Let’s inspect a crucial but under-discussed component of the Trump impeachment inquiries. His fitness for office. Beyond the abuse of power and straight-up extortion, there remains evidence that Trump’s mental decline is accelerating.
As the stress of impeachment compounds, psychiatrists warn Congress that Trump’s “narcissistic rage” could become increasingly destructive & dangerous. In addition to Trump’s impulsivity & irrationality is mounting evidence of his cognitive decline.
There are dozens of very public examples. Sharpiegate is just one of the more extreme of nearly 14,000 lies Trump has told since taking office. The people who surround Trump enable this behavior by hiding the truth from the emperor with no clothes.
The truth is Trump is a very sick man, mentally and perhaps physically. And to continue to prop him up in a position of power is abusive not just to Americans but to Trump himself. Through this lens, Trump’s behavior isn’t just bizarre. It’s tragic.
White House aides are scrambling to manage an increasingly unhinged President.
“His mood changes from one minute to the next based on some headline or tweet & the next thing you know his entire schedule gets tossed out the window because he’s losing his shit.”
It’s not just Trump’s cognitive decline that’s concerning. An unscheduled visit to Walter Reed left aides scrambling. The urgency and lapse of security protocol refute insistence that this was a routine medical exam for Trump.
Trump’s increasingly unhinged state reminds us all of another point in history. Nixon’s final year in office.
“Nixon was raging, hanging up on aides and increasingly huddling in his hideaway office in the Executive Office Building.”
“Nixon became incensed and ordered a tactical nuclear strike… The Joint Chiefs were alerted and asked to recommend targets, but Kissinger got on the phone to them. They agreed not to do anything until Nixon sobered up in the morning.”
Trump’s fitness for office is a crucial component of whether he should continue to serve as President. And as such, it should be part of impeachment discussions. Enabling a mentally unfit man to hold the security of a nation in his hands betrays the trust of every American.
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