I’ve made the decision to remove the word “Media” from the headline of this recurring column. It’s clear where I’m finding the episodes of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).
Just within the initial two weeks of this endeavor, I’ve already pinpointed my first collective meltdown. Liz Cheney’s freshly released book, humorously titled “Oath and Honor,” has emerged conveniently timed for holiday shoppers of a more secular and non-binary inclination to purchase and perhaps never read. Left-leaning media personalities are gushing over it, treating Cheney like royalty on her book tour. This delusion is a direct result of Trump Derangement Syndrome, with media figures enabling Cheney, and that’s my pick for last week’s meltdown.
If you’re aiming to avoid putting on extra holiday pounds, just check out any of the mainstream media lovefests during Cheney’s book promotion. Ben previously wrote a VIP column on one such event last week, and I can assure you, any appetite you have will promptly vanish.
Take, for instance, this snippet from USA Today: an excerpt from Cheney’s book, where she recalls her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, telling her “Defend the Republic, daughter” on New Year’s Day in 2021. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes when I first read that. The interviews and book reviews are fueling Cheney’s grandiose self-image over the past few years. “Defend the Republic, daughter” sounds a bit contrived; I highly doubt Dick Cheney speaks in such melodrama.
Regarding her father, he’s the reason I believe the MSM’s adoration for Liz is a result of Trump Derangement Syndrome. For nearly half a century, the name “Cheney” was spat out with disgust by Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media. Dick Cheney was their most detested Republican. When Trump appeared on the scene, he became the new Public Enemy Number One, overshadowing Dick Cheney.
Once Dick’s daughter took the Never Trump stance and joined the J6 House Soviet Select Committee, they began treating her like a prized trophy. Liz Cheney seems to buy into all the liberal hype about herself. After losing the Republican primary in a state that almost universally rejects Democrats, she invoked Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. It was, as I remarked in the Morning Briefing, a speech resembling a cry for help from someone mentally distressed. I even tossed in a humorous line about expecting her to continue her Civil War theme by offering to torch Atlanta, likening herself to Sherman.
If Liz Cheney doesn’t align permanently with MSNBC like Nicolle Wallace, she’ll eventually realize that those currently feeding her delusion still don’t genuinely like her. Should Trump regain office, her relevance might be prolonged, but once he exits the political scene, the Democrats will likely discard her. The Trump backlash she’s capitalizing on won’t suffice for them to maintain their facade of caring about her. Even if Trump doesn’t win, Cheney will probably try to take credit for it.
Regardless, the Left will continue to hold disdain for her.