As a Nazi, President Trump has proved lackluster. The brownshirts and concentration camps that Hollywood types warned us to expect haven’t materialized. As an authoritarian, too, Trump is falling short of expectations: When judges defy his executive orders, he doesn’t send in the goon squads. He simply sends out a couple of tweets.
Liberals these days, especially showbiz types, are subtly altering the way they frame Trump. They can’t plausibly identify anything he’s actually done as an outrage to the Republic. So they’re internalizing the supposed Trump threat, claiming injury to their psyches, their souls, their selves. Insidiously, the harm Trump does comes disguised as harm they are doing to themselves. He won’t play along with their fantasy that he’s Hitler, so they’re devising an alternate fantasy where he’s more of a . . . witch.
Just as the Salem witches were blamed for the convulsions, mysterious ailments, and inscrutable gabble of a group of girls, the 31-year-old swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen, a proud left-wing Resistresse, complains that Trump is to blame for her anxiety and teeth grinding. She demands that the president compensate her by paying for her Botox injections.
“So f*** tired of this manically insane, incompetent president and this dumpster fire administration I’m gonna have to go on another med,” Teigen tweeted. “That is not a joke,” she added. “I think I need to either up my dosage or talk to my doctor to ‘see what works for me’ when the world explodes.”
Being more specific, she complained: “Today I had a tooth shaved down because crippling anxiety makes me grind and rock my teeth on one side. I blame trump.” Moreover, Teigen revealed, “I also had Botox in my jaw muscle to relieve tension from constantly clinching [sic]. I was not like this before. Pay my bill, POS POTUS.” (POS is a rude Internet acronym. It does not mean “piece of sunshine.”)
Like the Salem witches, Trump has provoked irrational outbursts and episodes of sudden raving that get mistaken for physical torment. The comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted after the election that she and others were suffering a “spiritual and emotional” Great Depression, adding, “Our bodies r breaking down w fear and rage.” Silverman later provided evidence that Trump was causing her mind, at least, to break down, when she mistook utility-company markings on sidewalks for swastikas.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed that “all the mental health experts” it consulted agreed that Los Angeles was in the grip of a Trump-induced mental-health crisis — an actual syndrome of mental derangement induced by Trump. In classic Salem style, Hollywood shrinks seem to be enabling unstable thoughts by acting like the witchcraft investigators who accepted at face value the delusions of the girls and urged them to blame others for their disquiet. Mental-health professionals in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports, have been saying things like, “This is so monumental because we are not in normal anymore” and denouncing Trump as “so evil.”
Just as witches once were held to account for both floods and droughts, Trump is said to cause both weight gain and weight loss. On March 4, Barbra Streisand made an announcement to the world:
Donald Trump is making me gain weight. I start the day with liquids, but after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup!
Just as witches once were held to account for both floods and droughts, Trump is said to cause both weight gain and weight loss.
Five minutes later, she cited Trump’s allegation of wiretapping by the Obama administration and added, “Seriously crazy times. Time for more pancakes.” The filmmaker Judd Apatow, though his physique in the Obama years was unlikely to be confused with Dwayne Johnson’s, told the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd that “it’s very hard to lose weight in the Trump era.” He fretted that Trump might cause him to gain as much as 30 pounds, noting:
So when they woke up and find the world did’nt come to a end when Trump was elected so did they toss and turn all night long did they hear the cry from GAIA that she will with die becuase of trump did they hear the trees screaming or the whales wailing?. Silly silly liberal fools you cant match wits with the mighty Spuriwng Plover the cleaver old crafty shorebird with a atatude
Don’t know who Teigen is, but sounds as if she needs to get off of her hallucinogens and come back to the real world.
And how could we ignore the pushed-over-the-edge regular folks who have committed crimes and tried to pass them off as Trump crimes?
Like this guy:
Do the deed, blame their own target.
Pretend to be outraged.
Massive media coverage.
It’s like the thousands of people who inspect their homes after a mild earthquake and discover cracks they attribute to that earthquake. In most cases the cracks were already there and the earthquake just made them go and discover them.
So it is with Trump – unearthing the mental issues already there, but unattributable to Barack Obama because of the Progressive mindset.