Serious questions about President Trump’s health—or lack thereof—arose last weekend when footage emerged of him struggling to walk down a ramp after a West Point event. The cameras caught him walking haltingly down the gentle incline, his body posture weird and hesitant as if terrified he might pitch forward or lose his balance at any moment.
At the same event, he also struggled to raise a glass to his mouth to drink and ended up doing a bizarre motion in which he used one hand to push the other higher. Bluntly point, he looked like an old man no longer in control of his facilities.
Donald Trump walking down a ramp at West Point pic.twitter.com/eLnU6VXra8
— Review & Resist (@ReviewResist) June 13, 2020
The negative commentary around the video was so widespread that Trump ended up tweeting out a ridiculous explanation, claiming that the ramp was “very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery.” As The New York Times pointed out, his description did not match reality as it was not a rainy day and there were no indications that the ramp was slippery.
The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is “fall” for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2020
As one might expect, Trump’s absurd lies about the ramp only drew more attention to the ramp and the story spread even further. The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump PAC run by Republicans and former Republicans, used the West Point incident to cut a truly devastating attack ad pointing out the president’s apparent health problems.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 16, 2020
Unsurprisingly, the entire saga has burrowed deep into the fetid brain of our infamously egotistical president. He sent his surrogates out on ill-fated sorties to quash the story and the attention devoted by his team to the issue only fanned the flames.
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” as the Bard wrote.
In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump himself brought the ramp up again, proving he hasn’t yet been able to shake the embarrassment. WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus points out that he wasted roughly 300 words talking about the ramp.
His excuses ran the gamut. He claimed the ramp was “long and steep and slippery.” It was long, but it certainly wasn’t steep or slippery. He blamed his “leather bottom shoes” and offered to show them to the interviewer as proof. Trump even went so far as to compare the ramp to an “ice skating rink” before insisting that he definitely doesn’t have Parkinson’s disease despite any speculation to that effect.
The excerpt has to be read to be believed. One cannot go through these comments without coming away with the distinct impression that Trump is desperately trying to cover up his deteriorating shape.
In his @WSJ interview, Trump spends nearly 300 words—unprompted—defending his walk down the ramp at West Point.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) June 18, 2020
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