Side effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome include: rage, inability to avoid the patriarchy, sensitivity to microaggressions, victim complex, inability to conduct reasonable conversations, blurred vision while shifting genders, bloating, chronic whining, preoccupation with defending “minority cultures,” hatred of men, susceptibility to mansplaining/manspreading and denial. Call your doctor immediately if you experience chest pains, sudden pink hair or thoughts of feminism.
Sadly, I must report that Congressman Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, has been showing signs of advancing Trump Derangement Syndrome. Yesterday, during an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow and John Berman, Congressman Meeks displayed the unnerving symptoms of a contaminated patient. Most of all, he showed a profound sense of denial.
This conversation is fairly long, mostly because Rep. Meeks does such a masterful, cringe-inducing job of caking his Trump hatred with passive voice and insinuation. His symptoms emerge in the form of an elaborate form of vocal and ideological gymnastics:
BERMAN: All right, this morning, breaking news out of North Korea, maybe. The three Americans detained there could be released imminently. About an hour ago, the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said it would happen today. Not clear how he would know that or what he knows exactly. The White House has not put out any kind of official statement. Sarah Sanders says moments ago she has no immediate news on it. The president did sort of hint that it might happen last night. This is what he wrote. He wrote, stay tuned. He also slammed the Obama administration for not freeing the three men while President Obama was in office.
HARLOW: I should note that two of those Americans were detained after President Trump took office.
Let's talk about this with Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Appreciate you being with us.
MEEKS: Good being with you.
HARLOW: No doubt everyone would welcome the return of these three American citizens and let's hope that Rudy Giuliani is correct and that they're on their way home.
HARLOW: We just don't know. If it -- if it happens, does the president deserve credit?
MEEKS: President Moon does of South Korea.
HARLOW: Does president -- does President Trump deserve credit if these three Americans come home?
MEEKS: I think that -- I think that, number one, we want to make sure that they come home. And if anybody had anything to do with it, I'm happy. I want -- I want American citizens to come home.
But when I look at the whole deal with North Korea, it seems to me that all of what was started was started with President Moon. And President Moon has been doing a lot of the negotiations and been talking to the North Koreans and talking to the Chinese behind the scenes and trying to work to make this happen because he knew when he heard President Trump say that President Trump would not go back to South Korea if he decided to attack North Korea, that's when the negotiations started taking place with North Korea. He left, he went to North Korea and started talking --
HARLOW: President Moon said President Trump deserves a lot of credit.
MEEKS: Well, yes. So --
BERMAN: But, you know, even in your interpretation of it, President Trump didn't get in the way. I mean doesn't he deserve credit then for creating -- or being part of this atmosphere where these three Americans may come home and these talks might happen?
MEEKS: I am glad that we get our Americans -- if we get our American detainees home, it's a positive thing. And a number of individuals could take credit.
BERMAN: Is he one of them?
MEEKS: But I am saying that if you talk about the whole North Korea/South Korean peace, the reason why we are where we are is President Moon.
HARLOW: It seems like you're doing everything you can to not say that the president deserves credit. I'm wondering if you think he's not doing -- I mean is he doing a better job, for instance, than the Obama administration did, or the Bush administration, or the Clinton administration, handling North Korea right now?
MEEKS: No, and that's why I wanted to be clear in regards, as opposed to saying, just because of these three, that the whole scenario with North Korea and South Korea, you know, it started with the South. President Moon got elected based upon the fact that he wanted a better relationship with North Korea. And he went about doing it at the same time that President Trump was calling him rocket man, et cetera.
And the key in the change of direction of -- with South -- with North Korea was when, you know, President Moon said to his people, well, President Trump would not do anything against us. And he said, well, I don't have to go to South Korea to get approval to strike North Korea. And that seemed to be the point where things started to change. Moon went over and started having dialogue and then (INAUDIBLE).
BERMAN: But even then -- even then President Trump was a part of that equation. I will note that.
Luckily, Trump Derangement Syndrome is treatable. There is a cure. Of course, there are many people who are just immune to the cure --- they are incurable. Most people, however, can be saved.
Ingredients for the cure include: humanity, belief in others, logic, common sense, optimism, greater selflessness, personal responsibility and the critical reasoning of the average 4th grader. If you are faced with someone who is stricken with the syndrome, stay calm.
Show them your humanity, your kindness, your ability to be strong.
It is rarely contagious. Do not let their hysteria enflame your senses --- that is what they want.
Instead, show them your humanity, your kindness, your ability to be strong, and maybe --- hopefully --- they will see you, not as a video game villain, but as the person you are, with all the great things you have to offer.