"Trump Derangement Syndrome" seems to be alive and well some nine months after Trump exited the White House. In fact, if one is to believe op-ed writer Jonathan Chait, there's nothing about Republican politics in general that's compatible with democracy.
In a recent New York Magazine editorial titled "Anybody Fighting Joe Biden Now is Helping Trump's Next Coup," Chait argues that Trump is likely to be the next GOP presidential candidate – and therefore "anything advancing the Republican Party is a vehicle for Trump's attack on the Constitution."
Conservative radio talk-show host Jeff Crank says the Left's mindless loathing of the 45th president is warming up in the bullpen. "These are the tactics of Saul Alinsky: demonize your opponent," he tells AFN. "[To the Left] it's not good enough to just beat them in an election – you want to demonize them and marginalize them so that their voice is outlawed."
Crank points out that Chait offers nary a shred of evidence that Trump is a threat to democracy – and suggests that the liberal writer thinks Trump's mythical connection to the January 6th riot at the Capitol is self-evident.
"It's the Joe McCarthy-type tactics on steroids – and it's what the Left seems to be practicing more and more today," he adds.
Crank predicts the public is likely to see more Trump Derangement Syndrome as the midterms approach. "The more they get backed into a corner [and] the more Joe Biden's poll numbers go down, the more you'll see this kind of demonization," he says.
Still, the talk-show host agrees with one thing Chait wrote: that even though Trump may have a lot to overcome with some voters, he's likely to be the GOP standard bearer in 2024.
"[Trump's] got a lot of negatives," he concludes. "He doesn't see those [and] he doesn't care about those – and Trump supporters don't see them or care about them [either]."
A poll published late last month indicates no other possible Republican contender comes close to matching Trump's popularity among Republican voters, and that he would be the prohibitive favorite to win the GOP nomination should he decide to run again in 2024.