I had similar, more verbose thoughts recently here.
I think there are two related contributing factors that make the media’s specific strain of Trump Derangement Syndrome so virulent.
Since 1974, there has really been one place to go if you want to get rid of a politician who really doesn’t want to get with the program, and that’s to the media. Since the resignation of Nixon and the publication of All the President’s Men, followed by the movie and that heartthrob Robert Redford taking down the White House, that’s been every journalist’s dream equivalent of a pony on Christmas morning.
And up to now, they’ve never gotten another sitting president. Oh, sure, there was Gary Hart, but he was only a frontrunning candidate then, and the media bias had not yet sufficiently evolved to make him invulnerable. By 2012, they had tagged Mitt Romney is the guy with binders full of women locked in a cage on the roof of his car with a bunch of Russians, the biggest geopolitical threat of the new century (what an idiotic thing that was to say, amirite? Obama and the Dems sure knew better, didn’t they?)
Since the day in 2015 when he announced his candidacy, Donald Trump has been the low-hanging fruit that every journalist hopes to build a career on. So why can’t they get to him? I mean, look at the cartoon! The man is crazy! Everyone knows it!
“ALL OF MY FRIENDS ARE JUMPING OFF THIS BRIDGE, MOTHER!! AND I’M GOING TO JUMP AS SOON AS IT’S MY TURN! KEEP MY AVOCADO TOAST WARM FOR MY RETURN. AND A CHAI LATTE AS WELL, UNLESS THERE’S PUMPKIN SPICE. ”
I mean, Trump MUST be insane, mustn’t he? Because if HE’S not crazy, then that must mean…
…and alternative too unspeakable to contemplate.
On the plus side – unlimited applesauce!