How to deal with people suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)

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I often compare a friend or relative suffering from (TDS) Trump Derangement Syndrome to Skip Bayless — the famed sports columnist, who scored an average of 1.4 points per game on his high school basketball team. Bayless — who has no professional basketball experience — still has the nerve to call the man who scored 38,652 points in the NBA, Lebron James, a “washed-up ex-jock” who needs to retire. 

The TDS sufferers are like armchair quarterbacks who have never done a pushup or sit up, but criticize the athlete who plays against the stiffest competition in the world. 

I get not liking Donald Trump, but you have to respect someone who dealt with governors, mayors, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve. Every prosecutor wants to jail him, and every institution wants to destroy him. The man has dealt with everything from despotic leaders, such as Kim Jong Un from North Korea and Xi Jinping from China, and has staved off nuclear armageddon with Iran. He has also battled with the likes of Klaus Schwab and Bill Gates. 

While people with TDS call Trump supporters “deplorable,” many of his detractors have no original criticism. They love to talk about how Trump meddled in the elections. But how exactly did Trump meddle in the elections? 

Many people in Washington, D.C. are infected with TDS. Although comical, it is rather pathetic that his most prominent critics never hired, managed or did a payroll. Yet, they are somehow experts on Trump’s finances. Donald Trump was a man who made billions, lost billions, hired people and lifted people out of poverty to middle-class incomes.

Washington, D.C. is the eyewall of TDS. The worst are the gun control advocates who seem not to understand why we can and should carry weapons. They love blathering on about why assault weapons should be banned. I try following their insanity. It’s hard to untangle their arguments. The same people who want to defund police want to take guns away from American citizens. This means the only people allowed to have guns will be the government, police and military. It’s basic math: fewer guns mean more power for the government. Under this arrangement, they would have more control over your liberties. Why do people want to argue for the government to have more power over you? 

The same people who lecture us on climate also swear that Donald Trump is a misogynist bigot. But many Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and poor whites see the indictments on Trump as similar to when our FBI spied on Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and planted lies about Fred Hampton, leading to the 21-year-old man’s assassination. Yet, history never told how the CIA paved the way for crack to infiltrate Black neighborhoods, which the Black community never recovered from, according to reporting first done by investigative journalist Gary Webb. 

This is why I’d rather not get into an argument with those suffering from TDS. They’re like babies with rattle tantrums but no solutions. I get if you hate Trump, but offer something besides calling him names. 

As with Skip Bayless, can you argue with TDS sufferers? 

I learned the hard way that the best way to deal with TDS sufferers is to ignore them. Instead of getting mad, leave them and find a happy home. 

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