Judge Jeanine Pirro had a close encounter with Trump Derangement Syndrome on The View recently. She was invited to talk about her new book Liars, Leakers and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy, but the segment ended with panel member Whoopi Goldberg going off the rails.
Pirro, a conservative judge, has been on the talk show many times before and despite significant political differences with the progressive cast, they have always been on amicable terms. She got an omen of what was about to come when the panel skipped her book and went straight for an interrogation about President Donald Trump’s policy.
When Pirro defensively said that she was there to talk about her book and not to defend Trump’s policies, Whoopi Goldberg demanded that Pirro must answer the question asked.
Eventually, Pirro did present a list of all the good things the president had accomplished, including the lowest unemployment rate in decades and a GDP growth rate pushing four percent, which appeared to trigger The View panel, and especially Whoopi.
In the heated exchange, Pirro explained their reaction to the president as a serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, pointing to Whoopi. After denying the charge, Whoopi ranted incoherently and emotionally about wicked things that she fantasized the president had said or done. In short, she displayed the typical symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
To top it off, she effectively kicked Pirro off the set. Later, on Fox News, Pirro explained that Goldberg had told her backstage, “F**k you! Get the f**k out of this building!” Gee, it’s hard to understand why anyone would suspect her of being deranged.
It didn’t seem to bother Pirro too much because the spat propelled her new book to the top of the sales charts.
If you have trouble understanding Trump Derangement Syndrome, David Lynch’s 2001 movie Mulholland Drive might provide a clue to understanding this problem.
The standard interpretation of the movie is that the main character, played by Naomi Watts, experiences a psychotic breakdown after a traumatic event – not unlike Trump winning the 2016 presidential election, in the experience of his many opponents. As a psychological defense mechanism, she enters a dream-like detective story – not unlike the Russia collusion fantasy – while in reality being curled up in terror in the fetal position in her living room.
A Mental Health Issue
Describing what the anti-Trumpers are experiencing as a form of mental breakdown may sound like hyperbole, but it could be the greatest mental health issue facing America today. When some ecstatically voted for Senator Barack Obama in 2008 they were expecting angels to land and the arrival of utopia. The Obama song “Sing for Change” captures this near-religious exaltation.
That Nirvana they were trying to hope into existence was abruptly halted on election night 2016. The leftist media accurately reported that “it was the end of their world.”
Again, that sounds like hyperbole, but it was literally their entire worldview that came crashing down that night. Many people simply could not handle it, so they became deranged and entered a dreamlike state in order to maintain mental cohesion.
No Healing any Time Soon
Although the a stream of good news from the president may slowly erode their insanity, we must be prepared that it will take the nation several years before the mental anguish of the anti-Trumpers will heal.
Meanwhile, all we can do is to ride it out, show some compassion for the deranged, and welcome them back into the fold of humanity once they return to sanity.