Who’s the most deranged TDSer of them all?

I often get accused of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), perhaps with some justification. My attitude toward Trump lies somewhere between horrified and bemused, depending on the time of day. But I can’t hold a candle to the greatest TDSer of them all. There is one man who made the following reckless claims about Trump:

1. He suggested that Trump wanted to become a dictator.
2. He suggested that Trump was rooting for the economy to crash before the election.
3. He suggested that Trump planned to use his second term to seek revenge against his opponents.
4. He suggested that Trump viewed himself as above the law, immune from being criminally prosecuted, even for the crime of killing his political opponents.

Look, I know when I’m beaten. I’d like to continue my TDS tirades, but there is no way I can compete with this guy. So I graciously give up the crown, and hand it to the new champion of Trump derangement.

Update: And they say Biden is senile!



14 Responses to “Who’s the most deranged TDSer of them all?”

  1. Gravatar of Edward Edward
    10. February 2024 at 16:38

    He was reffering to rescinding all of Biden’s executive orders. That’s what the entire conversation was about.

    This article was written by Marina Pitofsky, a hard left opinionated journalist.

    You are proving my point. This is precisely what happens when folks only read headlines and skim through articles, without doing any research themselves.

    Next time, watch the Trump speech. Read the transcript. Get information from the source, not from a third party. We live in the information age. It’s not 1960. If you didn’t attend the rally in 1960 you were entirely reliant on USA today. Nowadays, that’s not the case. You just don’t do your own research. You reliant on others.

    Anyways, the Supreme Court is going to rule against your anti-trumpers, 9-0, which should be enough proof — at least for the rational minded — that you’ve lost touch with reality. It’s one thing to be opposed to a particular candidate, but quite another to spew hatred, fabricate stories, call them Adolf Hitler, and remove them from the ballot.

    If you want big government, just vote for Biden. But don’t’ create uncessary division; don’t be a useful idiot for the radical left spin.

  2. Gravatar of Sara Sara
    10. February 2024 at 17:42

    Senile, Scott, means reduced cognitive function.

    Here are the exact words of the special counsel:

    “Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.”

    In other words, the counsel believes that Biden committed a crime. However, the counsel went onto to say:

    “Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory”.

    In other words, he’s senile. They chose not to file charges because you cannot win a case if you cannot prove intent, recklessness or negligence (Mens Rea), all of which are an element of the mind.

    In regards to Trump, I remember the interview. I don’t remember the exact words, but I will paraphrase:

    Interviewer: “What do you say to those who are worried that you might be a dictator?”

    Trump: “I’m not a dictator. I would never be a dictator, except”….he smiles..”on day one because we have to rescind those executive orders, right”

    Somehow that benign statement was then used by radicals to paint the narrative that he’s secretly Adolf Hitler.

    Look, I don’t like posting on this site because the author is somewhat deranged, but we have to confront this radicalism and misinformation whenever we can. The republic is too important.

  3. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    10. February 2024 at 17:47

    Sara, You said:

    “Senile, Scott, means reduced cognitive function.”

    Perhaps Biden and Trump have reduced cognitive function. I suspect they never had much cognitive function to begin with. They’ve both been saying absurd things for many years. Neither are qualified to be mayor of a small farm town, much less president of the US. But now that we are a banana republic (one point on which Trump is correct), it doesn’t really matter. The alternatives are likely to be equally dumb.

  4. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    10. February 2024 at 20:26


    You have a very odd view of Biden’s intelligence, and if you simply view public discussions in which he’s engaged, he’s always clearly been much brighter and more informed than Trump. That’s the lowest possible bar, of course, but witness him in this CFR discussion 6 years ago:


    I think Biden’s policies tend to go in positive directions, but also either go too far or not far enough. He pushed for too much Covid relief, too late, for example, but didn’t give Ukraine enough aid to prevent a Russian invasion, despite taking some non-trivial actions to try to thwart it. I also think the slow-walking of the provision of certain critical weapons may cost Ukraine the war. If you’re going to give Ukraine long-range artillery missiles, better tanks, and F-16s eventually, you may as well provide them pre-invasion. Why risk having public support for Ukraine wane, particularly given what was known about views on the Republican side?

    He’s also managed to get quite a bit of legislation through a very polarized Congress. I don’t think much of that legislation was near optimal, but your perspective on Biden’s intelligence over the years holds no merit, as far as I can see. I would prefer a carbon tax to wasteful subsidies, particularly regarding charging stations, but at least there’s legislation trying to address climate change, however inefficient and counter-productive in some ways.

    Of course he’s slowed down cognitively. He has senior moments. My guess is that he has some form of dementia, but it’s hard to tell how severe without testing. I think it’s possible it could be quite severe, but Biden is able to seem to be sharp at times.

    If anything, Trump has long seemed far worse, and he’s always had a natural hollowness and malevolence. He’s a demented, highly narcissistic sociopath, as most of us know.

  5. Gravatar of steve steve
    10. February 2024 at 22:30

    Trump has clarified what he meant. Trump fans always try to explain “what he really meant” but in this case he has done it himself.

    “I said I want to be a dictator for one day. You know why I wanted to be a dictator? Because I want a wall, and I want to drill, drill, drill,”

    Given oil prices I think he really will have to be a dictator since the oil companies arent going to drill, drill, drill unless oil prices go up, up, up.

    I am not particularly wanting to declare that either of them has significant mental decline unless I had the chance to do my own assessment. However, it is notable that while a Republican prosecutor made strong claims, other Republican officials who meet with him have not made the same claims and this is in an era where everyone is on full attack mode all of the time.


  6. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    11. February 2024 at 10:11

    Michael, You said:

    “and if you simply view public discussions in which he’s engaged, he’s always clearly been much brighter and more informed than Trump. That’s the lowest possible bar,

    Yup. He’s smarter than Trump, and that’s such a low bar that it doesn’t help very much. Is a disgrace that he’s the Democratic candidate.

    Steve, You said:

    “I am not particularly wanting to declare that either of them has significant mental decline”

    It’s hard to tell, as they’ve both always been dumb.

  7. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    11. February 2024 at 10:12

    BTW, Trump recently said that the Democrats would abolish Pennsylvania if they won the election. Unfortunately, they won’t win, so we won’t see Trump’s prediction being tested.

  8. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    11. February 2024 at 11:06

    This view of Biden’s intelligence seems just as idiosyncratic of your view on the tobacco taxes which helped greatly reduce rates of smoking. Sure, Biden may not have ever been as bright as Bill Clinton or Barrack Obama, but he’s seemed brighter than George W. Bush, though the latter is also a genius compared to Trump.

    Perhaps part of the discrepancy here is due to me having lower expectations, but I’m quite happy to have Biden, considering the alternatives. While Trump would obviously be worse in every way, would we want Bernie Sanders? How about Kamala Harris?

    I do think that the Democratic Party, collectively, has been unbelievably politically stupid for more than 50 years. Virtually their only advantage politically has been predictable Republican Party overreach.

  9. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    11. February 2024 at 11:41

    Michael, So we agree that Biden is far better than Trump?

  10. Gravatar of Tom M Tom M
    12. February 2024 at 06:48

    Are we really going to pretend that Biden hasn’t been the joke of politics for 40+ years?

    The Obama team wasn’t even secretive about how difficult it was working with him… The Obama team went out of their way to keep Joe out of the loop on any strategic meetings/calls because they were so concerned about his inability to manage/keep his mouth shut.

    If we are talking pure IQ, you can’t possible think Joe Biden’s is higher than Trump. Add the current cognitive decline to the equation, and no serious person would say otherwise.

    That is completed disconnected on whether or not you think “Biden is far better than Trump”, which could absolutely be the case. But if we’re talking intelligence… “c’mon man”.

  11. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    12. February 2024 at 12:27

    “Are we really going to pretend that Biden hasn’t been the joke of politics for 40+ years?”

    I’ve said the same thing 100 times—so why are you arguing with me?

    But Biden doesn’t propose nuking hurricanes or curing Covid with bleach or suggest that the state of Pennsylvania is about to be abolished or 1000 other batshit crazy things. Trump is simply a total moron—the absolute stupidest politician I’ve ever seen.

    Read any off the record interview of his former advisors. They are almost all appalled by what they saw. Trump refuses to read anything and knows nothing about the world. They say you have to talk to him like a kindergartener.

    Wasn’t there a film called “Dumb and Dumber”?

  12. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    12. February 2024 at 13:20


    Yes, we agree on that. Biden strikes me as having pretty average intelligence for a Washington politician, dementia aside. On a spectrum from Lauren Boebert to Obama, he’s certainly much closer to the Obama side than the Boebert side. Again, that’s an exceedingly low bar, as Boebert is about as sophisticated as a roller derby.

  13. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    12. February 2024 at 13:22

    Tom M,

    Trump is completely incapable of having the kind of conversation Joe Biden carries out in the CFR discussion I linked to above. He lacks the knowledge, intelligence, or even interest, and is not qualified to hold public office or even run a hotdog stand in any way, shape or form. Trump should be under 24/7 nurse supervision in a memory care setting.

  14. Gravatar of WMG WMG
    14. February 2024 at 23:53

    I actually am proud to have contracted TDS because it’s mostly true. Most people who accuse me of having contracted TDS simply seems to fail to see how serious Trump is in persueing these “objectives” when he becomes president again. One also has to keep in mind that Trump is too stupid or too lazy to know how he should implement these policies. But behid Trump there are a number of Republicans who think the same. Those Republicans are able to implement those dictatorial policies.

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