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The Trump Dx – Have we seen the clincher?

By Ad astra  

Code: Dx = diagnosis. ‘The clincher’ = a fact, argument, or event that settles a matter conclusively.

How many times have we questioned the mental status of POTUS Trump?

It was as far back as November 2016 that we began to do so with Let’s welcome President Trump. Even then, Michael Moore expressed his doubts about Trump’s surprise election and predicted, albeit incorrectly:

This is why we’re not going to have to suffer through four years of Donald J. Trump, because he has no ideology except the ideology of Donald J. Trump. And when you have a narcissist like that, who’s so narcissistic where it’s all about him, he will – maybe unintentionally – break laws. He will break laws because he’s only thinking about what’s best for him.

In May 2017 we began to ask questions about Trump’s competence and performance in 100 days of President Trump.

In June 2017 we were already asserting Trump becomes irrelevant.

In July 2017, just a few months after his election, we first asked: Is Donald Trump Mad?.

In October 2017, even more alarmed, we posted: Who thought Trump couldn’t get worse? 

In March 2018 there was an anguished: What can be done about President Trump?

In April 2018, already convinced of his unsuitability as POTUS, we wrote: Morally unfit.

In July 2018, somewhat desperately, we wrote: The folly of trying to comprehend Trump.

Seeing the end possibly approaching in November 2018, we posted: Is Donald Trump Crumbling?

Last October we asked the question again with: Is Donald Trump Mad – Revisited?

It concluded with:

What a dilemma Trump is for international statesmen and ordinary folk the world over, all of whom fear what this erratic, unpredictable, unbalanced, loud-mouthed, egocentric man will do next. Just listening to his daily harangues from the White House forecourt, and reading his endless Tweets, is enough to alarm any sensible observer. Time and again his pronouncements on trade and economic issues have confused the stock market and sent it into disarray.

Which is why we ask once more: Is Donald Trump mad? Let us have your opinion.

Finally, that piece extended an invitation: If you still have lingering doubts about Donald Trump’s mental state, take a look at this YouTube videotape from MSNBC: The Dangerous case of Donald Trump; 27 Psychiatrists Assess. You may care to review it.

All of the above may evoke readers to ask: “Why then do you seek to provide still more evidence about Trump’s mental state? Haven’t we seen enough already? In medicine, when we believe we’ve nailed the final diagnosis, we declare we’ve got ‘the clincher’, a fact, argument, or event that settles the matter conclusively.

I use ‘clincher’ here since Trump’s performance in recent weeks sounds like one to me. He has sought to give advice about the treatment of people suffering from COVID-19, which has been not only uninformed and stupid; it’s been downright dangerous. You’ve heard his suggestions, reported by SBS News

Medical authorities should look into whether injecting disinfectant into people’s lungs and exposing them to a “very powerful light” could cure coronavirus. These comments that came after Department of Homeland Security spokesman William Bryan, told the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House that early research was indicating the coronavirus dies faster in warm and humid weather than in cold and drier conditions. “Increasing the temperature and humidity … is generally less favourable to the virus,” he said. He also said common disinfectants and bleaches were also extremely effective in killing the virus. This evoked Trump to ask: “Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light … and supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re gonna test that,” Mr Trump said, gesturing towards Mr Bryan.

“And then I see disinfectant, where it knocks coronavirus out in a minute; is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. It gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.

“So, it’d be interesting to check that. So, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds interesting to me.”

Since mid-March Mr Trump has advocated the use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19 infections, with scant evidence of its safety or effectiveness. Now medical experts are warning the dangers of this drug, which they fear might make matters worse. Earlier this week the head of the US agency in charge of developing a vaccine against coronavirus said he was removed from his job for questioning chloroquine.

Yet all this rhetoric has been offered by Trump in the face of 13.8 million more Americans losing their jobs, and an unprecedented 30 million seeking unemployment benefits during the last six weeks.

That’s not all: he has to contend with the fact that the US economy is shrinking at the fastest rate since 2008, as reported by the BBC.

The Commerce Department reported that consumer spending – which accounts for about two thirds of the US economy – dropped 7.6% in the first three months of the year. Spending on food services and accommodation plummeted more than 70%, while clothing and footwear purchases were down more than 40%. Health spending also plunged – despite the virus – as concerns about infection prompted doctors to postpone routine treatments and other medical care.

The economic pain in the US is expected to be even more severe in the April-June period, but economists say even the estimate for the first quarter is likely to be revised lower, as the government receives more data. “It’s very difficult to gauge the depth of the decline,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics: “The economy has just been flattened. We won’t really know the extent of the economic damage for years.”

To add to this lamentable picture, Trump is witnessing the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the US, with over 1.2 million confirmed cases and already almost 70,000 deaths, the highest rate in the world.

Against all of this background, are you now convinced about the dangerous mental state of the POTUS? What is the Trump Dx? Have recent events been a ‘clincher’ for you too?

If you still harbour doubts, read this article in Salon. Are you alarmed? Is the whole world in peril with this man at the helm?

What can be done?

This article was originally published on The Political Sword

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  1. Phil Pryor

    Trump the Chump appears to have serious sicknesses, some or seven or how many, but the socalled free, independent republic, no royalty, no nobles YANKS are a dud lot of offcasts, scraps, rubbish, flotsam, unwanteds, untouchables, mostly from Britain and Europe, with former despised and victimised undergroups, so, what a dogshit mess of a nation it is to be calling itself (ego gone mad) a great place; it’s a land made of assault, murder, theft, occupation, slavery, indigenous slaughter, disgusting exploitation, land abuse, foreign incursions, all the most hideous crime nearly at the fascist level, and, they elect a Trump, a squirt of dogshit descended from a German pissoff refugee runaway dud mob of self fixated cunning shithoust rat replicas, to make the current USA a laughing stock to all with an I Q above single figures. The world is undergoing crises including finance, pollution, sickness, oppression, climate and enough idiotic and desperate voters got into office an orange orifice, unwiped and putrid, a lying low life lout, to make the future rotten, Dreams.., forget it.

  2. Kerri

    The fact Michael Moore failed to recognise is the utterly debauched nature of Mitch Mc Connell and the Republicans.
    Will this be the end of Trump?
    I seriously doubt it. There are enough crooked greedy politicians in the Republican Party to fight for their own live to keep him there and enough dull eyed dim witted voters who will refuse to even listen to criticism.
    Sadly the deplorables will not be those who die from COVID19. The city dwellers and those professionals with jobs involving intellect will be the ones to suffer. The bumpkins will go on chewing their tobacco, drinking their cheap grog and in-breeding to populate the countryside with more of their own.
    I hold very little hope for the USA and great concern for the attitude to China and nuclear weapons.

  3. Aortic

    If the USA is gods country, I am mighty glad I am an atheist. You are correct Phillip, thousands of natives slaughtered, same here and all over the world from those from the land of hope and glory mother of the free. Rape of people and resources whilst under the cloak of their wonderful God and religion. And we still cling to a dysfunctional discordant family at the other side of the world as our ultimate head of state. Without Google can anybody actually name the governor generals of our states? And what is their function apart from opening fetes, if we still have such things. Goughs dismissal engineered by secretive forces in the US, right wing press and conducted by the pisspot Kerr, should have resulted in a revolution and action on an independent nation. And here we are in 2020, still prevaricating on whether we should break away from the ” mother country.” I am of an age I may not see it happen but trust that our kids and grandkids will stand up and be counted. Large swathes of our immigrants couldn’t point to the UK on a map and with their current Brexit woes and virus calamity, I doubt our own Brexit would be at the forefront of their mind. Come on people, once this crisis is over lets call Australia home.

  4. Terence Mills

    All is explained :

    New Evidence That Donald Trump Originated In A Lab
    By The Shovel on May 11, 2020

    New evidence has emerged this week that suggests Donald Trump may have been the result of a laboratory experiment devised to create the most ridiculous human being imaginable.

    Intelligence officials have found documentation from a Chinese laboratory explaining how researchers took an ordinary human embryo and then removed all traces of empathy, intelligence, self-awareness and charm.

    “It certainly explains a lot,” one intelligence insider said. “You look at this man who seems to lack any sense of humility or emotional intelligence, and you think there’s no way this thing can be natural. So the idea that he was artificially created does seem plausible”.

  5. Jack Cade

    Chimpanzees are distressed that they share 99% of their genes with Trumpus horribilus.

  6. Jewels

    He has NPD. It’s not fixable, so yes, because of it he is unfit for office because of his self-aggrandisement. Everyone needs to GOOGLE on YouTube “The Essential Emptiness of Trump” – it gives great insight into his mental processes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B4nS1-ScYw

  7. wam

    “You have to admire trump he is a man who questions the advice of experts and makes his own decisions.
    That is from people who question nothing but merely accept and repeat from conservative resources or reject from science or labor.

  8. Michael Taylor

    Trump’s dummy spit during today’s presser was a joy to watch. What wasn’t a joy, is that it appears he’s blaming China for all the world’s COVID-19 deaths.

  9. Jack Cade

    Phil Pryor

    Trump is an All-American boy. All his characteristics are his nation’s characteristics. The USA is a malignant force; brutal, bullying, sadistic, spiteful, vindictive and untrustworthy. No treaty matters to the USA, from the nearly 800 they made with Native-Americans – all of them broken by the Americans, none by the ‘hostile savages’, through the agreements to exchange nuclear secrets with Britain and France, and on to the agreements with Iran. Any country that enters a treaty with the USA is begging for its resources to be stolen or raped and an irremovable US base in or about its vicinity as a ‘defence facility’.
    ‘Defence‘ is US-speak for ‘attack’.
    Even this week, in the midst of its farcical response to Covid-19, the US tried to overthrow the government of Venezuela!
    The United States is a virus. And Donald J. Fart is a carrier.

  10. Dwayne Dibley

    Talking about appalling creatures, I note that Alan Jones is retiring…
    No doubt to write his memoirs – ‘101 Great Lavatories To Visit Before You Die’.

  11. silkworm

    Trump may be carrying the virus, but he will not wear a mask, even at his daily press conferences. All the reporters are wearing masks now, but this will not really prevent them getting the virus from Trump, if he has it, only help prevent the spread if they are contagious. For their own safety, the reporters may boycott Trump’s press conferences altogether if he does not start wearing a mask. In either case this is going to generate political damage to him.

  12. Jack Cade

    The virus might not attack Trump, like sharks don’t attack lawyers…it’s not a cannibal.

  13. Terence Mills

    Alan Jones is only retiring from AM radio : he has been building a new career on Sky-after-Dark where he joins the Murdoch acolytes.

    Whilst the Murdoch TV offering can only summon a viewing audience around 70,000 on a good night – Bolt, Murray etc – they seem to think that Alan will create a new audience for them. Only problem is, it’s pay TV and not many of Alan’s pensioners can afford the subscription.

  14. Michael Taylor

    Terry, Q&A will roll him out whenever they need an ‘expert’ on sexism or racism.

  15. Michael Taylor

    Is there is a more pathetic world leader than Trump? He tweets about OBAMAGATE being bigger than Watergate and this morning when asked what Obama is actually guilty of he couldn’t answer it, and shortly after had his trademark meltdown and walks off.

    Then he goes on Twitter and retweets Fox News conspiracies about Obama. 🙄

  16. Ad Astra

    Folks

    I thank all of you for your contribution to this piece. Your comments are fascinating to read.

    There seems to be a strong consensus that Trump is dangerously mad, and becoming more so by the day. His every exposure, in all forms of media, verifies his insanity.

    What is amazing to rational people is that such a human being actually exists, that he could become the POTUS, and that his supporters are likely to elect him again, that is provided he is mentally capable of contesting the November Presidential election.

    He refuses to wear a face mask despite COVID-19 being present in the White House, as he feels that would make him ‘look weak’, as if being a ‘stable genius’ ought to be enough to keep the dreaded virus at bay!

    If a novelist were to write Donald Trump’s story, those who had never heard of him would dismiss it as unbelievable, a fantasy of the author’s disturbed mind!

    This is serious. Every commentary about Trump bespeaks his insanity. Has there ever been a POTUS more ridiculed? Now he’s targeting Obama as the cause of America’s woes.

    This week’s Four Corners highlighted Trump’s dangerous behaviour, as do numerous commentaries emanating from the US, all of which Trump dismisses as ‘Fake News’.

    We ought to be scared, very scared!

  17. pierre wilkinson

    “in the US, with over 1.2 million confirmed cases and already almost 70,000 deaths, the highest rate in the world”
    see, how good is he?
    the USA has the highest rate of infection in the world already!
    no one can beat the USA with the Donald at the helm

  18. Anne Byam

    Somone, somewhere – – many high profile bods in the self-proclaimed ” greatest nation etc.” should look to the 25th amendment in the Constitution, and read every word carefully, and then read it all again and again. If a President is ‘unfit’ for office ( and this one clearly is ) he CAN be replaced.

    Why are they so terrified of using this tool ?

    From a simplified version of the amendment the following :

    ” It allows the vice president, together with a “majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide,” to declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” in a written declaration. “

    Trump is showing endlessly that he is very much ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” …

    Of course, the 25th amendment is far more amplified than that – and should be acted upon asap.

    Let’s hope some sense prevails, perhaps for the first time in that countrys history ??

  19. Michael Taylor

    The man is an international laughing stock. There are not enough adjectives to describe his immaturity, his stupidity, his narcissism. He is mad. He is dangerous. Unfortunately, he’s the president.

  20. Jack Cade

    Impeachment requires ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’

    Ordinary crimes and misdemeanours are apparently okay.

    The ‘founding fathers’ probably worded it that way to save their own skins. Americans seem to think the FF’s were a golden generation. The Native Americans and African Americans might beg to differ.

  21. andy56

    Trump is nobodies fool. he knows how to get what he wants, he’s been doing it all his life, lol. No need to write a book, we all know it could go pear shaped very quickly if he doesnt get his way. just go back to your history books and see how other geniuses left their mark, start with caligula and work your way to little Kim. if the virus goes bersek in the next month, they could all go the way of the dodo and zombie movies will take on a whole new gravitas.

  22. Jack Cade

    Michael Taylor

    In its 150th year, Port Adelaide will not be allowed to play in the SANFL this season.
    They’ve been itching to ditch us for decades.

  23. Michael Taylor

    Fortunately, Jack, the team in the SANFL has only been in existence since 1997. One of the conditions of Port being admitted into the AFL was that they still field a team in the SANFL, hence the Port Magpies were born.

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