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Psychiatry Professor Says We Must Stop Ignoring Trump’s Cognitive Impairment, ‘This Is Dementia!”
John Talmadge is a psychiatry professor at the Harvard School of Medicine, and he has been watching Trump for some time. He has said that in his clinical opinion, Trump was in advanced cognitive decline. It is incredible that true specialists in this area of disease can come out – putting their professional credentials on the line to say, “This man is ill,” and have it be the president, and it barely turns a head anymore.
But no one could watch that Axios interview on HBO with Jonathan Swan and think that Trump was in any way in control of his faculties, and more people are now talking about Trump’s cognitive decline after the interview. Talmadge is one of them, setting it out without any fear of consequences:
Please stop ignoring Trump’s cognitive impairment. Trump is cognitively impaired, disabled, incompetent. He is incapable. He can’t process information. He can’t engage in dialogue. His memory & judgment are defective. This is dementia,
Please stop ignoring Trump's cognitive impairment. Trump is cognitively impaired, disabled, incompetent. He is incapable. He can't process information. He can't engage in dialogue. His memory & judgment are defective. This is dementia. #Presidementia #TrumpDementiaSyndrome https://t.co/UE1atyVs9p
— John M. Talmadge, MD (@JohnMTalmadgeMD) August 4, 2020
And yet the country does ignore it. During Trump’s press conference this evening, he called the Beirut explosion an “attack,” and when pressed upon it, said that he met with “our great generals” and they told him it was a bomb of some kind.
No one believes him. They believe what the Lebanese government put out, that it was an accident. A massive explosion happened in the Middle East – just what the world needed – and Trump calls it an attack. No one believes him! This is what it looks like to have a president with dementia.
Maddow is on fire, ridiculing Trump for calling the blast in Lebanon "a terrible attack." Then backtracking and saying "Well it seemed like an attack." He can't evaluate events or make executive decisions. It's all fantasy & playtime for him. Frontotemporal Dementia.
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) August 5, 2020
More people had observations along the exact same lines.
It most certainly is cognitive impairment, organic, age-related or from decades of illicit drug abuse. Compare how he speaks and moves now with ten years ago.
You're on target on the rest though. Presidents should be screened at least as carefully as cops and infantrymen.
— em lafleur 💙 Remember George Floyd 💙 (@Skyjudge4NFL) August 4, 2020
We have published video of interviews from ten years ago. He was far more lucid and capable of nuance – relatively speaking.
It’s not statistics. It’s percentages & ratios. Something you’re taught junior high or earlier.
And frankly, it’s not all that different than a batting average, rbi, era, etc. which I’m sure as a star baseball player he once understood.
— Yogi35898 (@yogi35898) August 4, 2020
This is completely besides the point. If the president doesn’t understand the difference between 25% of the cases, or a 25% increase, that’s it – that’s all that matters. He isn’t qualified to be president.
Did you see the tremor in his right hand? At least when Reagan was showing cognitive impairment, he had Nancy. Melanie doesn't look like the caring type. pic.twitter.com/OUgGPG8POf
— Jennifer (@Jennife60434825) August 4, 2020
We didn’t notice. The above picture could be a little off because Trump wears platform heels – we have produced pictures of them, but all the other symptoms are there, too.
These observations by a couple other medical professionals seem astute and relevant: pic.twitter.com/sx9PFaHXfL
— Antone Johnson 😷 (@antonejohnson) August 4, 2020
Sorry Jen. They say it is the cruellest disease and for those who love them incredibly painful.
I do suspect in Trump's case he has always been like this tho. I'd still like to see the 25th invoked, but for his malignant narcissism.
— Juliette Hall (@TheTurfConsett) August 4, 2020
Yes, and that is why he shouldn’t be president, even though no one loves him, including his family. But his family should be preparing him to step down, somehow.
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