Quick, recite the Pledge of Allegiance. If you grew up in the United States, you’ll have no problem doing it, because you grew up saying it on a regular basis. In fact, if you found that you could no longer recall the words to the Pledge of Allegiance, you’d probably be alarmed over it. This brings us to Donald Trump.
Take a look at this video, posted by The Recount, of Donald Trump attempting to recite the Pledge of Allegiance today. You can’t hear his voice, but watch his mouth:
President Trump recites the Pledge of Allegiance at this morning's 9/11 commemoration in Shanksville, PA. pic.twitter.com/KZPWjai9ye
— The Recount (@therecount) September 11, 2020
Halfway through the Pledge, it’s clear that Trump has lost track of the words, or lost track of where he is – and he then spends the second half of it mouthing seemingly random words in an attempt at covering his tracks. Ironically, Trump lost track of the words when it got to the “Under God” part – which he falsely accused the Democratic National Convention of omitting from the Pledge.
On its own, this one incident might not mean anything significant. But when you put it within the context of Donald Trump’s ongoing and increasingly frequent cognitive struggles during his public appearances, and his recent quasi-confession that had a series of mini-strokes in November, it’s yet another data point suggesting that Trump is in worsening cognitive collapse.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report