Alzheimer’s disease is not a funny thing. Many people, including me, have seen this disease suck the life out of family members or loved ones. We don’t need to accuse public figures of having Alzheimer’s when they don’t show the symptoms of it, just because we don’t like or respect them. But Donald Trump does exhibit many symptoms of the disease – meaning we must discuss what he just tweeted today while referencing his own mental condition.
Trump made the initial reference two days ago, though it was a small one, when he tweeted “the Fake News Mainstream Media are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence.” At first it seemed perhaps unintentional that he had just tried to make his case for mental competence by referencing the one U.S. President who had Alzheimer’s while in office. But then he sent his second tweet about Reagan and mental health yesterday, and this one is clearer.
Yesterday, Trump tweeted, “I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!” Look closely at what he’s saying here. Now he’s specifically admitting that he has the same “problem” as Reagan, before going on to say that he’ll deal with his “problem” well. Did he just slip and admit that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Is he promising to somehow overcome it?
Donald Trump’s tweets are increasingly so obscure and scrambled that there are multiple interpretations. But I’ve spent hours analyzing this tweet, and each time I lean more toward believing he’s been privately told that he has Alzheimer’s disease, and he’s publicly promising to work through it, just like Reagan did. Of course, Reagan wasn’t afflicted until late in his presidency. Trump hasn’t even made it a year. He’s repeatedly refused to release any medical records. It was just reported yesterday that his daily White House schedule is almost completely empty. We need the truth, and we need it right now.