Backstab: GOP Strategist Claims He Would Rather Intervene in Trump's Past Than Hitler's with a Time Machine


Does someone you know have Trump Derangement Syndrome? Symptoms include denial about who won the 2016 election, an obsession with the establishment, and an increasingly hysterical detachment from reality.

There is no cure. Patients should be kept in quarantine, especially away from major television networks.

Alright, we’re clearly joking, but whether you call it Trump Derangement Syndrome or something else, there’s no doubt that some figures seem to be more and more extreme in their anti-Trump rhetoric — and it isn’t just Democrats.

There are some things that you don’t joke about, and one of the worst mass murderers in human history is probably one of them.

Political strategist Mike Murphy, supposedly a Republican, apparently missed that memo. During an appearance on MSNBC that can only be described as bizarre, Murphy went on a strange rant about President Donald Trump, Adolph Hitler, and a time machine.

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No, this isn’t “The Onion.”

As the panel discussed Trump’s recent comments about the hurricane aftermath in Puerto Rico, Murphy declared that if he could go back in time, he wouldn’t use that power to stop Hitler.

Instead, he would use it to try to influence Trump’s childhood.

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“People joke about a time machine. I’m no longer worried about going back to Germany in the ’30s,” Murphy said on the air, clearly alluding to the rise of Nazism in Europe.

“I’ll go back and tell (the president’s father) Fred Trump to be a lot nicer to your kid because he’s a little damaged and we’re dealing with it every day because we have him in the White House,” he continued, according to the Media Research Center.

If it was supposed to be humorous, the punchline seemed to be missing. Remember, the German regime of the late 1930s and early 1940s led to at least 50 million deaths during World War II and the larger Holocaust that took place at the same time.

To put this staggering number in perspective, that’s the equivalent of over sixteen thousand 9/11 terrorist attacks — more than the entire population of California, all wiped out.

Murphy went on to call the president of the United States a “crazy uncle” who was “temporarily in office.”

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At least Trump made it to the Oval Office. Murphy has made a career of being a political adviser to presidential losers. He has previously been involved in the White House campaigns of John McCain, Jeb Bush, Tommy Thompson and Mitt Romney.

As if his bitterness over Trump’s presidency wasn’t already apparent, the not-so-Republican adviser’s Twitter account features a mocking image of Vladimir Putin dressed in a Soviet uniform proudly holding a baby-like Donald Trump like a proud father.

We take it back — maybe Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real condition after all, because that image, plus the Germany comments, are a pretty clear sign that Murphy needs to spend some serious time with a shrink.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.