Donald Trump’s mental lapses rapidly worsen as he keeps calling Paul Ryan by wrong name

Full disclosure: I’m not a medical professional. But at this point it doesn’t take a doctor to see the rather obvious pattern in front of us. Donald Trump’s mental lapses are growing more frequent, more alarming, cutting closer to home, and are now occurring multiple times per day. In fact if one were to judge Trump based on his past two days alone, one might conclude his mental capacity is all but fully vacated. Take a look at these several recent examples.

Beginning on Monday morning, Donald Trump was involved in a bizarre incident in which he took a hat from a kid, autographed it, and flung it into the crowd instead of handing it back to him (video link here). The kids yelled out to try to correct his strange behavior, but instead he responded by doing the same thing to another kid’s hat. This was in the same timeframe in which he couldn’t remember to put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem and had to be visibly nudged by his wife. But these minor incidents were merely warning shots.

By Monday evening, Trump had unwittingly revealed during a Fox News interview that he didn’t know the name of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, the one he’s been threatening to blow up for the past week. He also revealed that he believes thirty-two year old Kim Jong-Un is the same guy who’s been in power since the nineties. Trump doesn’t know that Kim and his late father Kim-Jong Il are two different people (Talking Points Memo). Worse, as recently as a few months ago, Trump’s words during the campaign made clear that he did know that these were two different leaders. In other words, he’s completely forgotten the key things that he previously knew about North Korea. And even if his advisers have tried to remind him, it appears he’s now incapable of hanging on to that information.

But perhaps Monday was just a singularly bad day for Donald Trump? As it turns out, he traveled to a political rally today in Wisconsin, the home state of Speaker Paul Ryan. The two Republicans don’t always get along, but they know each other quite well. And yet Trump kept referring to Paul Ryan as “Ron” during his speech today (Bipartisan Report). On their own, any one of these incidents could be seen as a mere gaffe, an absent moment. But strung together, they paint a picture of a man who’s become mentally vacant.

Throw in the incident last week Trump he claimed that he had launched Tomahawk missiles into Iraq instead of Syria, and didn’t seem to understand his mistake after the interviewer pointed it out (link), and it establishes a clear pattern. Donald Trump’s mental lapses are rapidly worsening by the day. Only a doctor could tell us if this is something like dementia or Alzheimers or the mere effects of worsening situational stress. But no matter the diagnosis, it’s clear Trump is objectively incapable of doing the job or holding the office – and he must resign. Contribute to Palmer Report


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37 Comments

  1. se72748 on April 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    It doesn’t take a doctor to realize Trump is failing mentally. I wonder how long it will take before he is completely incapacitated and his family are unable to hide it.This is a very dangerous situaton

  2. Claudia Groh on April 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Stress that’s all it is. Once he gets arrested, for treason or whatever else they can nail on him he will be ok.
    He knows it’s coming, and he knows certain people are tossing him under the bus. He hears the chatter too. Stress does this and can reach the level to schizophrenia, yet not born with the mental illness.
    He may just want to come clean get it over with, tell all his deep dark secrets, then in following weeks improvement in mental health, but, total recovery, I seriously doubt it.
    But remember Trump is good creating illusions, when reality is, he is just fine.
    From pressures of tax returns ,conflict of interests, including daughter, and, pee tape to anything to do with Putin and money laundering, maybe a dead body too, it all adds up!
    Certainly not worth it to me, but, he is the Donald, and wanted it all!
    I hope they arrest him, family and cabinet and appointed people to offices. They are all dirty and I don’t feel sorry for him not one ounce!

  3. Feona on April 18, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I’m sure this sudden memory loss will continue throughout Trumps incarceration and trial. I believe Trumps game plan will have his memory unable to be able to answer anything incriminating during his trial. Yes, stress does Effect your memory but not in the way Trump is displaying. I’ve had memory issues of my own and have studied it extensively.

    • Claudia Groh on April 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

      High blood pressure does it too, and cholesterol medication can cause this.
      Could be something that simple. But what ever it is , he is not stable then or now!

      • Nosmo King on April 25, 2017 at 2:12 am

        The real problem are his followers. They too know about these undesirable traits and habits, and yet, they are still so much in love with him!

  4. Woodrow Parman on April 18, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    The sudden increase of his mental lapses strikes me as an elaborate attempt of pleading mental incompetence in the future when the shit hits the fan and the multiple illegal activities that you have been reporting is revealed by the FBI, CIA et. al. and proven by the Judicial branch of govt.

  5. Glen Fleetwood on April 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I have said this until I am now blue in the face. The reason he sniffs and snorts, is because he is taking Resperdal. That is why we did not see his medical records, because who would want a president taking anti-dementia medicine??.

  6. Glen Fleetwood on April 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    And can’t we get one fking journalist to ask Spicy Spice, when you say audit, are you meaning an IRS audit? If you are telling us Mister Bullshit is in an IRS audit, can we have a copy of the Notice of Audit, he must have received??.

  7. MJ on April 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    So, I’m not wrong when i wonder about his mental state. Thanks for this. Let’s hope this nightmare is soon over.

  8. Rick Rosio on April 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Donald Trump gained the Presidency with the support of a hostile government interference in the Presidential election .
    That conduct is TEASON!
    All the GOP leadership and funders like the Mercers and Kochs and Fox talking heads who empowered this attempted coup with Russian and American oligarchs aided and abetted treason.
    RICO Act to dismantle their empires
    Prison is too good for traitors to this nation in a time of war!

  9. Ben Alcala on April 18, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I thought “The Donald” was just acting like a crazy White racist grandpa, could it be that he isn’t acting? Scary thought indeed…

  10. Sandys on April 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Trump may be hopped on amphetamines to get him thru the day and to be somewhat alert. Doesn’t always work like one would hope and that may be happening him. His mind is drifting to much from the amphetamines. Not good.

  11. yoursotruly on April 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Great writing and obvious to many of us for months but gaining traction among the “Nice clothes, Emperor” crowd but little children recognize it as bullying, what kid hasn’t been a victim of the hat throwing bully? It’s not just what he forgets, he looks like he’s aged a decade in the last year, he is exhausted by a job that is ceremonial, he doesn’t do the real work, he can’t keep up with remembering the lines and which lie is active today. He never wanted the job, knows he can’t do it, is trying to go through the motions and can’t even manage to pretend to be President.

    I still wonder about Melania, she needs to divorce Donald, keep her citizenship, stay alive and stay out of jail and she has a story to tell, has she cooperated? s she safe?

  12. Jeff on April 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    So my dad has Alzheimer’s. I called the diagnosis 5 years before my family got him to a specialist and I actually do think Trump has some form of dementia. Trump was always an odd person (albeit disgustingly fascinating at times), but the amount of stress at that age, and in consideration of a potential genetic predisposition, I just don’t see it any other way.

  13. Sweetpea on April 19, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Don’t forget his huge mistake with the Armada” steaming “toward NK.” He’s practically a drooling moron.

  14. Tim Shepski on April 19, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Or is this a Ronald Reagan moment. If I remember correctly, during the Iran-Contra trials, and the fall out afterwords, Reagan started to show signs of early Alzheimer’s. He managed to insulate himself from the scandal, partly I feel, because of his Alzheimer’s. Is this a real laps of memory, or is Donald Trump going to use this in court if he ever gets indicted. It will be convenient to step into court and say “I don’t recall saying that. I don’t recall doing that.” We will wait and see.

  15. El K. on April 19, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Then what? does the FBI/Senate investigation end? I want his slimy kids and his entire administration OUT and in jail! Trump is illegit and Mcconnell and Ryan and Pence were co conspirators so in the collusion with Russia. We want them all out and we want them to take their sleazy SCJ with them. ALL ILLEGIT!

  16. Photocrazy on April 19, 2017 at 1:28 am

    His father had Alzheimer’s, I believe he does too. He has always been a Malignant Narcissist and a sociopath/psychopath, but he was a lot more with it until 10 years ago. I think that is why Ivanka is now working in the White House.

  17. Mark A. O'Blazney on April 19, 2017 at 3:32 am

    My Little Baphomet….. he’s so cute.

  18. jomama on April 19, 2017 at 6:57 am

    lol..ever think he was setting up a defense to coming charges?
    where he would walk away with the billions he and his family have stolen.

  19. Frank J Perruccio on April 19, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I’m not saying I wouldn’t want it to be true that don the con is losing it, That would be fine with me.

    It does occur to me though, that it might be an act.

    He surely knows all the shit he’s pulled, and he no doubt sees that the wagons are circling.
    The FBI is closing in.
    The house and senate intelligence committees will both resume their questioning.
    FISA warrants have been revealed.
    NY State is going after him.
    People are being arrested.
    People are coming out as flipping on him.

    What if his grand plan to skate on all of this shit is that he’s not mentally fit to stand trial?

    Wouldn’t he need to show publicly that there is progression towards that end?

    These events would be so easy to fake. Could have been cooked up by his lawyers as being his best shot at not dying in jail.

    I remember friends of mine practicing being crazy for weeks before their draft induction exams, and it worked, for some of them.

    Just a thought, I really wouldn’t put anything past him.

  20. kathy gillespie on April 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

    love this report

  21. Julius Sadach on April 19, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Smart ppl realized this in the beginning Trumpers are Idiots and so is the electoral college!

  22. Bunnie O"Hara on April 19, 2017 at 11:24 am

    we seriously need to get rid of this incompetant man before he involves us in a
    nuclear war–we can see or hear his irrationality and the cowards who supposedly lead our country
    do not speak out for fear of losing their jobs–the hell with our country it’s just for the politicians
    CONGRESS DO YOUR JOB—you all know who you are
    COWARDS

  23. Jesse on April 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Syphilis!

  24. Michael Baer on April 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Or invoke the 25th amendment, but then it might be harder to remove Pence due to the Russian collusion scandal…

  25. Rose Meade on April 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Maybe it’s a trick!! Making all these errors on purpose, so he would resign instead of being Impeached! And charged with Treason…..He’ll get off because of being “mental”. He’ll end up in the hospital for Alzheimer’s or the padded cell, instead of being behind bars with the rest of the Swamp Snakes!

  26. John Tripp on April 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Good chance his behavior is a side effect of taking Propecia, which prevents hair loss. Guess Trump thinks its worth appearing mentally compromised for the sake of vanity. Of course, it could be grounds for his removal when it becomes convenient.

  27. jackie on April 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    crazy id as crazy does

  28. John Enns on April 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    And there are still people who are somehow still capable of defending him and their vote for him. The cognitive dissonance is real

    • Rosie on April 19, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      John, I agree. There’s a reason that he has Ivanka and Jared so close and involved . . . that’s just for one thing that’s wrong with this picture.

      • Claudia Groh on April 21, 2017 at 10:09 am

        Oh boy howdy!
        Never felt comfortable with this so called very close family.
        About as bad as Nancy Regan help hiding and guarding Ronnie, who was another joke!

  29. MFlynnMD on April 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I AM a physician, and the signs are clear. Obese, diabetes, hypertension, ED, low T; actually, some red wine now and then would do him good.

  30. Julie Sadler on April 20, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    He’s gone nuts because he has a very bigly job he never intended to have in the first place.

  31. Dan on April 20, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Maybe staying up until 3am at age 70 is not the best idea either.

  32. Douglas Owens-Pike on April 21, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    following in the great tradition of R Reagan, who had clearly lost memory capacity early on in his first term. He was a consummate actor who could deliver with conviction a script handed to him to perform. Trump is all bombast. For our shock, horror, and occasional entertainment he rarely sticks to the script handed him.

  33. SallyF on April 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

    He called a the press in to witness the signing of an Executive Order and then walked out without signing it. Pence tried to chase after him but he kept walking. He has the vocabulary not only of a child, but a person who is searching for the words. When you have had relatives with dementia you can see the signs. As the writer said, he knew these things previously. He knew how to speak in coherent sentences previously.

    We can’t have a president who can’t function.

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