For years and years now, we’ve all had a pretty good feeling that now-ex-President Donald Trump is suffering from a variety of rather severe mental issues. To be totally honest, no one really knows exactly what those may be — armchair diagnoses are useless at the end of the day and it’s not like Trump and his people are going to announce his mental illnesses to the world.
However, it’s glaringly obvious, nonetheless. And recently, one CNN reporter pointed as much out, using the words of Trump’s own former people to back himself up.
CNN reporter John Avlon explained:
There is something known as the Goldwater Rule that bars diagnosis of a candidate or president’s mental health by professionals or otherwise. Armchair diagnosis can be dangerous and misleading, because it often reflects the partisan bias of the self-appointed analysts. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the evidence provided by the people closest to the president. Like his former chief of staff who called Trump ‘unhinged.’ A ‘moron’ according to his secretary of state. His chief strategist reportedly compared him to an ’11-year-old child who lost a step.’ A ‘madman’ according to a former communications director. An ‘idiot surrounded by clowns’ according to his chief economic adviser. This is a very few examples.”
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Avalon goes on to point out the stark contrast between this and the right-wing media’s treatment of President Joe Biden, in their shameless attempts to paint the President in an unflattering light of severe cognitive decline, using LexisNexis data to make his point.
“Fox News described Biden as ‘senile’ 47 times over the past two years, invoked ‘cognitive decline’ 48 times, raised the specter of ‘dementia’ 22 times, and used the euphemism ‘confused’ 157 times,” the CNN reporter noted. “So much for the Goldwater Rule. This isn’t subtle, and these are just some of the phrases that could be picked to make the same point.”
“What is striking is how Trump’s hardcore supporters believe they know their man better than the people who actually know him. They seem willing to follow him past facts to the point of idolatry,” he went on, adding, “all the whataboutism in the world cannot deflect from the fact Donald Trump tried to overturn an election, tried to destroy our democracy just to soothe his own fragile wounded ego. And the reason isn’t just awful history, it’s that he seems to be his party’s frontrunner in the next election, and that’s why this can’t be ignored. And that’s your reality check.”
You can watch the clip right here:
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