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January 1, 2018

Jan.01,2018

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Last Year Just about every article published online about Donald Trump and his mental health is archived on the preceding pages.  I’ve included relevant excerpts from most of the articles, added some comments, and also published links to the 50-some articles about Trump’s mental health I wrote and posted to Daily Kos. (For the masochists, here are the 412 articles I wrote on Daily Kos, and the one that got the most comments - 783)

Jan. 3, 2017

What a Day For News




Updated 2:00 PM PST
Jennifer Rubin, a Republican, writes for the Washington Post:

 Quote: "Mostly, however, the book is utterly humiliating for the enablers, the deniers, the Trump-whisperers, the right-wing media and ultimately the voters who put this character in the Oval Office. Willful denial explains part of it. But what’s the excuse, now that they know who he is, for allowing him to stay? The book should also inform how the press interviews him. We know he’s unhinged, so acting as his stenographer is not elucidating. Seeing what he knows, how much of a grasp of details he commands, how he reacts when challenged and the degree to which his short-term memory may be off is, it seems, where we should direct our attention."

Also from the BBC:

10 explosive revelations from new Trump book



Hal’s Department of I’m Rubber You’re Glue: Trump Says Bannon Has ‘Lost His Mind’ After Bannon Insults Donald Trump Jr. New York Times

The words of Trump: “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.”
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 generally snarky comments are my own. 

This is what the New York Times had to say, but everyone reporting the news honestly is addressing the issue:

Trump Says His ‘Nuclear Button’ Is ‘Much Bigger’ Than North Korea’s

Excerpt:
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The president’s tone also generated a mix of scorn and alarm among lawmakers, diplomats and national security experts who called it juvenile and frightening for a president handling a foreign policy challenge with world-wrecking consequences. The language was reminiscent of Mr. Trump’s boast during the 2016 presidential campaign that his hands, and by extension his genitals, were in fact big enough.\

Washington Post PowerPost

By James Hamblin, MD, a senior editor at The Atlantic
He hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk
 and is the author of a book by the same title.
(President’s) decision to
brag in a tweet about the size of his
“nuclear button” compared with North
 Korea’s was widely condemned as bellicose
 and reckless. The comments are also
part of a larger pattern of odd and
 often alarming behavior for a person
 in the nation’s highest office.

Trump’s grandiosity and impulsivity
 has made him a constant subject of
 speculation among those concerned
 with his mental health. But after more
 than a year of talking to doctors and
 researchers about whether and how the
 cognitive sciences could offer a lens
 to explain Trump’s behavior, I’ve come
 to believe there should be a role for
professional evaluation beyond
 speculating from afar.

…Excerpts:

THE BIG IDEA: Following President Trump’s tweets can feel like watching a short man drive a Hummer. His fragile ego is always looking to overcompensate. The latest manifestation of that is downright Napoleonic…….. This isn’t the first time Trump has made a thinly veiled allusion to his manhood. During the Republicans primaries, he gave Marco Rubio the nickname “Little Marco” and the Florida senator eagerly joined him in the gutter. “He's like 6'2", which is why I don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2’,” Rubio said during a rally. “Have you seen his hands? And you know what they say about men with small hands!”….
Trump brought up the insult during a debate the next night, holding up his hands for the audience to inspect: “Are they small hands? He referred to my hands: ‘If they are small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee you!”

Former Bush ethics lawyer: 'Psychologically unfit' Trump should not have nukes, should be impeached - Washington Examiner... Also reported in Newsweek, and in the U.K., The Independent, and "Tweeting About Size of His 'Nuclear Button,' Trump Disrupts Peace Effort With 'Childish’ Threat” 

from Common Dreams, and elsewhere in the media except sources in the tank for Trump which probably consider this the height of wise and brilliant diplomacy….


Richard Painter, one of our favorite MSNBC commentators... tore into President Trump on social media Tuesday for Trump's antagonistic tweet comparing his so-called "nuclear button" to that of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

"Two psychologically unfit men crowing about their nukes. This is not a good way to start the New Year. Congress needs to deal with one of them and the UN Security Council needs to deal with the other," Painter wrote on Twitter, referring to Trump and the hermit kingdom's dictator.

From the U.K: Donald 

'Put this lunacy in check': Trump's fiery tweet sparks swift backlash Business Insider

Trump has really cocked things up in the past 24 hours (cocked things, up, indeed… HB)


After a short holiday break, the US President is back with a ton of divisive tweets that have infuriated the head of the Council on Foreign Relations















..Excerpt: 

US President #Donald Trump had a short break over the holidays, but he’s back in full force now with a series of typically controversial and divisive tweets that you wouldn’t expect a world leader (especially one in the position that often gets dubbed “the leader of the free world”) to post if they were in their right mind. As a matter of fact, some mental health professionals have become concerned recently that the President is showing early signs of dementia in his rhetoric.



Lawrence O’Donnell Calls For The 25th Amendment After Trump Tweet Threatens Nuclear War With N. Korea, Politicususa\ Video

Excerpt:


The MSNBC host went deeper into the danger of Trump, “No one in presidential history has ever played with fire more publicly and recklessly than Donald Trump. Tonight the president is threatening nuclear war with a country the size of Pennsylvania. This is a level of madness never seen before anywhere in the world. There has been open speculation about President Trump possibly starting a nuclear war simply to distract attention from or to use as a cover for dismantling the special prosecutor’s investigation of the president. And no one can say that that is wild and irresponsible speculation.”
Trump learned that threatening North Korea distracts from the Russia scandal, so whenever the Russia scandal news gets too hot, the president can be counted on to threaten to blow up the world. What happens to Trump when the threats stop being taken seriously? Will he escalate and launch a nuclear strike against North Korea to try to save his presidency?
The fact that these questions can be asked seriously is proof that Donald Trump is not mentally fit to carry out the duties of the presidency. 
O’Donnell’s call for the 25th Amendment to be invoked was grandstanding. It was a plea for the people to rise up and save their country from the madness of Donald Trump.

It’s not funny, but Trump again begs for a Freudian interpretation:

Tweeters Ridicule Donald Trump For Bragging About Size Of His ‘Nuclear Button’

“Please don’t make me picture your ‘Button.’”

Trump won the war on Christmas! Now he laughs at global warming - Salon

Over the holiday weekend, Trump made clear he believes two of the dumbest lies of all time. Is he fit for office?

Excerpts:

While I’m completely unqualified to evaluate Trump’s mental health, especially from a distance, we’re clearly entering a phase of his presidency in which someone -- anyone with a reasonably strong reputation and expertise in the field -- should take a close-up, first-hand look at the president because his burger appears to be slipping off his bun. As citizens we have a right to question his fitness for office, and the 25th Amendment provides a convenient means for temporarily -- and perhaps permanently -- removing a chief executive from his post due to one or more incapacities.

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The president believes in outright myths and he’s willing to attach his name, as well as the office of the presidency, to two of the biggest doozies in modern history. But we’ll leave an official diagnosis to the doctors at Walter Reed where, apparently, Trump’s health will be evaluated on or around Jan. 12. Honestly, I’m more willing to believe in a “war of Christmas” than I am to believe that Trump will actually attend his government physical or, if he does, that the results will be authentic. Nevertheless, a licensed physician rather than Trump’s hand-picked Doc Brown in New York ought to provide us with our first real glimpse into the president's actual wellness. We might even get a sense of whether he’s gone bye-bye mentally. Who knows what this will portend for the New Year, but there it is.

Yes, our president is so far gone that he appears to seriously believe in Fox News tall tales and propagandized trickery. Until we hear from medical experts who can diagnose Trump up close to determine his current fitness for office, we can only hope there are reasonable people with the capacity to prevent him from acting on his demented whimsy and bellicosity directed against his perceived enemies -- invisible or otherwise.

You won’t hear anyone saying the banned Bannon words on TV, but I’ve filled in the blanks. (Emphasis added)

  • Attacking Don Junior: Bannon described the meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian lawyer — arranged by the president's eldest son — as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." Bannon also predicted this of the Russia investigation: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV".'
  • Hinting there's a "there" there: Per the Guardian: “ 'You realise where this is going,' [Bannon] is quoted as saying. 'This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It's as plain as a hair on your face.' " 
  • Taking his war against Jared Kushner to new depths: Per The Guardian: "Last month it was reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, the German financial institution that has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner property empire. Bannon continues: 'It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They're going to go right through that. They're going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.’ "
  • From The Guardian
More on Trump’s Brain (also see today's article from The Atlantic)

Back on Dec. 7th Ford Vox published in STAT news I’m a brain specialist. I think Trump should be tested for a degenerative brain disease about the signs Trump could be suffering from early dementia. Since then it has continued to generate dozens of comments, many from neurologists. Here’s the most recent:

Author: Brainstorm
Comment:
1. Neuropsych diseases generally do not present with any physical symptoms. So, these days and with a few exceptions, it is not necessary to see the patient personally to make at least a preliminary diagnosis, particularly in the face of plenty of symptomology. Flies like a duck, quacks like a duck, its a duck. And then send the patient for (say) brain imaging, as needed. 

2. As for the "president's doctor"--There are strong laws about patient confidentiality in general, much less when the president is involved. These days, few question that Reagan was in the early states of Alzheimers the last couple of years. Even his family says this. Yet there was no formal acknowledgement until years later and those years are generally considered successful. But Reagan had enough residual frontal lobe function and concern for his historical legacy that he allowed his advisers to mostly run matters. 

Unfortunately, Trump appears to have a classic frontal-lobe lesion that impedes his judgment on such things. How do I know he has a frontal lobe lesion-- among other things, he blows right thru "interpretation of metaphors", a proxy for frontal lobe function in general. This is not based upon a difference of political opinion. Why they pay us the big bucks. 

Nonetheless, as with Reagan the adults in the room around him seem to be keeping things in check, for the moment. Mainly by limiting access and taking advantage of the peculiarities of his disease to "work" him. All they and I want is for him to shut up and just act presidential. This is proving difficult. 

Again, over on doctor site www.sermo.com (hardly a hotbed of liberalism) it has become difficult to find anyone who will defend the presidents mental status. Typically, such conversations begin "Look, we are all doctors here" and involve "What would you do if a random patient presented to you this way?" 

Again, this is not talking "psychobabble", which could just be an actor playing a part. Rather, real neurological signs and symptoms of an organic brain syndrome. 



Jan. 2, 2017
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Just some post-New Year’s levity: This has nothing to do with Trump’s mental health. Or, on the other hand, perhaps it does…

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THE SARAH SANDERS AWARD goes to none other than the award’s namesake, Sarah Sanders for her press conference today.

If you missed Sarah Sanders making the golfing makes Trump even greater claim, hopefully, you’ll be able to catch this in a rerun. She  more or less deftly squirmed her way with more a less straight face through her obviously prepared defense of the issue of Trump’s golf that has been in the news a lot recently.

Internet Mocks Trump for 'Deranged' 'Incoherent' 'Authoritarian' Tweet Attacking Top 'Aid' to Clinton


'Incoherent Rambling Mashed Together With an Authoritarian Impulse to Try to Call for Jailing Political Opponents'

Lawfare: Other than that Mrs. Lincoln

By Paul Rosenzweig

And yet, because of this president’s childish insecurity about the legitimacy of his election, the government has done nothing, and the prospect of action in the next year is nil. The failure is directly attributable to the aberrational nature of the president….. 
And that’s why this play stinks. 
Excerpt:


The apocryphal joke is rather crude: “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”

And yet I was reminded of it when reflecting on the first year of the Trump presidency because to separately evaluate conventional benchmarks apart from the extreme transgressions of decency is as impossible a task as asking Mrs. Lincoln to assess the play independent of the assassination. The transgressive nature of the Trump era—replete with narcissism, racism, anti-Semitism and what-about-ism—is amplified by Trump’s wholesale assault on fundamental American institutions. His disdain for the rule of law, equality of opportunity, a free press, an independent judiciary, and the professional intelligence and law enforcement communities are, in metaphorical ways, much like Lincoln’s death. How can one possibly assess the play when the denouement is so fundamentally disruptive of reality?

Ignoring Trumpian dysfunction is difficult. So much of the policy that he has adopted might, coming from someone else and seen in that different light, be viewed as a useful course corrective to the drift of the Obama era. For example, though it is outside my expertise, I have long had a sense that American interests are not well-served by the current operation of the United Nations. In another’s hands I would perhaps welcome the new approach advanced by Ambassador Nikki Haley. 
Though it is difficult, if not impossible, to disassociate the act from the actor if we were to magically close our eyes to the nature of Trumpian dysfunction, how would did he fare?
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More than ever, we need this 70 yr. old message.

Editorial:Not exactly a sanguine start to 2018 when we read about the president who, in an unguarded 30 minute interview with a New York Times reporter, showed troubling indications of not being connected to the world of reality, when conflicts in Iran are at the boiling point, and when Mike Mullen, a former Joint Chiefs chair, says we are closer to war with N. Korea than ever before , when Trump is conducting foreign policy via Twitter with allies like Pakistan, and when you can even have a headline like this: Trump Is So Mentally Gone That His Lawyers Are Intentionally Lying To Him About The Russia Investigation 

 Why Trump’s War on the Deep State Is Failing—So Far 


Excerpt

(Emphasis added) This brings me to a final factor that has protected the country and its intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus from Trump’s tyrannical aspirations: Trump’s personality.
The first few weeks of the Trump administration raised the question of the degree to which Trump’s . In the first year of the Trump presidency, the answer to that question was that incompetence did a lot of tempering. Trump blundered from crisis to crisis. The lawyering around him was comically dreadful—as was the broader executive functioning. Taking on established democratic institutions and wrecking them actually takes a certain amount of focus and energy—and Trump just isn’t very good at it. His heart may be in it, but Vladimir Putin he isn’t. And the United States isn’t a fragile new democracy with weak institutions either.  
Trump has another personality liability for the project at hand, one that fewer people notice: He is ultimately a wuss. He talks about his boldness all the time, and a lot of people—including his enemies—lap up the self-description. He likes to talk in sweeping, grandiose terms about the things he is going to do and the things he has done. In practice, however, he’s actually very cautious most of the time.
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