Donald Trump would improve his chances of a second term in office if he would keep quiet and remain in the bunker. As the election nears, the tv producer president is learning that voters are not buying his self-designed made for tv moments. The more he attempts to project the “strongman” image to be the center of his 2020 candidacy, the more these staged events are having an unplanned effect.
The “wall” around the White House, built to keep protestors at a distance, will be turned into an art installation. The forced commencement address to West Point graduates turned into images of a frail older man tottering down a ramp. A simple drink from a small glass of water requiring an extra push from his other hand adds to the speculation that we need to know a bit more about the health of Donald Trump. The only president in American history to have his yearly physical done in pieces has yet to answer for the unplanned trip to Walter Reed Hospital at the end of 2019.
The “first half” of his physical, as described, prompted many questions that we are asking again today. Trump’s attempt to project strength was a bit more successful in 2016. The campaign compiled images of Hillary Clinton sick and unable to do the job. Concerns over the mental health of Donald Trump have also inspired a great deal of anxiety. Some speculate that Trump’s forward-leaning posture is evidence of frontotemporal dementia rather than lifts in his shoes. Either way, the voters need answers.
The atypical speech patterns, mixing up words (origins and oranges, for example), and failure to remember words have been problematic for years. Are we likely to see debates between Trump and Biden this Fall? It seems unlikely. Just as Trump stifles reporter questions that put him on the spot, the campaign is not likely going to put him on the same stage for an unscripted, uncontrolled 2-hour debate. Trump is not going to get away with “shushing” Joe Biden on live TV.
Virginia is a university & law school graduate, mom, entrepreneur and angry Democrat, hoping for change.