If the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by psychiatrists, were to officially recognize Trump Derangement Syndrome as the serious mental illness that it is, there would be thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—of leftists across the country diagnosed as suffering from the world’s only political psychosis.
Conservative political opinion writer Peter Parisi at The Washington Times, both supporters of and promoters for Donald Trump, claims that Doonesbury cartoonist G. B. Trudeau is unhealthily obsessed with the former President.
But if one had to designate a Patient Zero—the person identified as the first carrier of a communicable disease in an outbreak—for Trump Derangement Syndrome, that dubious distinction would have to go to “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau.
Now, fully three years after Mr. Trump left office, the ultraliberal Mr. Trudeau’s painfully unfunny Sunday-only “comic” strip continues to vitriolically and personally attack the former president.
Parisi ignores throughout the opinion piece that as the leading Republican candidate for the 2024 Presidential election former president Donald Trump is fair game for political cartooning.
By contrast, despite three years of countless verbal gaffes, numerous instances of confused wandering on stage after speaking engagements, repeated retelling of long-since debunked personal anecdotes, and disastrous economic policies that have given Americans 40-year-high inflation and interest rates, President Biden has been spared the entire time from Mr. Trudeau’s poison pen.
Instead, “Doonesbury” on Sunday depicted a fictional NPR-style radio host calling Trump a “sex offender” and “a rapist” (based on writer E. Jean Carroll’s entirely unproven, evidence-free accusations) and “a fraudster with 91 indictments.” That all of those indictments were brought by prosecutors who are avowed political nemeses engaging in election interference is left conveniently unmentioned by the cartoonist.