Over the past month in general since the arrests of his underlings began, and over the past week in particular since Michael Flynn decided to cut a plea deal against him, it’s felt like Donald Trump has gone even further off the deep end than usual. His tweets have seemed even more horrid and inappropriate. His public appearances have seemed even more grotesque. It turns out it’s not just fatigue that’s causing you to think Trump is getting psychologically worse; experts are now confirming that he is getting worse.
Dr. Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine has written a letter to the editor of the New York Times in which she spells out that Donald Trump is in fact in rapid psychological decline. She says she represents thousands of psychologists who agree with her general assessment. Here’s the most damning portion of Dr. Lee’s view:
“We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability — in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger. Ordinarily, we carry out a routine process for treating people who are dangerous: containment, removal from access to weapons and an urgent evaluation.”
That’s right, medical doctors now believe Donald Trump’s psychological condition has worsened to the point that they don’t even believe it’s safe for him to be around personal weapons such as handguns or knives or blunt objects. Yet because the Republican Congress is still trying to prop Trump up a bit longer in order to pass its tax scam, the clinically unstable Trump has access to nuclear weapons. You can read Dr. Lee’s full letter to the editor here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report