David Pakman

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Donald Trump is mentally unwell

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David Pakman

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Medical experts and observers have long questioned Donald Trump’s mental and psychological health, with malignant narcissism appearing as the most consistent diagnosis of Trump’s supposed illness. Those discussions have fallen to the sidelines in recent years, but resurfaced in response to certain speeches and behavior from the former president.

Watch the above video as Straight Arrow News contributor David Pakman argues that Donald Trump is exhibiting more and more signs of accelerating cognitive decline, and why he says mainstream news outlets are finally beginning to revisit this as a serious concern.


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The following is an excerpt of the above video:

And what I would say if you really want to get a sense for how they can think and how it all works, go and watch a full Trump speech and a full Biden speech, watch the whole thing. And if you watch the Biden speech, you will see that he seems to understand policy, he’s oriented, [knows] the title [sic] the time and place. He’s able to speak extemporaneously about historical foreign policy issues he worked on, and sometimes he mumbles and stutters, which is something he’s dealt with for a long time, and sometimes he seems to lose his train of thought, and then he recovers.

On the other hand, if you watch an hour of a Trump speech, which mostly are these whacked rallies lately, you will see that he tells numerous lies, he makes up stories, he says words that don’t exist, and then sometimes [he] will physically react, because he realizes “I don’t know what I’m saying” and he’ll just change the topic. He will glitch badly. He will sometimes freeze and not know where to go next. God forbid his teleprompter fails, which has happened, he becomes completely incoherent. He’ll tell stories so strange that everybody on stage behind him freezes and goes totally silent, wondering in horror what is going on.

I have to tell you, I am pleased to see that the discussion about Donald Trump’s apparent cognitive decline, memory issues and so forth are finally going mainstream and hitting corporate media. This is something I’ve been covering for years. I’ve interviewed mental health experts, I’ve interviewed experts in neurology, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc., and it is something that has been extraordinarily unfair and biased against Joe Biden, that there is constant.

 

There’s a constant flow of viral videos purporting to show Joe Biden wandering off, and then you suddenly get, instead of this narrow vertical video, you see the full video [sic], he’s not wandering off, he was talking to people, or Joe Biden losing his train of thought, but then recovering, and yet we never get the story of Trump saying things that make no sense. Nikki Haley was in charge of Capitol security on January 6, or I ran against Obama or whatever, constantly misstating basic historical facts, but something is changing.

 

And over the last couple of weeks, we have seen a number of corporate and mainstream media stories actually start dealing with the Trump cognitive issue. And increasingly, rather than setting really low expectations for Joe Biden in general for public speaking, we are seeing right-wing media, including Sean Hannity and others, set the low expectations for Trump, because they’re realizing something is off with this guy. The three-minute rants about electric vehicle batteries, sharks, wind farms, and electrocution during rallies are starting to get into the minds of some of those reporters in corporate media.

 

So just over the last couple of weeks, we heard from Robinson today, that when he went and interviewed Trump just a couple months after interviewing him for an hour, Trump had a vacant look, and had absolutely no recollection whatsoever that he had sat down for an hour in his Florida home with Rama institute a just a few months earlier. This was at a time when Trump was not doing a lot of interviews, where there are articles from Yahoo News coverage from MSNBC, Alex Wagner stories on PBS newshour involving NPR reporters, a Washington Post editorial by Eugene Robinson called is Donald Trump.

 

Okay, there is a growing list of stories that have entered corporate media about what is going on with Donald Trump’s brain. Now, my concern here is just that the reporting be fair. I’ll be very upfront with you. If it turned out that both Trump and Biden get real cognitive assessments, and neither one of them is good, and these are the two choices for a guy with supposed cognitive issues, Biden has done an excellent job, strong economy, infrastructure bill, out of Afghanistan, long list of achievements, more student loan debt forgiveness than any president in history, limiting the cost of certain drugs, all of these great things. So if it turned out that both Trump and Biden had dementia, memory issues, couldn’t pass a cognitive test. All right, our choices are two guys who can’t pass cognitive tests, it’s very obvious that I should be voting for Joe Biden. But my concern here is that the real story, the full story is not being told. And so this is why it’s so good that people like Rabins today, and others are starting to get attention for something that is very, very obvious. Now. I think that there’s another reality to this that is very much a result of the nature of corporate and mainstream media. Which is that the real way, if you asked me, David, I really want to get a sense of Trump and Biden, not from these short clips, how can I do it? It would take four hours, roughly. And what I would say if you really want to get a sense for how they can think and how it all works, go and watch a full Trump speech and a full Biden speech, watch the whole thing. And if you watch the Biden speech, you will see that he seems to understand policy, he’s oriented the title or oriented the time and place. He’s able to speak extemporaneously about historical foreign policy issues he worked on and sometimes he mumbles and stutters, which is something he’s dealt with for a long time, and sometimes he seems to lose his train of thought, and then he recovers. On the other hand, if you watch an hour of a Trump speech, which mostly are these whacked rallies lately, you will see that he tells numerous lies, he makes up stories. He says words that don’t exist, and then sometimes will physically react because he realizes I don’t know what I’m saying and he’ll just change the topic. He will glitch badly. He will sometimes freeze and not know where to go next. God forbid his teleprompter fails, which has happened, he becomes completely incoherent. He’ll tell stories so strange that everybody on stage behind him freezes and goes totally silent, wondering in horror what is going on? If you watch a long form interview with Biden, like, for example, his recent interview with Howard Stern, you will see that he is able to handle whatever topic is thrown at him directly answer questions and generally make sense. On the other hand, watch Trump’s recent interview with Logan Paul, where Logan Paul asks Trump, have you ever been in a fistfight? And Trump can’t even answer the question directly. He goes, Well, I wouldn’t think so. Have you been in a fistfight or not just answer the question. So I think that to really get a sense of these two men, you probably need to watch about four hours of stuff to one hour interviews, one with each candidate and two one hour speeches, one with each candidate. If you do that the contrast is stark. However, a lot of people don’t or can’t do that. And so we are limited to what we get on corporate media to a great degree. In that case, my desire is for corporate media to tell both stories, and increasingly they are finally telling the story of what’s going on with Trump’s brain. This is a good thing.

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