While part of Donald Trump’s major personality flaws include blatant racism, misogyny, and a complete lack of morals, he’s also become well-known for his extreme, erratic behavior – which has been getting progressively worse over the last few years. While many have pinned Trump’s insane behavior on mental illnesses such as narcissistic personality disorder and bipolar disorder, there might be something more to it.
The creator of the Neurocritic has taken it upon himself to point out what he believes is mental deterioration indicative of Alzheimer’s. The blogger noted that President Ronald Reagan had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his 80s, and that his speeches and grasp on language got progressively worse as time went on – which is certainly what we’re seeing with Trump.
Trump has become infamous for his ridiculous tangents and rants, overly simplified fourth grade vocabulary, and for not being able to actually communicate anything while he rambles. Alex Leo of the Daily Beast transcribed a sentence from a speech Trump gave in South Carolina, and it’s absolute madness to read:
“Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart—you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my, like, credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger, fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.”
Political commentator David Pakman addressed Trump’s deteriorating condition in the video below, comparing old Trump footage to more recent clips – and it certainly appears like Trump is suffering from something far more problematic than just stupidity. Even Trump’s more physical problems, such as his loss of balance and orientation, can be linked to Alzheimer’s:
To be fair, Trump is 70 years old and the oldest person to be elected. His father was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which puts Trump at a heightened risk for the condition.
Many others have suggested that Trump is suffering from dementia, and have voiced their concerns about how well Trump can perform his duties. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough recently said:
“I’m not saying that Donald Trump has dementia, but my mother has dementia. She lives in the moment. She forgets what she said a day ago, a week ago. We can’t have presidents that do that. And I’m not saying that he has dementia. I will leave that to his physician to figure that out.”
Former NFL player Kyle Turley stated before Trump’s inauguration:
“Donald Trump is the poster boy for Alzheimer’s disease. He has early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. And it is starting to show. What he’s doing is totally erratic. His decisions and the way he talks and the way he speaks is not presidential.”
After watching the video, what do you think about Trump’s declining performance?