Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The #1 Question About Donald Trump

Finally, someone else is asking the #1 question I have had about Donald Trump since September.

Here's the question: Does Donald Trump have dementia?

Most of what I see regarding Donald Trump characterizes him as stupid, psychopathic, narcissistic, or some combination of the three.

None of that acknowledges the possibility that he may have dementia.

Whatever else he is or isn't, Donald Trump is first and foremost a 70-year-old man. For him to experience Alzheimer's, which often manifests during when a person is in their 60s, would not be strange or unusual.

And yet, the press, as far as I know, has largely ignored the possibility of Donald Trump having dementia.

Enter David Pakman.



By focusing on language, Pakman illuminates the fact that Donald Trump is frequently incoherent. In the segment of Trump's interview with David Muir that Pakman quotes, that may not have come across in the moment (around the 4:00 mark here), because one of Donald Trump's great skills is speaking with such confidence that people tend to go along, even when he not making sense. But when you read his words, or repeat them as Pakman does, the lack of cohesion becomes startling.

Now, David Pakman is not HuffPo, WashPo, or WSJ...but he does have a large enough audience (344,390 subscribers) so that him voicing this concern could trigger more of the needed dialogue. Because we need a LOT of dialogue.

Think with me for a minute. Would you agree that:

1. Donald Trump may well have dementia...
2. If he does have dementia, it will only get worse, because dementia is both progressive and irreversible...
3. If he does have dementia, he may become visibly unable to serve long before his term expires, triggering the exercise of Section 4 of the 25th Amendment...
4. If he does have dementia, the people closest to him probably KNOW it already, and are propping him up...

??

If #4 is true, then nothing that Trump himself says or does is as important as the question, "Who's really governing in the Trump administration?"

Perhaps that should now be the #1 question.

What do you think?
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