It is becoming increasingly obvious that Donald Trump’s perceived declining mental health will lose him the Presidency and the debacle involving Britain’s Ambassador to Washington will be a significant factor in that loss.
Much of America and most of the civilised world has been shocked at his grossly insulting outbursts on Twitter regarding the leaked reports to the Foreign Office from our Ambassador about the parlous state of the White House particularly as, only 24-hours earlier, he had been playing down the repercussions.
His juvenile performance was a disaster that is not going to go away.
There are many who say that Trump should cease his inept writings on Twitter but this would be wrong. The more he exposes himself and his thought process – or lack of it – on social media, the more it becomes obvious that his mental ability is deteriorating.
Trump is well educated and his past ability for articulation is in no doubt. For 14 years, he headed up the American TV version of “The Apprentice” and became known as quick witted and forceful. Now, he is completely the opposite. An example is his lack of use of long words and good English.
He’s come to rely on a number of adjectives, often superlatives, like “the greatest” or “the worst” he’s ever seen, or “absolutely terrible” or “the best” or “tiny” or “huge” with the single word repeated twice or even three times in one stuttering sentence.
Trump watchers are saying how, over a period of years, his ability to talk sense for any length of time has decreased. It is a standing joke among White Housers that he used to tell jokes with a beginning, a middle and an end but now often can not get to the punchline, showing how increasingly difficult it is for him to remember how to string sentences together and in order.
Ben Michchaelis, a famous psychologist and expert in speech analysis, who has given evidence as an expert witness in many court cases, says Trump has exhibited a reduction in linguistic sophistication with word choices and sentence structure.
An example of this is part of an off-the-cuff conversation he had with a New York Times journalist at his resort in Florida. This, and the following second example are verbatim and the punctuation marks indicate where he paused with full stops for long pauses and commas for short ones
“THE TAX CUT WILL BE. THE TAX BILL. THE PREDICTION, WILL BE FAR BIGGER THAN ANYONE IMAGINES. EXPENSING WILL BE PERHAPS THE GREATEST OF ALL PROVISIONS. WHERE YOU CAN DO SOMETHING, YOU CAN BUY SOMETHING – PIECE OF EQUIPMENT – YOU CAN DO LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS AND YOU CAN WRITE IT OFF AND EXPENSE IT IN ONE YEAR. YOU WATCH. THAT WILL BE ONE OF THE BIG. PEOPLE DON’T EVEN TALK ABOUT IT.
In an interview with the Press Association he said:-
PEOPLE WANT THE BORDER WALL. MY BASE DEFINITELY WANTS THE BORDER WALL, MY BASE REALLY WANTS IT. YOU’VE BEEN TO MANY OF THE RALLIES. OK, THE THING THEY WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING IS THE WALL. MY BASE, WHICH IS A BIG BASE, I THINK MY BASE IS 45%. YOU KNOW ITS FUNNY. THE DEMOCRATS. THEY HAVE A BIG ADVANTAGE IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. BIG ADVANTAGE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR A REPUBLICAN TO WIN AND I WILL TELL YOU. THE PEOPLE WANT IT. THEY WANT TO SEE THE WALL.
He is also having problems with some brain-body co-ordination, such as the simple task of picking up a can or glass of liquid to drink. On more than one occasion he has had to use both hands which, according to experts, represents loss of function in the frontal lobes of the brain. He has also been observed to slur his speech, For example when announcing the new location for the American embassy in Israel.
Many of Trumps disjointed outbursts will be forgotten. For one reason, there are so many of them. His Twitter attack on our Ambassador – when he also took a swipe at our Prime Minister – is likely to be remembered for a long time , on both sides of The Pond, and will be referred to long after his downfall.