Trump Derangement Syndrome is one affliction suffered by liberals, but many on the left also suffer from a similar mental illness known as Republican Derangement Syndrome. In other words, it’s not just President Donald Trump who lives rent-free in their heads, but Republicans in general.
That’s especially the case for many Democrats when they have thoughts of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who seems to get under their skin without even trying, just by the actions he takes in Congress like confirming conservative Supreme Court justices or any of his other accomplishments.
A prime example of RDS affecting one’s life happened this week in Milwaukee, where one of the city’s most popular television anchors, Ted Perry, was suspended for at least a week following a disturbing remark he made with concern to the number of celebrity deaths in 2020.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, on his personal Facebook page, Perry allegedly commented on the recent and tragic death of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, while at the same time showing his absolute hatred for Republicans and McConnell, specifically.
“2020 takes Alex Trebek but leaves Mitch McConnell? Just end already,” Perry wrote.
Not surprisingly, what ensued was nothing less than an absolute onslaught of criticism from conservatives — and decent human beings in general — around the country. Many suggested that he lose his television gig or at the very least, face harsh consequences.
Perry, who was obviously left scrambling, deleted both his Twitter and Facebook accounts, likely in an attempt to squash any further criticism or allow critics to hammer him online.
“He wished the Republican Senate Majority Leader was dead, in case anyone was wondering,” tweeted local conservative talk show host Dan O’Donnell.
In a classic “CYA” move, within a few hours of being dragged on social media, Perry issued a statement in which he made clear that his disgusting McConnell death fantasy wasn’t reflective of his employer, which happens to a Fox Corp.-owned station.
“I made a statement on my personal Facebook page that was insensitive and does not reflect my journalist values and I was not speaking on behalf of my employer,” Perry wrote, in his last, desperate attempt to save his job.
Since his repulsive post went live, Perry has not been seen on the airwaves. Though it’s unknown how long his suspension will last — or morph into a termination — it was confirmed on Thursday that he won’t be gracing Milwaukee airwaves for at least a week.
Look, it’s one thing to make your political views known on your personal Facebook account. The First Amendment allows us that freedom. But wishing death on one of the most prominent members of Congress as a non-biased, television journalist is, well… a shockingly stupid decision that should carry extreme consequences. It’s just not something you do.
The only thing worse than his actual post will be — if he’s allowed back on air — watching him fake a sincere apology to the station’s viewers.