What is wrong with Donald Trump? That’s not a facetious question anymore. Though he’s always been misogynistic, racist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, xenophobic (really, all of the –phobics), anti-Semitic, and just all around bigoted, he’s become more and more extreme. This drastic shift from “the guy who is kind of misogynistic” to “the guy who actually complained about Rosie O’Donnell during a Presidential debate” may correlate to dementia and cognitive decline.
The writer behind Neurocritic detailed the signs of Trump’s mental deterioration, comparing it to Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer diagnosis. Though Reagan was diagnosed when he was 83, signs of the disease started much earlier. Researchers analyzed many of the late former president’s cut-off speeches and found a significant decline in his mastery of language. By his second term, he used more non-specific nouns (thing, something, anything), more filler words (well, so, basically, actually, literally, um, ah), and much more low-imageability verbs (get, give, go, have, do).
Trump hit this point long ago, and has entered the “long rambling” phase while relying on fallback words like “tremendous.” His speaking level is closer to a fourth-grader than an educated adult. And it’s getting worse.
Alex Leo—a brave soul at Daily Beast—transcribed a single sentence from Trump’s campaign speech in South Carolina. It’s hard to read, much less listen to:
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.
Trump also has a family history of Alzheimer’s. His father Fred was diagnosed just six years before his death, and for most sufferers, symptoms start manifesting at age 65.
“I’m not saying that Donald Trump has dementia,” Joe Scarborough said during a recent segment on Trump’s mental state, “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.”
“Donald Trump is the poster boy for Alzheimer’s disease,” former NFL player and medical marijuana proponent Kyle Turley said weeks after Trump’s inauguration. “He has early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. And it is starting to show.”
“What he’s doing is totally erratic,” Turley added. “His decisions and the way he talks and the way he speaks is not presidential. And I want more than anything for him to do that.”
Then there are the recent issues with his slurred speech during his announcement that America would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:
First 30 seconds of Trump’s speech today vs. last 30 seconds.
Some serious speech slurring going on.
Is he on drugs? Did he have a minor stroke?
The American people need to know if our President is mentally fit to lead. pic.twitter.com/Smr6Xjdqee
— Millennial Politics (@MillenPolitics) December 7, 2017