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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Political Paranoia on Steroids

March 19, 2019 --

When Michael Cohen, appearing before the House Oversight Committee, February 27, said that President Trump would not leave office peacefully if he loses the 2020 election, Cohen was repeating one of the paranoid tropes the Trump resistance uses. Add to this reports that Cohen met with Democrats before his appearances before Senate and House committee, it would not surprise LPR that Cohen testified in large part from scripts provided him by the Democrats, not excluding his charge that the president "is a racist. He is a con man. And he is a cheat" -- and including,certainly, Cohen's fear that the president would not leave office peacefully -- a concern expressed by Tim Rogers at Fusion TV's site on August 25, 2017! To hear the shrill cries from the left, one would think that the president is a Constitution nullifier.

For the Trump resistance, no accusation is too tame. March 3, Maureen Dowd's New York Times column called the president a "sociopath." What errant noinsense! He has long been called "authoritarian," yet LPR is unaware of any judges who have been sent packing because of decisions not favored by the president. LPR is unaware of newspapers that have been padlocked for their anti-Trump articles. Congress seems to be functioning without interference from the president, including that Cohen appearance before the House Oversight Committee while, in Hanoi, the president met with a true authoritarian leader, North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

For anti-democratic actions, consider the decision by the Democratic National Committee to bar Fox News from televising any of the planned Democrat primary-season debates. For evidence of an authoritarian mindset, consider leftists who will not let conservatives speak, even resorting to violence not noticed by the media. Leftists who are criticized by the president transform his criticism into "attacks" in desperate attempts to support the anti Trump trope that he is an authoritarian leader opposed, in the words of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, to "democratic norms."

If the left wanted to point to a true authoritarian leader it would take note of Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega or Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Authoritarianism seems to go hand-in-hand with socialism, and who can say that a socialist in power in the United States would not take the country down the road to suppression of individual liberty -- all for the common good of course. And how is freedom of the press served when the media march in lockstep to denounce the president. What better proof, , of the vitality the freedom of the press in the U.S. than the media's anti-Trump reporting.

To glean the message from the media, it is tantamount to asserting: we don't recognize Donald J. Trump as the legitimate president. Hence the constant speculation about one issue or another being the grounds for removal from office -- while from time to time the media will speculate that some GOP voters would like to see a Republican challenge the president in 2020.

For the Trump resistance, no accusation is too tame. March 3, Maureen Dowd's New York Times column called the president a "sociopath." What errant noinsense! He has long been called "authoritarian," yet LPR is unaware of any judges who have been sent packing because of decisions not favored by the president. LPR is unaware of newspapers that have been padlocked for their anti-Trump articles. Congress seems to be functioning without interference from the president, including that Cohen appearance before the House Oversight Committee while, in Hanoi, the president met with a true authoritarian leader, North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

For anti-democratic actions, consider the decision by the Democratic National Committee to bar Fox News from televising any of the planned Democrat primary-season debates. For evidence of an authoritarian mindset, consider leftists who will not let conservatives speak, even resorting to violence not noticed by the media. Leftists who are criticized by the president transform his criticism into "attacks" in desperate attempts to support the anti Trump trope that he is an authoritarian leader opposed, in the words of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, to "democratic norms."

If the left wanted to point to a true authoritarian leader it would take note of Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega or Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Authoritarianism seems to go hand-in-hand with socialism, and who can say that a socialist in power in the United States would not take the country down the road to suppression of individual liberty -- all for the common good of course. And how is freedom of the press served when the media march in lockstep to denounce the president. What better proof, , of the vitality the freedom of the press in the U.S. than the media's anti-Trump reporting. To glean the message from the media, it is tantamount to asserting: we don't recognize Donald J. Trump as the legitimate president. Hence the constant speculation about one issue or another being the grounds for removal from office -- while from time to time the media will speculate that some GOP voters would like to see a Republican challenge the president in 2020.