Ever since Donald Trump, “serious politician” became a thing, my mind has wrestled with two thoughts. One is wow, what a disingenuous, irredeemable shitbiscuit. I can’t believe this is actually happening. That’s the obvious one and to be honest, the one that often wins out. The other is more of an occasional feeling of concern as in guys, there is clearly something the matter with this elderly grandfather. Can we please stop taking advantage of him for political gain and maybe see about getting him some help?
I realize that with enough manipulation it’s possible to twist almost any set of circumstances into almost any narrative you wish, but I want you to keep the following lists in mind as you read this.
some of the cognitive symptoms of dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Memory loss
- Difficulty communicating or finding words
- Difficulty reasoning or problem solving
- Difficulty with planning or organizing
- Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
- Inappropriate behavior
Does any of this explain away the things Trump has done and make him a good person? Hardly. Does it make him a sympathetic figure? Maybe a little, but there’s still an awful lot going on when you start digging into his background that makes him a difficult person to feel all that sorry for. Does any of it even absolutely prove anything? No, but it should give us all something to think about, because either conclusion you come to is dangerous. America is either being shepherded by a man in medical distress or by a calculating yet unstable lunatic. Even if you voted for him and especially if you’re in a position to prop him up for the sake of a few years in charge of the agenda, there has to come a point when there’s no choice but to admit that this isn’t doing anyone any good on any level.