I’ve seen a bunch of people noting that Trump’s Wildwood rally last night lacked the zip his proponents have come to expect. Which might be related to something else media views noted:
Trump is having multiple neurological misfires tonight. In the future, his groupies will look back at these nights as the good ones where he could still talk.. sort of. pic.twitter.com/zciHD4CeTQ
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) January 29, 2020
Trump did indeed short-circuit… and he reacted in the way someone would if they know they're prone to these tics and have already developed masks to hide them. https://t.co/pVhvewmKjw
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 29, 2020
Guys, I think we need to talk about Grandpa https://t.co/hIRG6Cl0ab
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 29, 2020
Trump can’t walk properly & drags his legs at today’s March for Life. Watch his feet drag on the floor. Signs of his balance issue & brain deterioration. It will keep worsening. Later there was the usual speech interruption where his brain seems to short-circuit. Bad day for him pic.twitter.com/NlCa46cBfO
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) January 24, 2020
If you’re old, like me, you may recall that President Reagan was obviously deteriorating though the course of his second term. He was never that bright, but he increasingly lost his ability to hit his mark and rattle off his lines with a snap in his step and a twinkle in his eye. But the people around him were both skilled and dedicated when it came to covering up for him. Once he was out of office, they didn’t hesitate to short-circuit any Iran-Contra investigation by yowling that It would be too cruel to punish a dying man who had no idea what miscreant foreigners might doing under his imprimatur… successfully eliding a lot of the guilt of men like George H.W. Bush, his successor.
If you’re really old, or cherish long-held grudges, you’ll also remember Nixon’s phlebitis ‘scare’; when it looked like Tricky Dick might not have the good sense to get out of DC while he could, the GOP trial balloon suggested that the mere possibility of going to prison might kill Our President, which would be ‘murder by media’, tsk tsk.
Obviously, at the moment, the Permanent Republican Party finds Trump more useful in the Oval Office than he would be out of it (whether in jail, or in exile). But if the millipede’s worth of falling footwear continues, do they step away from their protective circle, let the world see how bad Trump’s mental state really is, and insist (once again) that we need to move on for the sake of national healing?