New reports accuse Dr. Ronny Jackson, the personal White House physician for Donald Trump, of having improperly handed out prescription drugs for waking and sleeping. In fact a United States Senator just alleged on CNN that Jackson was known as the “candy man” within the Trump White House. This is alarming for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Jackson’s primary patient has displayed the symptoms of being a drug addict.
During the campaign, we all witnessed Donald Trump sniffing his way through debates in jittery fashion. It was far from the only time in which Trump displayed such behavior. Many observers, including former Governor Howard Dean, who is a medical doctor, accused Trump of being high on cocaine. Since Trump took office, he’s periodically displayed similar symptoms of being high on some kind of “upper” drug. This has raised the question of how the president could get his hands on cocaine while inside the White House.
When increasingly loud questions about Donald Trump’s physical and cognitive health finally pushed him to agree to take a physical a few months ago, some were expecting the results to expose that he was a drug addict. Instead the results of the physical showed that he was in impossibly good health, while also claiming that he was fifty pounds lighter than he is, and an inch taller as well. That physical was performed by Dr. Ronny Jackson, who is now being accused of essentially being a White House drug dealer.
There is still quite a lot that needs to be investigated here before we know anything. For one thing, the accusations against Dr. Ronny Jackson have to be proven – which hasn’t happened yet – before we can take them as being true. But Jackson is being accused of improperly doling out a drug called Provigil, whose primary proper use is to keep narcoleptics awake. However, the National Institute for Health has published a study about using Provigil to help dementia patients with their cognitive problems. So we have a president who displays possible signs of early onset dementia and signs of drug abuse, and his doctor is accused of improperly handing out a drug that can help with dementia. We’re quickly getting into scary territory.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report