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Trump Derangement Syndrome, a Libertarian Response to Aleppo, Will 2017 Be Better? Reason Podcast

Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Nick Gillespie chew through the news of the day and get heartburn.


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Between the "Hamilton Elector" movement, which is trying to get Electoral College members to vote for anyone but Donald Trump, celebrity-plagued videos attacking the next president, and profane tweets from ostensibly reputable journalists (see right), Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is kicking into high gear.

Sure, Donald Trump is the most unlikely president in American history and he has said truly vile things about whole groups of people while outlining policy preferences that are unsettling at best. And yet, calls to subvert the Electoral College—whether made by Harvard Law profs or TV presidents such as Martin Sheen—seem pretty nuts, too.

In the latest Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, and I talk about and debate whether it's simply a continuation of the partisan hysteria that followed in the wake of Bill Clinton's, George W. Bush's, and Barack Obama's elections or if it is some kind of super-bug. We also talk about Rand Paul's increasingly public (and increasingly popular) call for a non-interventionist foreign policy and whether the United States deserves some responsibility for the horrific situation in Syria. Also discussed: Donald Trump's tech summit in which Trump delegates such as Peter Thiel rubbed shoulders with Trump targets such as Jeff Bezos, and what if any bright spots are on the horizon for 2017.

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  1. Julia Ioffe is Russian-born, which means that Putin put her up to the Tweet. She also graduated from Princeton where she majored in Soviet history, which means she may be retarded.

    1. That last part was classi, cracked me up cuz it true.


    Here’s a bright spot. Judge Napolitano was invited to speak with Trump for over an hour about his Supreme Court pick. Why no mention about this positive development?

    1. Oh, man, I hope we get an article with The Judge’s recap of the conversation. That must have been awesome. Hopefully, Trump couldn’t get a word in edge-wise, as that is something he should experience once in his life.

    2. If we get Janice Rogers Brown or Alex Kozinski, I’m going to stop shitting on everyone from the sidelines and head over into the Trump camp.

  3. Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is kicking into high gear.

    And, of course, the people freaking out about America getting suddenly whipsawed in the “wrong direction” by a Trumpocracy are too invested in their cherished notion of the Total State to wonder if, maybe just maybe, the State should not exert all-encompassing control. That would be too scary to contemplate.

    Wrong top men, and all.

  4. Photoshopped image below via Reddit/Imgur.

    Fake news fake boobs.

  5. We also talk about Rand Paul’s increasingly public (and increasingly popular) call for a non-interventionist foreign policy

    With the election of an avowedly non-interventionist president this could be written off as mere bandwagonism.

    1. If it wasn’t for the fact that Paul has pretty consistently beat that drum…

  6. Calls to subvert the Electoral College *seem* pretty nuts? Not completely fucking nuts? This is why no donation this year.

    1. You know who else was fucking nuts?

      1. Bobby Fischer?

      2. Harley Quinn?

      3. Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction?

        1. oh, nevermind… she was fucking goofy

  7. Weigel wasted no time in defending this woman, because of course.

    1. So did The Atlantic, her new employer.

      For some reason, the statement is an image rather than text, so can’t paste it here.

      1. So did The Atlantic, her new employer.

        There is nothing a journalist can do and not be rehired.

  8. “Reputable” journalist? Let’s just throw that word around.

  9. You can’t do 2 podcasts a day, people. there’s simply no bandwidth in the day for it. And 5th Column will always trump Reasons’ less-entertaining* (by which i might mean “less drunk”) conversations.

    Also: for amusement, re: Julia Ioffe’s “Trump fucks his daughter”….

    Anna Merlan ?@annamerlan 23h23 hours ago

    @juliaioffe Nah it was a good tweet

    1. Oh man, Soave’s gonna have to choke a bitch…

      1. You owe me one keyboard cleaning.

  10. What I hate most about “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is they such crazy shit about him, it puts me in the position of defending Trump! A position I would rather not be in. But when you say he’s worse than Hitler, what other response is there but, “no, he’s not”. (Which, of course, makes me a racist Nazi.)

      1. That is how I respond to people who say crazy crap about politics.

      2. Well put sir.

      3. Damn sarc, that’s harsh.

        Nicely done.

    1. ^ This.

      What’s leaving TDS unchecked and spiraling into ever greater heights of breathless hysteria is that most rational people don’t want to have to say things like “He’s not really a straight-up Nazi, he’s more just your garden-variety sorta-racist-in-an-unaware-way rich white guy” or “he didn’t actually call all Mexicans rapists, he just implied that they, collectively, are looking to undermine our country by sending their worst people here illegally,” or “religions aren’t races, so being suspicious of everyone associated with a certain religion is not technically racism” etc., because none of these things are positions that are going to get you any traction with a Progressive, anyway, and will just get you condemned with the same, broad, “close-enough” brush.

      But what this means is that Progressives just say whatever they want, no matter how hyperbolic (and they’ve actually whipped themselves into a state of utter panic and despair with their own posturing), and it’s tricky to find a defensible position from which to argue that they need to tone it down a notch. Or ten.

  11. The thing is, I think this stuff would be happening if any Republican got elected.

    Look at Romney, about as moderate and mild-mannered a Republican there is. But he was going to put women in binders (they deliberately took his quote about resumes out of context) and literally enslave black people, putting them back in chains (I have no idea where they pulled that from, but they claimed it).

  12. he has said truly vile things about whole groups of people

    Only Rosie O’Donnell

    1. Equivalent of a group of people.

  13. As someone who has suggested Hillary blackmailed Trump into running for President by gaining evidence from Epstein that he had underaged prostitutes on pedo-island role-play as his daughter, I have no real moral high ground here… but that said, I’m an anonymous conspiracy-theory-loving nobody on HyR, not a fucking journalist using her real name on Twitter. The fuck is wrong with these people?

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