I try to be careful engaging the internet rumors that often fly about Trump’s behavior or posture and what the symptoms may mean from a medical perspective. Some of the commentary out there can only be described as clueless, irresponsible, and perhaps just mean-spirited. On the other hand, this is one of the oldest men to ever hold the office and one of the most secretive. He lives an unhealthy lifestyle, has always had drug accusations swirling around him, and has a family history that is peppered with issues.
He has earned some probing questions.
The net is lit about Trump’s strange gait, most recently seen last night when Trump attended an otherwise perfect football game.
Just me or is Trump swinging his right leg around his body in an awkward-looking way?
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 14, 2020
All I see is an old, increasingly obese man unable to really move well, nothing medically meaningful.
But, then again, I don’t have the background to evaluate it, perhaps some of these people do and are accurate.
It’s front temporal dementia. Affects gait n posture. It’s why he stands curved at podiums and hangs on to the sides for dear life
— Joan Wilson 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@joanwilsonorg) January 14, 2020
There might be some truth to the “stands curved” thing, he does have an extremely odd stance.
Trump's relationship with gravity is like all his other relationships. Dysfunctional and disconnected. pic.twitter.com/1O4HN2SXNb
— 🇺🇸 David Ward ☕ (@DavidGalenWard) January 14, 2020
Or he might be compensating for putting on a massive amount of weight over the last few years.
But many people do believe that dementia is playing a role, and it would explain more than just his gait.
Trump’s balance & gait have steadily deteriorated. Often noted here, bc it reflects what's happening to his brain- dementia. He needs real neurological care from a place like the Mayo Clinic. Another doctor messaged me w an expert observational opinion after his last copter walk: pic.twitter.com/j3fYhhKVWh
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) January 12, 2020
The rumors about a possible minor stroke taking him to Walter Reed a couple months ago always come around again during these instances. The Walter Reed visit has never been sufficiently explained. It also comes after slurring his way through an important speech last Thursday.
I thought so.
It’s called ‘circumduction’ and can be a minor side effect after a minor stroke.
— VeryBadGerman🍺 🚨Unstable if genius tweets🚨 (@Speed_Peete) January 14, 2020
Of course, the fact that some think it is dementia while others think that Trump suffered a minor stroke just reinforces the fact that we don’t know, and cannot know without a complete medical review. Not even a physician examining Trump could make a real diagnosis without seeing the medications and other substances Trump might ingest. Via Rawstory:
Many observers perceived Trump as sniffling extensively and having difficulty articulating words during that speech, and suggested that his pupils appeared to be dilated. This was taken as more evidence that this obese, 73-year-old man does lines of Adderall all day to remain conscious, or is heavily tranquilized by his handlers to manage him, or perhaps both. (Those observations would indeed tend to pull in different directions, drug-speculation-wise, although that’s hardly the biggest flaw in this whole zone of online paranoia-slash-overconfidence.)
I tend to discount the Adderall rumors quite a bit. I don’t doubt that Trump is often on Adderall. I just believe that the man might have the most severe case of ADHD ever and perhaps it is the only thing that sort of keeps him functioning much of the time. Of course, he also has the addictive appetite for “more” in everything else, so it’s entirely possible that Trump is abusing the Adderall more than using it to a clinical end.
Regardless, this is what happens when all trust is lost, and when a man continues to do and say things that make very little sense. Throw in a family history of dementia and substance abuse, and there are real reasons for questions. Since there is near no hope for real answers, speculation is all that is left.
Setting aside all speculation, we can be sure that the only way we’re getting rid of him as president is through the impeachment process or the ballot box. The 25th Amendment won’t be a viable option, ever, unless he is truly incapacitated.
We will have to get him out on our own.
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