There’s a funny exchange in the otherwise forgettable movie Father’s Day of 1997 that goes like this:

Billy Crystal: You’re a tragic hero. You’re Lou Gehrig.

Robin Williams: Who?

Crystal: Lou Gehrig. Everybody knows Lou Gehrig. The baseball player. He died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Williams: Wow, what are the odds on that?

In the immediate run-up to the November midterm elections—out of which Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, was one of the few Republicans to emerge with much credit—Donald Trump himself appeared to become the ultimate victim of what has been called Trump Derangement Syndrome when he took...


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