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Fri Mar 1, 2024, 10:02 AM Mar 1

"Like someone pulled the metaphorical plug": Dr. John Gartner on Trump's "accelerating dementia" [View all]

"Like someone pulled the metaphorical plug": Dr. John Gartner on Trump's "accelerating dementia"
"Trump looks blank, stops in mid-sentence (or mid-word), his jaw goes a little slack"

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(Salon) Since at least 2016, some of the world’s leading mental health professionals have been sounding the alarm that Donald Trump appears to be emotionally and psychologically unwell – and perhaps even a sociopath or a psychopath. Unfortunately, throughout Trump’s presidency, the COVID pandemic and his willfully negligent response to mass death and suffering, the Jan. 6 coup attempt and the attack on the Capitol by his MAGA forces, and now several years beyond, their warnings have repeatedly proven to be correct. Donald Trump only appears to be getting worse, not better, as he ages, and the pressures of his multiple criminal and civil trials and the 2024 presidential campaign grow heavier.


In a recent conversation with Dr. John Gartner, a prominent psychologist and contributor to the bestselling book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President," the former faculty member at Johns Hopkins University told me that based on Trump's speech, memory, recall, and other behavior, he appears to be “hypomanic” and cognitively deteriorating at a rapid rate:

I had to speak out now because the 2024 election might turn on this issue of who is cognitively capable: Biden or Trump? It's a major issue that will affect some people's votes. Not enough people are sounding the alarm, that based on his behavior, and in my opinion, Donald Trump is dangerously demented. In fact, we are seeing the opposite among too many in the news media, the political leaders and among the public. There is also this focus on Biden's gaffes or other things that are well within the normal limits of aging. By comparison, Trump appears to be showing gross signs of dementia. This is a tale of two brains. Biden's brain is aging. Trump's brain is dementing.


We spoke last week about how Donald Trump's apparent mental and emotional challenges and pathologies appear to be getting much worse. That conversation was widely read and circulated — including by the British and other foreign news media. Why do you think your warnings gained so much traction?

Most of us have known someone, possibly in our own families, who’s had Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. The diagnostic signs are not subtle. My warnings and conclusions about Trump simply confirmed what many people had already observed and concluded for themselves but didn’t have the authority to assert. I was giving voice to what ordinary people see with their own eyes, and they were grateful for validation from a mental health professional.


In our last conversation, you warned that Trump is suffering serious cognitive decline as shown by his speech, memory, and other behavior. Almost on cue, Trump manifests these symptoms at CPAC and at other events over the course of several days. Once you see this pattern of aberrant behavior you can't unsee or otherwise ignore it.

.....Trump manifested a number of phonemic paraphasias. He was trying to say evangelist, for example, but haltingly said "evangelish.” He was trying to say “three years later," but said, “three years, lady, lady, lady.” Trying to spit out the word “lately,” he sounded like a car with a bad battery struggling to turn over. When Trump can't find a word his whole demeanor changes. It’s almost like someone pulled the metaphorical plug. Trump looks blank, stops in mid-sentence (or mid-word), his jaw goes a little slack, and when he starts to talk again, he slurs, speaks haltingly, and often looks confused. Trying to get the word out, he shifts to a non-word that is easier to pronounce. When people are losing their ability to use language they use non-words, They start with the stem of the real word, and then they improvise from there. .................(more)


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I wish he would just accelerate into full-blown Alzheimer's so his family could put him in assisted living. Lonestarblue Mar 1 #1
I hope it happens too late for the pukes to put anyone else in the running for President. NBachers Mar 1 #6
I don't. SergeStorms Mar 1 #23
Reagan had Alzheimer's disease Roy Rolling Mar 2 #24
I wish he'd accelerate to a full-blown... Trueblue Texan Mar 1 #10
A mild stroke that leaves him disabled IbogaProject Mar 1 #18
That can happen the day after Election Day. Dulcinea Mar 1 #19
+1 infullview Mar 1 #2
All I gonna say is....... KS Toronado Mar 1 #3
nailed it! et tu Mar 1 #4
Kicking. MontanaMama Mar 1 #7
"Donald Trump is dangerously demented." Botany Mar 1 #5
From the department of No Shit. MontanaMama Mar 1 #8
Look @ the symptoms of tertiary syphilis and he has all of them. Botany Mar 1 #9
I don't doubt he has it for a minute. MontanaMama Mar 1 #15
The article you linked to is inconclusive at best. ShazzieB Mar 2 #27
KnR Hekate Mar 1 #11
"dangerously demented" diabolical donnie demands democracy destruction deeds daily orleans Mar 1 #12
Sounds like Trump will make the perfect puppet for the various special interests controlling the GOP. sop Mar 1 #13
Excellent article RussBLib Mar 1 #14
Sadly, I have observed these symptoms in my own family peggysue2 Mar 1 #16
When *rump used to make mega-bucks and get his rocks off by telling everyone "You're fired" wasn't Uncle Joe Mar 1 #17
Maybe Dementia J Loser caught something from Moscow Mitch Hassler Mar 1 #20
My roommate had a very rapid dementia decline... malthaussen Mar 1 #21
He could bea drooling zombie and MAGAs would not notice ThoughtCriminal Mar 1 #22
Narcissists Will Do Anything Before.... Mr. Mustard 2023 Mar 2 #25
Personally, I prefer turdump accelerate towards a concrete wall...dementia is slow. cayugafalls Mar 2 #26
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