some joke. No matter. The phrase “Bush Derangement Syndrome” stuck around for years, a deflector shield wielded by right-wing gladiators, even as the invasion proved a colossal disaster and the economy, thanks in part to the Administration’s enthusiasm for deregulation, sank into its worst slump since the Great Depression. The implication was that the real culprits of the era were not the policymakers in the White House but the critics baying their irrational ravings.

Krauthammer spent his political youth as a liberal-ish speechwriter for Walter Mondale and ended up a neocon on Fox News. Asked once about his rightward journey, he remarked, “I was young once.” But, as deep as his conservatism ran, Krauthammer, who died last year, refused to get in line with Donald Trump. (In 2016, he voted for an unnamed third-party candidate.) “I used to think Trump was an eleven-year-old, an undeveloped bully,” he wrote in the Post, in an analysis that was as much psychiatric as it was political. “I was off by about ten years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval, and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value—indeed exists—only insofar as it sustains and inflates him.” Trump, naturally, responded with his customary Burkean eloquence, tweeting that Krauthammer was “a dummy” and “an overrated clown.”

Since the last election, many Republican politicians and pundits have updated Krauthammer’s phrase and have used “Trump Derangement Syndrome” to describe what they see as a mass of mush-minded lefties who lose their minds at the mere mention of the President’s name. Just a few weeks ago, the publisher, author, and convicted felon Conrad Black, who, coincidentally, received a full pardon from Trump last year, trotted it out for a piece in National Review.

But it is hard to know what such defenders make of their hero after, say, these recent August days, in which Trump has, in no particular order, uttered, then repeated, an anti-Semitic slur about the “loyalty” of Jewish Democrats; expressed admiration for the “legendary” industrialist Henry Ford, who was also the publisher of “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem”; retweeted praise from a conspiracy-mongering radio host who said that Trump is practically “the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God”; reneged on a promise to establish background checks for gun buyers, after checking in for moral guidance with Wayne LaPierre, of the National Rifle Association; doubled down on a trade war with China that threatens to help spark a self-imposed recession; and cancelled a trip to Denmark because the Danish leadership had rebuffed his desire to buy Greenland in a manner that Trump, a stickler for etiquette, thought was “very not nice.” In the midst of an extended, hallucinatory press session out on the White House lawn, with Marine One providing an ominous “Apocalypse Now” chopper roar to the scene, Trump gazed briefly at the sky and remarked, “I am the Chosen One.”

One might ask Lord Black of Crossharbour and other Trumpists, Who exactly is deranged here? Is there still some mystery?

Again and again, Trump’s top advisers––Daniel Coats, Gary Cohn, James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, H. R. McMaster, and John Kelly among them––have left the White House clutching their heads, their dignity and nerves in rags, realizing that they have served a President who is unreachable, beyond cure and counsel; a man of rotten character, blatant instability, and zero empathy; an empty but radically dangerous human being, who occupies the highest office in the land. “I think the guy is losing it, mentally,” Anthony Scaramucci, the six-day White House communications director, said recently, after watching another sweaty performance by the President. While Scaramucci can hardly claim Charles Krauthammer’s medical training, it becomes increasingly impossible to contradict such a diagnosis. And yet does this week seem markedly different from other soul-depleting weeks in which the President of the United States, who dismisses the transformation of the global climate as a “Chinese hoax,” lays waste to countless environmental laws and tweets racist canards that inspire the dark imaginings of mass shooters? Trump seems perilously close to some kind of final unwinding. Just today, he tweeted, “My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, [Federal Reserve Chairman] Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?”

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2Trump Clarification Syndrome Empty Re: Trump Clarification Syndrome on 8/24/2019, 12:06 am

Good article, on point (and in the past I never thought I'd say this, but I wish Krauthammer were still around).  But what the hell is to be done about it, if anything at all, prior to November 2020/January 2021??

Conservative media would lead one to believe that the impeachment investigations are going nowhere, much ado about not very much (thanks to being blocked at every turn), and it sure looks that way.   My family's own long-held dream for this thoroughly fraudulent man of zero integrity to be exposed in no uncertain terms as the dangerous snake oil salesman he is, seems to be dead or dying.

Is there any hope left for us at all, I wonder?  

I think this nation is profoundly depressed, and I don't mean economically (though that's certainly a possibility to follow).

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3Trump Clarification Syndrome Empty Re: Trump Clarification Syndrome on 8/24/2019, 10:52 am

RealLindaL wrote:Good article, on point (and in the past I never thought I'd say this, but I wish Krauthammer were still around).  But what the hell is to be done about it, if anything at all, prior to November 2020/January 2021??

Conservative media would lead one to believe that the impeachment investigations are going nowhere, much ado about not very much (thanks to being blocked at every turn), and it sure looks that way.   My family's own long-held dream for this thoroughly fraudulent man of zero integrity to be exposed in no uncertain terms as the dangerous snake oil salesman he is, seems to be dead or dying.

Is there any hope left for us at all, I wonder?  

I think this nation is profoundly depressed, and I don't mean economically (though that's certainly a possibility to follow).

DJT thinks causing uncertainty is a great negotiating tool. He thrives in chaos. His every day Tweets and WH lawn helicopter press shoutings continue to stir the pot. It is not possible to estimate the stress he has put the nation under.
The mental health of the country will vastly improve, once we are rid of him in office. The problem then will be to repair and recover from this dark episode.

Have I mentioned this fear before: the damage he could inflict between the November loss in 2020 and the inauguration of his successor in January 2021? Imagine the things he could do in that time period.  

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4Trump Clarification Syndrome Empty Re: Trump Clarification Syndrome on 8/24/2019, 6:00 pm

RealLindaL wrote:Good article, on point (and in the past I never thought I'd say this, but I wish Krauthammer were still around).  But what the hell is to be done about it, if anything at all, prior to November 2020/January 2021??

Conservative media would lead one to believe that the impeachment investigations are going nowhere, much ado about not very much (thanks to being blocked at every turn), and it sure looks that way.   My family's own long-held dream for this thoroughly fraudulent man of zero integrity to be exposed in no uncertain terms as the dangerous snake oil salesman he is, seems to be dead or dying.

Is there any hope left for us at all, I wonder?  

I think this nation is profoundly depressed, and I don't mean economically (though that's certainly a possibility to follow).

I didn't even know Krauthammer was gone, but I surely don't miss him.  He was quite the cheerleader for Bush and the Iraq War.  But, as the article stated, we can't lose hope.  I'm praying that in the next few days, all of Drumpf's horribly corrupt history will become public knowledge.  He's probably been laundering Russian money since the '90's.

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5Trump Clarification Syndrome Empty Re: Trump Clarification Syndrome on 8/25/2019, 1:36 am

Floridatexan wrote:I didn't even know Krauthammer was gone, but I surely don't miss him.  He was quite the cheerleader for Bush and the Iraq War.  But, as the article stated, we can't lose hope.  I'm praying that in the next few days, all of Drumpf's horribly corrupt history will become public knowledge.  He's probably been laundering Russian money since the '90's.

Krauthammer was all you say but he was also one of the most outspoken conservatives against Donald Trump, despising him just as thoroughly as does George Will.

What makes you think anything major will actually be revealed about Trump's corruption "in the next few days"?

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6Trump Clarification Syndrome Empty Re: Trump Clarification Syndrome on 8/25/2019, 12:50 pm

RealLindaL wrote:
Floridatexan wrote:I didn't even know Krauthammer was gone, but I surely don't miss him.  He was quite the cheerleader for Bush and the Iraq War.  But, as the article stated, we can't lose hope.  I'm praying that in the next few days, all of Drumpf's horribly corrupt history will become public knowledge.  He's probably been laundering Russian money since the '90's.

Krauthammer was all you say but he was also one of the most outspoken conservatives against Donald Trump, despising him just as thoroughly as does George Will.

What makes you think anything major will actually be revealed about Trump's corruption "in the next few days"?

Congress will reconvene, and hopefully the court case Drumpf has filed to keep his records secret will be resolved.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/22/heres-what-you-need-know-about-trumps-suit-keep-his-finances-secret/?arc404=true

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7Trump Clarification Syndrome Empty Re: Trump Clarification Syndrome on 8/25/2019, 1:36 pm

Floridatexan wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:
What makes you think anything major will actually be revealed about Trump's corruption "in the next few days"?

Congress will reconvene, and hopefully the court case Drumpf has filed to keep his records secret will be resolved.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/22/heres-what-you-need-know-about-trumps-suit-keep-his-finances-secret/?arc404=true

We can always hope, but personally I don't see anything terribly encouraging in the linked article.

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