From the moment Donald Trump descended that escalator in Trump Tower more than four years ago, a coalition of the political establishment, the left, and the media has demonstrated a willingness to spy on, attack, and defame this man to a degree once thought inconceivable. They have done so on the basis that Trump represents a unique threat to the republic. And now, to justify their unprecedented assault on a sitting president, they have upped the ante by slipping the e-word ever so surreptitiously into their messaging and talking points.
Emergency. Forget Hurricane Dorian. We’re talking about something far more serious: an emergency that threatens the very soul of the nation, one that transcends the lasting damage of mere extreme weather and even climate change denial.
The Trump Emergency
The claim is simple, if deranged. And it is thoroughly indicative of the left’s one-step thinking: Trump threatens everything we hold dear, so we shall simply declare the duly elected president to be the equivalent of a natural disaster that was produced by forces beyond our control, and thus justify any and all measures required, ethical or not, legal or not, defensible or not, to combat this plague upon the land.
Never mind that Trump won the presidency fair and square. He broke all the rules of how you’re supposed to win an election, they say to themselves, so we can do the same in trying to take him down.
In other words, all bets are off. Voters be damned. Trump is an emergency, so the rules are out the window and all measures to take him down, no matter how extreme, are on the table.
In this fantasy world where “hands up, don’t shoot” is still a reality, rampant white supremacy relegates helpless minorities to bondage, evil corporations are deliberately destroying the planet, and Trump is literally Hitler, facts no longer matter.
There is a word for this: psychosis. The leftists have become unglued, divorced from reality, so driven by hate and rage that they can no longer process information normally. Put in simplest terms, this means the psychotic left sees, hears, and believes things that aren’t real.
Exaggerating, am I? Consider just a trio of recent statements — and there are, of course, so many more — from once-respectable individuals, and ask yourself if any of this would have ever been said of even conservative devils Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, or George W. Bush … and if the people who uttered them are in control of their faculties.
From Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director of counterintelligence at the FBI, on MSNBC, after Trump flew flags at half-mast Aug. 6-8 (8/6 through 8/8) for the victims of twin mass shootings: “The numbers ‘88’ are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter ‘H’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet and, to them, the numbers ‘88’ together stand for ‘Heil Hitler.’ So, we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8.”
From Allen Frances, chairman of the Psychiatry Department at Duke University, on CNN, responding to many of his fellow leftists calling Trump mentally ill: “[I]t stigmatizes the mentally ill. I’ve known thousands of patients, almost all of them have been well-behaved, well-mannered, good people. Trump is none of these. Lumping the mentally ill with Trump is a terrible insult to the mentally ill … [C]alling Trump crazy hides the fact that we’re crazy for having elected him … Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were” (emphasis added).
Those two deranged leftists — and many like them — are put on display by a media bitter and broken by Trump, for he has famously called them out as no politician before, refusing to allow their unfiltered bias to go unchallenged. But the media are ultimately doing the bidding of craven left-wing politicians like Beto “don’t call me Robert Francis” O’Rourke. During a presidential campaign in which he has engaged in an unbroken cacophony of virtue-signaling and self-flagellation on account of his suddenly unacceptable white privilege, Beto said after the El Paso shooting: “We have a president right now who traffics in this hatred, who incites this violence, who calls … asylum seekers animals and an infestation. You may call a cockroach an infestation. You may use that word in the Third Reich to describe those who are undesirable, who must be put down because they are subhuman …”
You will likely have some of your own “if you thought that was bad …” entries in the left-wing psychosis sweepstakes, but by this time, we should stipulate that these leftists must really believe the jaw-dropping things they say and do. That’s why it’s called psychosis. But no matter the evident mental illness betrayed in their statements and actions, what leftists have concocted in their minds about the evil and sickness of Trump is their reality.
And this should, in the end, perhaps be unsurprising. After all, government is the god so many leftists and swamp creatures embrace in the absence of an actual deity, so they will fight those who threaten its supremacy with every fiber of their being.
It used to be said of a guy like Trump and his enemies that he “drives them to drink.” But the 45th president has driven them well beyond the bottle. He has succeeded in pushing them to the mental breaking point, and the manifestations are truly frightening.
The Trump emergency has emboldened the elite media to shed any pretense of objectivity, as once-legitimate outlets like The New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC advance conspiracy theories about Trump that would have made the National Enquirer blush in years gone by. Mainstream journalism has been transformed into unrelenting propaganda.
Free speech is threatened as never before. Hate speech edicts are being issued far and wide. Academia and social media are literally censoring conservative content. One wonders if book burning is next.
Trump officials are assaulted verbally and physically in restaurants and places of business. Many Trump voters — though fewer than before — are fearful of admitting they support the president of the United States. Think about that.
Then consider how this psychosis has warped the left’s political judgment, most specifically on the issue of health care. Republicans’ failure to deliver on their promise to repeal Obamacare drove the Democrats to victory in 2018, so the obvious move would be to emphasize the issue again in 2020. But no. Instead, the entire top tier of candidates, except the hapless Joe Biden, plus most of the minnows in the field, have called for a government takeover of health care, handing the issue right back to the GOP. This is what’s politely called political malpractice.
The psychotic belief in the Trump emergency means that even when Trump is willing to compromise or agree with the Democrats’ position, they refuse to budge an inch. The president, for example, in 2017 offered to give the left more than they demanded on a major issue, DACA — legal status for more dreamers than even President Obama — but they categorically rejected it, because it’s Trump, and he asked for some money to build part of his wall. They have not mentioned their cherished dreamers ever since.
This psychosis, a detachment from reality, also renders Democrats incapable of doing what most every political party has done after losing an election: examine what they did wrong and change it the next time. The Democrats would have done well to focus on Hillary Clinton’s narrow losses in the previously Democrat-friendly heartland and tried simply to win back those voters who abandoned them.
But in a psychotic state, the party did the opposite, sending forth a field of radical — or pretend radical — presidential candidates who have scared the bejesus out of ordinary folk by proposing fantastical socialist policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-All that would essentially scrap the entire economy — in the midst of positive economic conditions — and start over.
This suicidal strategy is allowed to persist because Democrats are so severely addled by Trump that they cannot allow anyone to think they are basing their election strategy around winning back the voters who left their sinking ship and voted for this monster last time. Even though over 200 counties Obama won twice were captured by Trump, appealing to those labeled deplorable and irredeemable by their last presidential candidate might amount to an admission that Trump was more attractive to these voters than Hillary Clinton. And we would rather lose the next election than allow anyone to think that.
Indeed, the notion that Democrats had anything to do with the shocking rejection of the corrupt political status quo and the willingness of the populace to roll the dice on a joker in the deck like Trump does not even enter their thinking. The left is stalled in the first of the five stages of grief, denying the reality that this country could ever have legitimately elected Trump to the most powerful office in the world.
Tim Donner is a Washington Political Columnist at LibertyNation.com. Tim is a radio talk show host, former candidate for the U.S. Senate, and longtime entrepreneur, Conservatarian policy advocate, and broadcast journalist. He is Founder and President of One Generation Away, LN’s parent organization.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by LibertyNation.