Ever since President Donald Trump won the election, the Democrats – and a few Republicans – have suffered from what has popularly been referred to as Trump Derangement Syndrome. The latest installment in this ongoing saga is that Trump allegedly “instructed,” “asked” or “put pressure” on former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. CNN, for instance, writes:
Taken at face value, the disclosures about the Comey memo appear to provide the clearest sign yet that Trump tried to pressure the FBI and the Justice Department over the Russia investigation.
But what did the Comey memo actually say? According to the very same CNN article, Trump had told Comey “I hope you can let this go.” In the English dictionary, “instruct,” “put pressure on” or “ask” are not listed as synonyms for “hope.” The very fact that Trump uses this vague and impotent term shows that he was precisely not giving Comey an instruction, and implies an awareness of the limits of his powers as president.
Democrats immediately pushed allegations that Trump “obstructed justice.” These are the same Democrats who have no problems with district judges who take it upon themselves to stop Trump’s executive orders. According to Daniel E. Horowitz, Senior Editor of Conservative Review and author of “Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America,” these actions by district judges are unconstitutional and therefore the true obstructions of justice.
Those who claim parallels to the Watergate scandal would have had a point if either Trump or Flynn had broken the law. However, there are no indications that any laws were broken. Flynn was already investigated, which was what lead to Trump having to fire him as national security advisor. Flynn’s contact with the Russians was not illegal, and if it had been nefarious, it would have already been leaked to the press by Trump’s opponents in the Deep State. The fact that no incriminating evidence has been leaked means that probably no such evidence exists.
In fact, the Democrats’ obsession with Russia, is yet another installment in the ongoing Trump Derangement Syndrome. For some reason, Democrats apparently believe that Trump is a Russian puppet or spy. The context for Trump’s comments to Comey about hoping he would “let it go” is likely that Trump is tired of diverting precious time and energy to a non-existing problem hallucinated by people who refuse to accept that he won the election.
In its first installment, Trump was “literally Hitler,” and every Trump-supporter was a basket of deplorables: sexists, racists, homophobes, Islamophobes, etc. Next, he was a danger to world peace and would start World War III. When that didn’t happen, and he proved capable of handling international relations just fine, the focus was on him as a Russian spy. When he stepped on Putin’s toes by bombing Syria, the Russian spy hallucination faded.
When he fired Comey, Trump Derangement Syndrome reasserted itself. Then the Democrats hallucinated that Trump was Nixon (who incidentally was also accused of being Hitler), and in the middle of a new Watergate scandal. Then he was allegedly “leaking” classified information to the Russians, even though three of his ministers were in the meeting with him, who all confirmed that Trump did not do anything wrong.
What will be the next episode of Trump Derangement Syndrome? Will it be that Trump secretly is planning to defect to Russia? Or maybe that he has conspired with aliens? Bring out the popcorn and stay tuned.