So Mr. Cohea has apparently invented a malady he describes as “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” which causes people of normal intelligence with functioning moral compasses to find our current President an appalling human being utterly unqualified for the position he holds ("A cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome," Oct. 9).
He suggests a dose to the Wall Street Journal as a cure. Since I do, in fact, meet the above criteria, I took a big dose of the Wall Street Journal.
Before we even had to consider the fact that his campaign was aided by a hostile foreign government, or knew he thinks Nazis are “fine people,” the Journal’s editorial board had reached its conclusion, and published it July 22, 2016. Here’s what my “dose of medicine” tasted like:
“The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament.”
“To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions.”
“His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.”
“Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril.”
“ . . . there is nothing on Mr. Trump’s résumé to suggest he could function successfully in Washington.”
“ . . . he displays no curiosity, reads no books and appears to believe he needs no advice. In fact, what makes Mr. Trump so unusual is his combination of extreme neediness and unbridled arrogance. He is desperate for affirmation but contemptuous of other views. He also is contemptuous of fact.”
“Given his ignorance, it is perhaps not surprising that Mr. Trump offers no coherence when it comes to policy.”
“Mr. Trump has nothing positive to offer, only scapegoats and dark conspiracy theories.”
“Most alarming is Mr. Trump’s contempt for the Constitution and the unwritten democratic norms upon which our system depends. He doesn’t know what is in the nation’s founding document.”
“Worse, he doesn’t seem to care about its limitations on executive power.”
“Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.”
It turns out I’m not the one who is deranged.