Brain specialist doctor believes Donald Trump’s frontal lobe is failing

Over the past week Donald Trump has begun making so many basic confused errors that it’s become a matter of serious concern to a number of Americans. He’s forgetting names. He’s forgetting people. He’s forgetting what to do during the National Anthem. He’s forgetting that a kid just handed him a hat. He’s forgetting which country he just bombed. And now a brain specialist doctor says she believes it’s evidence that Trump’s frontal lobe is failing.

Brenda J. Iannucci, M.D., is a Cognitive Function Specialist based in upstate New York. She’s been attempting to diagnose Donald Trump’s health from afar, which seems warranted in light of Trump’s refusal to release his medical records during and since the election. Dr. Iannucci summed up Trump’s worsening lack of recall in the following fashion: “Cognitive failure in Trump: naming functions located frontotemporal regions of brain. Recall and reasoning fail concurrently” (link). The circumstantial evidence to support her assertion is growing by the day.

Over the weekend Donald Trump humiliated himself by not remembering to put his hand over his heart during the Easter Egg Roll, and then taking a kid’s hat from him and autographing it before randomly flinging it into the crowd – seemingly forgetting that the kid had just handed it to him. Then he went on Fox News and unwittingly revealed he didn’t remember that Kim Jong-Il gave way to Kim Jong-Un in North Korea six years ago. Then he began repeatedly referring to his close ally Paul Ryan as “Ron” during a Tuesday rally in Ryan’s home state. And this came after Trump bombed Syria and then immediately announced that he had bombed Iraq instead.

So when Dr. Brenda Iannucci states her professional assessment that Donald Trump’s frontal lobe appears to be failing, even someone who’s not a medical professional can see where she’s coming from. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. Citizen 3000 on April 19, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I don’t know if it’s his frontal lobe or if he is just preoccupied with the thought he might get caught for treason

  2. Feona on April 19, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Don’t buy into Trumps memory or potential brain issues. Remember he’s truely evil. I’m certain it has to do with his Trump/Russia defense. He’s also just stupid.

  3. Claudia Groh on April 19, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Ummm maybe, but much is stress. When you are trying to run the White House and business and trying to deal with intelligence committees, and the chatter, and FBI, and having best buds 😁toss you under the bus,in fighting, it does affect the frontotemporal part of the brain. And it affect so much other thing. He to sleep, and just not bother with anything for very long awhile. Now we know the Donald isn’t going to do this.
    But I noticed his vision isn’t good, another sign of stress and blood pressure, maybe?

    Even with all of this going on. I don’t care! I will not excuse him for the damage he caused as he did all of this before this frontotemporal problem. He will use this to get out of legal issues too and I hope they continue as they have nursing homes in prison!

    My compassion for illness and for mental delayed population is great, or any type of disability, but not him, he will not earn that right ever. But he will ride off in the sun set and all the minions will giggle about how he rolled us all!

    This too will pass you watch.

  4. Renee on April 19, 2017 at 2:46 am

    AND…he recently forgot to sign an executive order during a signing ceremony!! Left the room with cameras rolling. Everyone looked around in disbelief. Pence picked it up off the desk and followed him out.

  5. Dark Snark II on April 19, 2017 at 5:48 am

    This should be proof positive that Trump is mentally incapacitated and should be asked to step down for the good of the country.

    But before he releases his taxes. What is he hiding?

  6. hawkny on April 19, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Not too surprising, considering the pressures of the presidency. The eligibility standards should be changed to ensure that whomever is elected president is younger than 65 years of age before the date of the November general election.

  7. doris franklin on April 19, 2017 at 9:21 am

    My mother died from Alzheimer’s disease and watching Donald Trump is terrifying. She had many of the same problems as he did and it got progressively worse very quickly after she reached a certain stage in the disease. Trump’s behavior is very similar to my mom’s, forgetting names, she’d get angry about things and accuse people of things then forget about it. Trump needs to be mentally evaluated immediately and the failure of those around him to not recognize it makes me sick. This is the reason he has to have his daughter with him in the White House all the time, she can explain things to him and keep him calm. Our nation and the planet are in danger because of this man.

  8. Zelly on April 19, 2017 at 9:47 am

    “And now a brain specialist doctor says she believes it’s evidence that Trump’s frontal lobe is failing.”
    Seriously, just his frontal lobe?

    • Dorothy on April 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Agree – Just his frontal lobe.?

  9. Izzy on April 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Oh the right lobe’s connected to the left lobe and the left lobes’s connected to the front lobe and the front lobe’s connected to the back lobe. Now the back lobe’s connected to the top lobe abd the top lobe’s connected to the bottom lobe and that’s connected to Trump’s mouth!

  10. Laura L. Nelson on April 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I am a very recently retired professor trained in language arts and one of my FB friends is a recently retired special education teacher. After listening to and reading Trump’s off the cuff speech, as well as watching his behavior in interviews and reading about his habits, we strongly believe that he is cognitively impaired and has been since he was a child. He displays many, many characteristics of ADHD, learning disorders, and executive function impairment. Many of his extremes of behavior are typical coping mechanisms he uses to compensate for his impairment. Thanks to his wealth, he’s always been able to hire help to compensate for what he himself can’t do. He’s never had to own up to his limitations. Ramifications of this are, of course, very very worrying– he is profoundly maladjusted and arguably not capable of carrying out the responsibilities of his current office.

  11. Rosemary on April 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Palmer Report!!! I love your work and look forward to your blog every day and night…having your perspective and insight has helped me contain my own sanity through all this crazy political shitstorm we are in…In today’s post, you gave a lot of credit to Trump’s basic stupidity to a health issue…I just think he is ignorant and doesn’t care enough about people to learn or know anything about them…including their names…his constant, belittling behavior toward people throughout his campaign and since…his utter disrespect for the laws, ethics, manners, common decency and anyone else who isn’t rich like him or a customer…To him, they/we are all worthless and need to die, in his books…so no, I don’t think it is an illness,….it is who he is…he could care less about any of the points you mentioned in this blog…he tossed the kids’ hats because that is the callous, mean person he is…not because he his lobes are failing…that’s a cop out…don’t let him have it, its like buying his accusers off…just trying to get away with one more thing…but he is an ass…plain and simple…but still, I love your stuff….you are amazing…keep up the great work, when I can, I will donate…but my own funds are pretty tight right now…I still appreciate all you do… and say…so Thanks, Bill Palmer!! 🙂

  12. Rose Meade on April 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    SO—Let’s get a court order and MAKE Trump take a mental/physical exam. Instead of all these long distance speculations of Trump’s health. Isn’t this why WE have all these Federal Judges, to get warrants and court orders? One of the Intelligence Committee’s can put in for it, or better then that, the FBI! Why would it have to be a Republican? Or does it? They aren’t God! Even Trump ISN’T God!! ( More like the son of Satan).

  13. Wendy M Burke-Bartle on April 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    He did also forget to sign his EO the other day with the press corps looking on in bewilderment.

  14. Rose Meade on April 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Dr. Brenda J. Iannucci isn’t the only one that believes Dirty Don is “mental”. According to your article on 01/31/17: “Former Trump Organization executive; Trump is mentally Ill, has been for decades”.
    Dr. John D. Gartner announced that in his view “Trump is dangerously ill” based on his visible symptoms, which was reported on by U. S, News & World Report. The New York Daily News to report that various other mental professionals have the same view of Trump’s symptom’s.
    And according to Independent, 02/16/17: “Former Republican Judge calls for Donald Trump to be “Impeached & Removed with All Haste,” “Each new day is a new nightmare”. (What happened to this judge’s order? Thrown under the rug? Or paid off? ) A former Republican Judge is calling for the U S President to be hastily impeached. Writing for, Mark P. Painter, a former Ohio Court of Appeals Judge has offered to help his congressman Representative Steve Chabot draft the articles for impeachment. ” In any time except our post-factual era, no office holder, much less the President, could get away with anyone of the dozens of dazzlingly illegal things Donald Trump has already done. They would forfeit office immediately”.

  15. Keith Dobson on April 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Maybe he’s ‘working his ticket’? The nursing home could be looking like a pretty good option to keep open at this point in things..

  16. Adriana Rosas on April 20, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Stage Two Alzheimers

  17. Claudia Groh on April 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Well I think it’s change, he show signs he can’t handle changes! Fox and O’Reilly huge change! Can’t control situations, causes stress he goes bonkers!
    Takes about a day or two then gets his composure back. For whatever that means

  18. Glen Fleetwood on April 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm


  19. Sharon on April 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I’m in no way qualified to make a medical or psychological diagnosis but have to agree 100%. The man is delusional. I will add that I believe the same was true of Ronald Reagan … he was already suffering from Altzheimer’s when he was elected and throughout his presidency. It didn’t just suddenly show up within weeks after he left office. I truly believe that he thought that he was playing the ROLL of president in a movie and never knew that he was ACTUALLY president. He was patriotic and presented a great patriotic stand-up figure whom the masses could rally behind while those sniveling greedy scum could get away with anything they wanted and ruin our country and our economy for their personal gain. The only difference now is that unlike Reagain who just learned his lines in preparation for standing before the camera, THIS renegade DOESN’t just learn his lines and do and say what he’s told, he shoots “off the cuff” and goes off script! Sean Spicer has his hands full trying to cover up and clear the debris! I also see a lot of evidence to support those articles that have proposed that the current potus is illiterate or is unable to read beyond a 3rd grade level. I don’t believe that both factors are at play, but either illiteracy OR dementia can explain an awful lot!

    • John Odgers on April 24, 2017 at 12:38 am

      I’ve seen and heard the illiteracy ‘evidence’ and at first it is pretty convincing. But one must consider that he DID get somehow through Wharton which isn’t an easy school (although his transcripts are probably as enigmatic as his tax returns) and he didn’t have the benefit of a legacy daddy as his most recent Republican predecessor did at Yale. So . . . is he illiterate, nuts, frontally failing, in early stages of dementia or Alzheimers or just plain nasty? Hope we don’t have to wait too long before somebody has the power and fortitude to find out for the sake of all of us.

  20. Betty Seed Woellner on April 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Hmm maybe Mental Health Services will find its way back in the Health Care drafts.

  21. Bobby Bounds on April 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    His Legacy will be an embarrassment to the USA…

  22. Peter Wickham on April 22, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Frontal lobes? Does he have any? Must check out the anatomy of an earth worm’s brain.

  23. Alex Ashton on June 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    The allusions to Reagan are on point. Reagan clearly suffered from a (fortunately) gradual decline in his faculties, and it seems to have begun before he entered office. Reagan, however, seemed to accept his role as a front man, and he surrounded himself with a lot of smart people. One can certainly argue with their political philosophies, but their was no lack of intellectual horsepower in the WH in those days. He was impulsive, and going off script was an ongoing problem, but they did their best to keep him on message, and he would accept guidance, especially from his wife. He also seems to have been coached over a long period of time on a set of political philosophies and bons mots to go with them, so under pressure he seemed at least reliably to fall back on those. He also seemed to be, and by most accounts was, a “good guy,” and his detail-light bromides could more easily be accepted as folksy and avuncular than Trump’s vicious barking.

    Trump, by contrast, has a deep streak of paranoia, and he has surrounded himself with minions either as dim-witted as he is, dangerously beyond even Reagan’s level of conservatism and well into alt-right fantasy land, or both. He also has no conscious recognition of his mouthpiece role, and he is prone to accept with deep conviction that his random, uninformed intuitions are the best and only path for America.

    He is sort of like a large asteroid in an unstable, decaying orbit around the Earth. We know it is going to crash, we know it will be smashed to bits when it lands . . . the only question is how much collateral damage it will do, and to whom.

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