Believe it or not, even Donald Trump’s own aides are increasingly concerned about his mental deterioration.
None of them are brave enough, of course, to speak on the record for attribution, as have the president’s many Democratic opponents who have been expressing utmost concern about the danger of having a mentally unstable president at the helm of our nation for quite some time now.
According to Business Insider, however, Trump’s “aides and confidants are growing more and more worried about his mental state after days of erratic behavior, wild outbursts, and bizarre fixations.”
“No one knows what to expect from him anymore,” the publication quotes one former White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, as saying.
“His mood changes from one minute to the next based on some headline or tweet, and the next thing you know his entire schedule gets tossed out the window because he’s losing his shit,” the offical added.
Nothing more is indicative of the president’s unhinged demeanor than his inexplicable insistence that his tweet last week — claiming that Alabama was going to be threatened by the then-incoming Hurricane Dorian — was not outdated and incorrect by the time he warned the Alabama populace to prepare for its pending devastation.
While most sane and mentally balanced people would simply admit a mistake and move on, Trump turned the incident into an ongoing crusade to prove himself right against all facts and science.
“People are used to the president saying things that aren’t true, but this Alabama stuff is another story,” the former official said. “This was the president sending out patently false information about a national-emergency situation as it was unfolding.”
By last night, the president had posted 15 tweets and five maps about Hurricane Dorian and Alabama attempting to prove that his original tweet was not a mistake, even though he’d been publicly corrected by the National Weather Service. He went so far as to display a map of the storm’s path on Wednesday that was altered with a sharpie marker to bolster his claims, an action that may, in fact, be illegal under federal law.
The anonymous aides who spoke to Business Insider attribute Trump’s fixation on his infallibility to frustration and stress caused by the avalanche of negative poll results that have him losing to the top Democratic contenders in the 2020 presidential race and by the looming recession predicted by economists because of Trump’s trade policies and destructive tariffs.
One Republican strategist who frequents the White House told Business Insider that “He’s deteriorating in plain sight,” and when asked about Trump’s obsession with the Alabama tweet said:
“You should ask a psychiatrist about that; I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment.”
Of course, with a barrage of hundreds of tweets in the last week, the president provided plenty of other examples of his deteriorating mental state. His feud with Debra Messing, the actress who stars in NBC‘s Will and Grace, is another example.
Trump went after Messing with a series of antagonistic tweets after she called for the publicizing of the list of donors attending a Hollywood fundraiser on his behalf. In response, the actress tweeted a link to a New Yorker article that analyzed the list of Trump’s erratic actions during the past few weeks, punctuating her tweet with a brutal putdown saying that she hopes “his family gets him the help he needs. Sad.”
Perhaps the most brutal assessment of the president’s mental state came from “one person who was close to Trump’s legal team during the Russia investigation,” according to Business Insider, who said that the president’s public utterances paled in comparison to “what he’s like behind closed doors.”
“He’s like a bull seeing red,” this person said. “There’s just no getting through to him, and you can kiss your plans for the day goodbye because you’re basically stuck looking after a 4-year-old now.”
Despite the inherent menace involved in allowing a president so far off the rails to have access to the nuclear codes, the GOP leadership and Trump’s cabinet members have yet to summon the courage to invoke the 25th Amendment that governs situations such as this when the president is too impaired to properly perform the duties of his office.
How much longer can they hold out pretending that there is nothing wrong, as the evidence mounts every single day? Time to work the phones, people, and call your elected representatives before it’s too late.
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Original reporting by Sonam Sheth at Business Insider.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.