The king of irony strikes again. Looking for anti-Presidential vacation and golf tweets? Need some legitimate fake alternative “facts”? President Trump’s got you covered.
In fact, there seems to be a contradictory Donald Trump tweet for every occasion. The latest example of past-Trump trolls present-Trump comes from his October 2014 tweet questioning the mental health of then-U.S. President Barrack Obama.
I am starting to think that there is something seriously wrong with President Obama's mental health. Why won't he stop the flights. Psycho!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2014
The underlying spark to Trump’s October 2014 outrage tweets toward Obama was the reports of Ebola within the United States. Trump, along with numerous others, were quick to question Obama’s decision not to block flights entering into the United States. Trump and crew also hastily dismissed the expert Ebola threat analysis by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) with such tweets as:
As ISIS and Ebola spread like wildfire, the Obama administration just submitted a paper on how to stop climate change (aka global warming).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
Tremendous pressure on President Obama to institute a travel ban on Ebola stricken West Africa. At some point this stubborn dope will fold!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2014
There is a good possibility that a person who treated patients in West Africa and who FLEW into New York has Ebola. Touched many, bedlam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2014
For a couple of weeks, Trump and his like-minded ilk would make claim, adequately paraphrased as: “Everyone is going to get Ebola, we’re all gonna die–Thanks, Obama.”
Trump’s last Ebola tweet would come after the Ebola “bedlam” did not spread like “wildfire” and kill everyone. Like many a naysayer, neither Trump nor the like-minded letter writer (see the previous link) would ever own up that they were wrong and the professionals were right.
Who knew researchers, scientists, and experts were more qualified than the untrained? (NOTE: CNN knew expert analysis matters.)
However, Trump’s criticism would do him no harm as he would go on to “win” the 2016 election. A far less fortunate fate would come to the aforementioned like-minded letter writer as he would be ousted from his office and convicted of four counts including attempted theft in office and simple assault involving a female officer who accused him of sexual harassment.
That’s the breaks, kids.
The latest round of questioning President Trump’s mental fitness is nothing new but has increasingly become a partisan debate.
The defenders of Trump, such as Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggest:
“It’s absolutely outrageous to make these types of accusations, and it’s simply untrue, and it’s sad that people are going and making these desperate attempts to attack the president,” Sanders continued. “What I think is really mentally unstable is people that don’t see the positive impact that this president is having on the country.”
However, Sanders conveniently forgets that President Trump has been whimsically quick to dismiss experts. When convenient, Trump has shown no problem diagnosing the mental health of others. For instance, in regards to the Las Vegas concert gunman, President Trump pronounced, “He was a sick man. A demented man. Lot of problems, I guess.”
In fact, when it comes to gun violence, mental health seems to be Trump’s “go to” defense as evident by Trump labeling the Texas church shooter as a “very deranged individual.”
Non-professional mental health observations are good enough for Trump, so what evidence exists to question Trump’s psychological well-being?
First, the new Fire & Fury book declares that White House insiders describe Trump as having an “apparent inability” to read and “can’t even follow a Powerpoint.” Which has led the same insiders to wonder if Trump has ADHD, a learning disability or maybe he can’t “read or is semi-literate.” More importantly, the book claims:
“Everyone around him says the symptoms have got worse in the year he has been in office – his attention span has lessened, his verbal patterns are more peculiar.”
And that some speculate Trump displays “the early stages of dementia.”
Unfortunately, there appears to be no mandatory requirement for President Trump to have a psychological evaluation to determine his mental state. Thus, psychiatrists, like Lee, can only make distant observations and can’t provide a true diagnosis of President Trump.
To those wishing to dismiss the capability of the psychiatrists, here’s a 1992 interview with Donald Trump to compare to Trump today. The video shows a distinct difference between 1992 and current day Trump.
Here’s what matters.
It is dangerous that President Trump chooses to conveniently add stigma to the mental health crisis in the United States to make a political argument. Millions of Americans suffer from mental health issues and most never end up going on shooting rampages.
However, the Trump scapegoat argument that gun violence is a result of the sick, the deranged, and demented would also apply to him.
See something, say something, right?
After all, as President, nobody has more guns at his disposal than Donald J. Trump, believe me. Is President Trump going to impulsively blow up the world? Does President Trump need help that he is not receiving? Regardless of whether one supports or does not support Trump–all should care about his health.
Furthermore, the primary reason for Trump to be mentally evaluated is it is vital (for both Americans and even Trump himself) to know if the President is stable or if he needs professional assistance. That is the non-political truth.
However, Trump trolling current-Trump might describe the situation best when he said:
“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn’t a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it.”