Over the past week, Donald Trump has begun acting in an even more disturbing fashion than usual, leading to widespread questions about his psychological fitness and mental competence. The New York Daily News is calling him a “madman” while the New York Times has published a letter from a psychologist which states that it isn’t even safe for Trump to be around objects that could be used as weapon. Now an MSNBC host is reporting that Trump’s own handlers have told him that Trump is suffering from dementia.
MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough is reporting that “People close to [Trump] say is mentally unfit … people close to him during the campaign told me had early stages of dementia.” (link). Scarborough is a retired Republican Congressman who would have had inside connections to Trump’s Republican campaign advisers, which makes his claim fully credible.
No one involved is a medical professional, but plenty of people have seen dementia up close with their loved ones, and would thus know what to look for on a general level. It’s worth noting that earlier this week, Donald Trump randomly and falsely accused Joe Scarborough of having murdered a woman. This gives Scarborough motivation to want to fight back, but it’s also arguably the clearest evidence yet of Trump’s mental unfitness.
If Donald Trump was indeed suffering from early stage dementia during the campaign 2015 and 2016, as Joe Scarborough is reporting, then by now it may no longer be considered “early stage.” In such case the person occupying the office of President of the United States is suffering from full blown dementia. This is precisely why Article Four of the 25th Amendment was crafted to begin with. If Trump’s behavior continues to rapidly decline as it has over the past week, we might see the first-ever forcible invocation of the 25th Amendment.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report