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Trump Derangement Syndrome Reaching Epidemic Levels as We Head Toward Midterms

As America heads toward the final months of the president's second year in office, Trump Derangement Syndrome seems to be reaching epidemic levels across the country. Those affected by the disorder are so consumed by their hatred of the president that they feel driven to attack him or anyone they deem to be in support of him. TDS was a huge problem shortly after President Trump was elected. It's becoming a serious issue again.

For those of you keeping score, in just the past couple of weeks, we've seen a knife attack on a Republican congressional candidate in California, a threat of mass murder against supporters of President Donald Trump gathering at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., a GOP office in Wyoming attacked by an arsonist, and a conservative journalist going into hiding after receiving serious death threats.

During a festival in Castro Valley, Calif., 35-year-old Farzad Fazeli approached Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters at his booth "in an aggressive manner and made disparaging, profanity-laced remarks about the Republican party and President Donald Trump." He then allegedly pulled out a switchblade knife and attempted to stab Peters. Luckily for the candidate, the knife malfunctioned and the pair ended up in a physical struggle. Fazeli fled the scene, but was soon apprehended by police.

In another disturbing incident this week, a right-wing activist was threatened on Twitter by an individual whose account had the Democratic Socialists of America logo as its avatar. The threat was in response to an innocuous tweet from Trump supporter Cassandra Fairbanks about a meeting at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Who is going to the MAGA meetup tonight?” Fairbanks tweeted. “I am coming with a gun and i [sic] expected to get numerous bloodstained MAGA hats as trophies,” read the response from “dreamstarjustic” with a picture attached of a pistol. Washington D.C. Metropolitan police on Tuesday said that they are investigating a threat of mass murder against the Trump supporters.

Last week, fire and vandalism damaged the Albany County Republican Party headquarters in Wyoming. Albany County GOP Chairman Ben McKay said that a "Make America Great Again" sign that was hanging in a window was broken during the incident. The Wyoming GOP released the following statement:

The Wyoming Republican Party condemns the forced entry and vandalism that took place last week at the Albany County Republican office. We applaud the Federal Bureau of Investigation for involved with the investigation of this erroneous crime. Furthermore, after learning the space above the office is an occupied residence, the felony arson must be deemed as an incredibly dangerous and potentially lethal act. The crime scene also shows evidence of being politically motivated. Patriotic items such as our United States flag and other symbols of freedom near and dear to our republic were damaged or destroyed.

The forceful and malicious damage sustained to this private property is extensive and intentional. The Wyoming Republican Party seeks full prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for this attack and views this act as one of desperation by extremists illegally expressing their opposition. We believe our values represent the people of Wyoming and will be undaunted in continuing to help Republicans win elections.