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Donald Trump: A Dangerous ‘Parasite’?

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Image Credit: Gage Skidmore.
Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Now Donald Trump Is Called a Parasite – You don’t hear much from the progressive website Daily Kos these days – well, at least I don’t. While influential during George W. Bush’s presidency, it has mostly faded from view in the 2020s. But now, in an effort to attract more readers to the site, it posted an article with the following headline: “Donald Trump Is a Parasite.”

Trump has been called many things, but parasite has usually not been one of them. 

There Is an Award-winning Movie Called Parasite that Trump Hated

The last time Trump was associated with the word “parasite” was after the Oscar awards ceremony in 2020 when a South Korean movie named Parasite won for Best Picture. Trump grumbled that it was time for American films to be at the forefront.  

Daily Kos Outdoes Itself

Now a Daily Kos reader-turned-writer named Keith Newman has accused Trump of being a parasite.

It is not clear if Newman is a regularly paid journalist for the leftwing media outlet. There is a disclaimer printed on his article that says, “This content is not subject to review by Daily Kos staff prior to publication.” So perhaps no one from Daily Kos even edited the piece. The lack of oversight shows.

Were Trump and Nixon as Bad as Hitler and Stalin?

Newman runs through a litany of Trump crimes – both perceived and real. But first he compares Trump to Nixon, which makes sense. Donald Trump was impeached twice but not removed. Nixon resigned when the impeachment process gained steam. But Newman also makes the astonishing claim that the Nixon-led Vietnam peace negotiations led to 21,000 deaths and that Nixon was a killer like Hitler and Stalin. That’s quite a statement, but Newman is just beginning down his conspiratorial path.   

Truth and Falsehoods

Next the Trump hater says the former president was convicted of tax fraud. Actually, it was the Trump Organization that was ordered to pay a criminal fine, but close enough. Then Newman claims “He is no longer allowed to manage charities in New York State.” That statement based on a Facebook post has been fact-checked untrue by PolitiFact. There are requirements and stipulations for Trump and his family before they can start a charity again, but not an outright ban.

Misleading Statements

Another complaint listed by Newman is “He had to pay $25 Million for his role in the fraudulent Trump University.” It was really a settlement with the plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit. The next claim is Trump could “soon be indicted in both New York and Georgia for crimes related to the election of 2016 and 2020.”

I think Newman is referring to the Stormy Daniels case in New York for the 2016 election, but that statement is misleading and lacks clarity and context. It is accurate that Trump could be indicted for his actions to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

Donald Trump Is Like the Daub Family?

Newman said the Daub family who committed suicide in late January in Pennsylvania, were part of a cult and that they were Trump supporters. The only thing I found on the three people who died was that they were devout Christians. I suppose one could assume they voted for Trump, but that is not clear – another misleading statement. Newman also said Trump is like Bob Jones. I suppose he is referring to the conservative and evangelical Bob Jones University in South Carolina, again a murky connection with no context.

Trump Derangement Syndrome

I won’t keep this up, but you get the idea.

I understand that people on the Left despise Donald Trump, but sometimes their passion gets the best of them, and the facts suffer.

The Daily Kos may wish to edit these missives and make sure they are totally based on reality before they go up on the site. I am guessing the Daily Kos thinks Trump is a parasite because of his hold over the Republican Party, but we don’t know exactly why Trump is parasitic. 

Articles like these are why Conservatives refer to the former president’s haters as being associated with “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” I have been accused of having “TDS” on social media too, so go figure. But I do my best to call balls and strikes fairly and objectively. Maybe Daily Kos should rethink this one. 

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Author Expertise and Experience

Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations. 

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Now serving as 1945s New Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.