Reality Winner, James Comey and the anti-Trump descent into madness

Trump Derangement Syndrome has pushed people like James Comey, Reality Winner, Kathy Griffin and others into reckless, even criminal acts. It's because they don't think Trump really won the election.

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Former FBI Director James Comey. Inset, President Donald Trump.

CHICAGO, June 12, 2017 — Losing an election can turn a lot of people stark raving mad. Their psychotic thirst for revenge has led many previously sane, law abiding citizens into a life of criminal activity.

Too many liberals are convinced that the ends justify the means. They’ve been helped into this belief by a complicit media unable to accept a Republican in the White House. Attempts to overturn a legally binding election have led people on the losing side into illegalities.

In 2001, psychiatrist and columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer coined the term “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” Liberal Democrats went beyond disagreeing with President George W. Bush’s policies. His very existence had them frothing with rage. A movie depicting his fictional assassination was well-received in liberal circles.


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Now ideological bigots on the left have replaced BDS with TDS. Trump Derangement Syndrome starts from the premise that Donald Trump does not legitimately govern the nation despite legally winning the election. Unable to accept their electoral loss, Democrats invented a fictional conspiracy between Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Trump had never met or talked to Putin, and evidence of a relationship via intermediaries is less solid than smoke. But to Trump’s enemies, the confluence of interests they see between Trump and Putin is evidence of a confluence of effort: collusion.

Unable to accept the absence of evidence against him, Democrats resorted to crimes themselves in an attempt to take Trump down. These tactics have backfired spectacularly, with jail cells a real possibility for some top TDS sufferers.

James Comey was the former FBI Director who did not like or trust Trump. Despite being a registered Republican, Comey had been accused by many Republicans of deliberately tanking the prosecutorial case against Hillary Clinton. When Comey decided to undermine his boss and collaborate with Democrats against the new administration, Trump had had enough. He fired Comey because he can, and Comey sought revenge by leaking private notes through a friend to the liberal media.

Despite being best known for evasiveness in prior congressional testimony, Comey slipped up and admitted to trying to set Trump up. He leaked his notes in the hopes that a special prosecutor would be appointed. With Clinton, Comey ignored actual crimes; with Trump, he ignored the lack of an actual crime.

Democrats hailed Comey as a white knight, but he was no different than any other anti-Trump zealot. He broke the law in an attempt to prove Trump broke the law. Comey’s notes, made on government computers and on government time, are the work product of the government. Leaking them to the media was illegal. While it may cause a brief public relations kerfuffle for Trump to have Comey arrested, the White House would be on safe legal ground.


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Comey was a boy scout compared to Reality Winner. This 25-year-old, ironically-monikered zealot leaked top secret information to the media out of hatred for her Commander-in-Chief. On the surface, this hardcore leftist looks no different than other young Clinton and Liz Warren supporters. Her social media pages are filled with leftist rage, anti-Trump ramblings, and contempt for anything quintessentially American. She has been denied bail, and the “I’m just a poor, cute misguided kid” routine fell flat with the underwhelmed judge.

Not every TDS sufferer leaks confidential or classified information. Kathy Griffin expressed her displeasure over the election results by imitating ISIS with a video of her holding Trump’s severed head. Madonna expressed a desire to blow up the White House. While these ladies will most likely not be arrested, the Secret Service did contact them in their official capacity as the protectors of the president.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Several members of the Obama administration accused of committing crimes escaped legal scrutiny because Comey felt it was unwarranted. Comey is well known for doing whatever it takes to save his own skin. Now that he has accused former Attorney General Loretta Lynch of possible criminal behavior, the bulwark protecting Obama officials may finally burst.

If that happens, it will most likely not be Trump facing impeachment, indictment or any other legal sanctions. If anything, his fiercest critics are putting their own heads on the chopping block.

This is as unfortunate as it is deserved. Liberals have every right to form a resistance movement, but law enforcement officials have every obligation to put down that resistance when it crosses the line into criminal behavior. Being a former law enforcement officer or federal employee is not a get out of jail free card. To the contrary, it demands a higher standard of ethical and legal conduct and stronger punishment for those unwilling to respect the results of a democratic election.

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