We have becrumb a nation.” “All comp-ply-ments”. “I know Poten.” “He can’t cam-pay.”  “We will expel the wald-mongers.”

There are more examples where Trump couldn’t complete a sentence and strung the fragments together incoherently. It’s worth noting that his demeanor changes dramatically at these moments. At one point, Trump was making nonsense sounds, struggling to form even a single word. At one of his events, he said “We’ll re-ve-du. Ohhhh..” At that moment, Trump took a long-defeated sigh, and looked up at the ceiling blankly, looking confused and de-energized. Finally, Trump is sometimes reduced to simply vocalizing nonsense sounds that are not words at all like an infant. For example, at a recent rally Trump said “Gang, boom. This is me. I hear bing”. Trump is, at times, literally babbling nonsensically. (Salon interview of Dr. John Gartner) 

Watch this mash up of Trump’s strange verbal bloopers:



When Trump was first elected president in 2016, a group of psychiatrists and psychologists, who understood the danger posed by Donald Trump’s mental illnesses, contributed to a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Some of these psychiatrists and therapists saw evidence of dementia even then and predicted that Trump’s ability to think clearly and cogently would deteriorate over time. It has. We are seeing undeniable evidence of that deterioration in Trump’s recent rallies: he suddenly babbles incoherently as he looks off into space, confuses Nikki Haley with Nancy Pelosi and thinks that he won the election against Barack Obama. Not just once, mind you, but over and over. He says things that make no sense, and repeats lies that have been disproven many times which he claims are true with a conviction that would probably help him pass a lie detector test because he fervently believes his own lies.

The press has failed to sound the alarm. Instead, reporters act as if Trump is just being Trump. The Republican Party has become a cult in service to Trump. And Trump supporters continue to adore him no matter how deranged he is.

We need to have a conversation about Trump’s brain. He very likely has some form of dementia as his father had as he got older. Trump’s father, Fred, suffered from senile dementia in 1991 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1993. Fred Trump eventually died of that disease.[28]

What is going on with Donald Trump’s brain is not getting enough attention. People call what he is saying a “word salad” which sounds funny and harmless. But the deterioration of Trump’s brain is not something we should make light of. It has serious implications for our country. Unlike heart disease or cancer, what is going on with Trump’s brain as he becomes more incoherent, is probably not treatable with a medical or surgical intervention.


A group of concerned psychiatrists and therapists are bringing the problem of Trump’s brain to the attention of the press. Dr. John Gartner, one of the contributors to The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, is at the forefront of that effort. He recently sat down for a series of interviews with Salon and other news outlets. Here is what Dr. John Gartner is saying:

 “Not enough people are sounding the alarm, that based on his behavior… Donald Trump is dangerously demented. In fact, we are seeing the opposite among too many in the news media, the political leaders and among the public. There is also this focus on Biden’s gaffes or other things that are well within the normal limits of aging. By comparison, Trump appears to be showing gross signs of dementia. This is a tale of two brains. Biden’s brain is aging. Trump’s brain is dementing.” (John Gartner, Salon)

Dr. Gartner has started a petition at change.org for psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals to sign if, based on their knowledge and training. they can attest that Trump is showing evidence of dementia. The petition has already been signed by over a hundred mental health professionals.


Trump has always had a problem with the truth. He lies easily and never admits that he lied. As Trump returns to the campaign trail he continues to lie to his followers. Here are the main lies he has been repeating above and beyond the Big Lie that he won the election that he lost.


Robert Hur, the special counsel assigned to investigate the classified documents that Biden discovered in his home, determined that Biden should not face criminal charges, unlike Trump who does face criminal charges for retaining classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago club in the ballroom, the bathroom and in other parts of his resort as well as refusing to return the documents and engaging in obstruction (trying to prevent their return and hiding them from the FBI.)

There are important differences between Biden and Trump, and Pence as well (who also had classified documents in his home).

Trump faces a criminal trial for hoarding classified documents after he left office because he refused to return them. Had he returned all of them it is unlikely that he would have been charged by the Department of Justice. When Biden discovered that he had retained classified documents at his home and office, he returned them. So did Mike Pence. A special counsel, Robert K. Hur, a Republican, was appointed by Merrick Garland to investigate whether Biden should be charged with anything related to those documents.

Hur concluded that it would be tough to win a case — because Biden had reasonable defenses, and Biden (unlike Trump) had cooperated fully with the investigation and did not hide or hoard documents the way Trump did or obstruct the investigation as Trump did. To help explain part of his thinking about why Biden should not be indicted, Hur wrote that jurors probably would view Biden as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Hur claimed, for example, that Biden did not recall the day his son had died.

Whoa, really? Wait a minute.  Either Biden should or should not be indicted based on the evidence. Hur decided the evidence was insufficient to indict. But then he added that dig about Biden’s memory despite its irrelevance as to Biden’s intentionality or criminality. Hur defended his decision to say that Biden had a poor memory as part of his assessment about whether he could win such a case if he indicted it.

Hur’s comment about “poor memory” set off a firestorm of protest from the Democrats while Trump and his allies seized on that language to attack Biden for being senile.

When the full transcript of Hur’s interview with Biden became public, however, it became clear that Hur had a very important contradictory finding about Biden’s mind that he had not bothered to include in his report and that Biden DID IN FACT recall the exact day of his son’s death.

Hur’s report suggested that President Biden had no sense of when his son Beau Biden died. It’s the kind of anniversary no parent would want to even exist, but the transcript reveals that the president recited the exact date his family experienced that loss. (Rep Eric Swalwell)

In the transcript, when referencing President Biden’s remarks about the location of various items in his home, Hur states: “We have some photographs maybe to show you, but you have — appear to have a photographic understanding and, and recall of the house.”

How is it that a man with a photographic memory on the one hand can also be said to have a “poor memory”? That is inconsistent. And based on the number of hours that Biden was interviewed (over two days and a total of 5 hours of questions and answers during the time when he was also dealing with Hamas’ invasion of Israel), it is understandable that Biden did not have flawless recall. No one, not even a much younger person, would have had that either under these circumstances.

Robert Hur is a Republican and in this divisive time in our country Trump has made it a litmus test for Republicans to be loyal, to protect him and to slam the Democrats. Hur may have been under pressure to come up with something negative about Biden in order to satisfy Trump if he hoped to maintain standing in the GOP.

In addition, Biden’s State of the Union address, which lasted over an hour, revealed a president who was on his game, energetic and capable with no word salads.

Americans need to understand the difference between these two men and how their brains are aging.



Who do you want to rely on as president?