‘DeSantis variant’ of Trump Derangement Syndrome beginning to take hold: Jesse Watters

Fox News host Jesse Watters said he’s beginning to see a “variant” of a condition colloquially known as “Trump Derangement Syndrome” online in response to increasingly popular Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is now regularly being mentioned as a potential 2024 GOP presidential nominee.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is a term used by conservatives to describe the outsized outrage from liberals in response to nearly every post, story, or detail posted regarding former President Donald Trump. Watters says he’s now seeing a “DeSantis variant” of those responses from the political left.

Watters introduced a segment on “Fox News Primetime” showing then-viral video of a woman screaming in public in response to an announcement that Donald Trump won the 2016 election, adding that most Americans, by now, have like heard of the condition, which he said “causes libs to become completely unglued, abandon all logic, and embarrass themselves in public settings,” a phenomenon he quipped is “very contagious.”

“[TDS] is very contagious in left-wing circles, and it now appears to have mutated into a brand new strain we are calling DDS,” Watters said.


He went on to note a staged video posted to TikTok of a Florida woman who expressed anger after DeSantis signed legislation that banned the teaching of Marxist-themed critical race theory in the state’s schools.

In the video, the woman enters through her front door, walks into the house, throws her handbag to the floor while walking up to the camera tossing her arms up in the air before screaming. An accompanying caption labels it all a “reaction” to the Florida governor.

“Imagine living with a condition like this, DeSantis Derangement Syndrome,” quipped Watters after playing the clip.

Watters went on to play another clip of a similar instance involving Des Moines East High School special education teacher Megan Geha, which she posted to her “Ms. Magoo” TikTok page. She made similarly angry comments regarding Iowa GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds after she also banned the highly controversial CRT curriculum, which teaches kids that every institution in the country is racist by definition after being established by white supremacist founders.

“I can’t teach anything divisive, I can’t teach critical race theory, and I can’t teach about racial equity,” said a clearly frustrated Geha in the video, posted June 23, as she appeared to be walking in her yard. “This is a call-to-action, teachers. We gotta stand up and fight for our kids because this is bulls**t.”

In another video, Geha told her fans they would be hearing from her a great deal after school starts again in the fall because Reynolds also signed legislation mandating that kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning as they did for decades before a latter-20th century push to eliminate the practice in schools.

Watters went on to note a Fox News poll indicating only 25 percent of respondents that include Democrats support teaching critical race theory in schools.

“These radical teachers don’t care about the facts. In fact, facts make them furious,” he said, adding: “I guess this is the DeSantis variant.”


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