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WH Reporter Notes Serious Decline in Trump from Last Two Press Conferences: ‘Put a Fork in Him, He’s Done’

As we have reported in real-time, Trump’s press conferences over the last two days have been “different.” In both press conferences, one of which was interrupted by a shooting out on the street, we noted immediately that Trump appeared sedated. Today, Trump slurred through so many of his words that we had trouble tracking a few of the things said.

Additionally, as we reported early, Kaitlin Collins of CNN noted that Trump appeared to use his notes on a completely unrelated topic to answer a question about Kamala Harris – he also mispronounced the name “Kamala,” which is odd but telling. Obviously we weren’t the only ones who noticed, we’ve already reported on the reaction from many on Twitter.

Now some are wondering if it goes deeper, if this is part of a more organic disease process. It is appropriate to ask – since Trump seems to always point the finger at Biden – whether Trump is suffering from dementia, or whether he has just completely given up. We don’t know, but we do highlight things said and speculated upon by people who are watching Trump closely.

Brian Karem has reported as a White House correspondent for Playboy and several other outlets and was in the Brady Room today for the press conference. Karem has picked up on a new tone in the White House in the last 2-3 weeks, one of fear and tension. He has said that they know they’re losing.

Tom Joseph has watched frontotemporal dementia destroy family members and researched the disease as thoroughly as a layperson can:

Trump truly did look terrible on both days. It is also notable that he hasn’t been tweeting near as much, either. On his way out of the press briefing room he grasped the panel near the door, as if to steady himself.

We don’t know exactly what is going on with Trump. The situation is also complicated by the fact that people believe he’s significantly medicated a lot of time, and people can make of that what they will. He looks like he’s gained weight and is in slow motion. In the last two days he couldn’t organize his thoughts to even to the limited degree that he normally obtains. He lost his way so badly through an answer that he started using notes from his presentation on a completely different topic.

He was that out of it.

For the last week he has had one or at most two things on his schedule maximum, and nothing before 11:00 a.m., though he’s obviously up watching television in the morning. He does care about ratings, the show must go on.

But he looks worse than at any point in his presidency. Watch for Biden to get a 3-4 point bump off the Harris appointment and Trump’s behaviors.


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Jason Miciak is an attorney, author, political analyst and writer originally from Canada, with dual citizenship, living with his wife and daughter in southern Mississippi. He has an B.S. in Biology and a Minor in American History from Gonzaga University and a J.D. from the University of California. He does as little law as he can get away with while now doing full time writing for Political Flare. He also enjoys gardening, fishing, casual reading in science and dogs.


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