To me, the biggest health crisis to threaten the United States in memory is not COVID-19.  Trump Derangement Syndrome has impacted more Americans, by far, than the coronavirus. The problem with TDS is that there is no logical explanation for its existence – but unlike COVID, there is a cure.

To be cured of Trump Derangement Syndrome, one must first acknowledge that he or she is suffering from it. This requires some serious soul searching. You must first ask yourself why you dislike Trump so much. You have to be honest with yourself.

Chances are you probably don't really hate Trump, and if you are willing to wade through the "fake news" reports and closely examine the facts you might even find yourself agreeing with some of Trump's positions and his strategies.

Begin by taking a look at Trump's accomplishments since taking office in 2016. There have been many. Whether you want to admit it or not, your life has probably improved under Trump.

Look, I understand that some people see life differently than others. But most of us have a common interest in wanting to see America succeed because if it does, our lives get better. I get that there are different pathways to the prize at top of the hill. But we have to begin to climb. Americans are sharply divided. And many cannot even explain why other than that they hate Trump.

The reality is Trump has made the world safer. He has made America more prosperous. Trump has put more Americans to work while reducing dependency on government. This administration has dealt decisively with the issue of illegal immigration while negotiating trade deals that benefit American workers. And that's just the beginning.

You may not like Trump's personality as portrayed in the media. That is your right. But you must admit, he has kept his word, and most of us are better off for it.

Tell me where I am wrong.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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