President Trump spoke to the press in the Oval Office today and ended up reigniting fears that his mental facilities are rapidly deteriorating. During a conspiracy theory-tinged rant about the investigation into his 2016 campaign, he repeatedly tried to say that the “origins” of the investigation need to be examined.
But he didn’t say “origins.”
Instead, Trump nonsensically referred to the “oranges” of the investigation three times. After the first garbled pronunciation, he circled back and took another shot at saying the word correctly. Again, what came out was “oranges.” Trump rambled on a bit more, then tried again to say “origins” and again said “oranges.”
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When one watches the video, it looks as if he’s aware that he’s mispronouncing the word and is trying his hardest to correct himself, but his brain just can’t form the word. There are disturbing shades of senility on display, a chilling thought given the reality that this man is in control of our nuclear arsenal.
It’s, of course, possible that this was simply a particularly strange gaffe, but given his age and the fact that his behavior has become more erratic and unhinged over the past two years, one really can’t rule out the possibility that the President of the United States is literally losing his mind.
OMG, Trump just referred to "the oranges" of the Mueller investigation THREE TIMES pic.twitter.com/JCwAYVqZH5
— Tommy MMXIXtopher (@tommyxtopher) April 2, 2019
Twitter was quick to seize on the weird clip, with users piling on to mock our cruel president in exactly the manner he deserves. While a lot of the responses were quite funny, they do little to assuage the unease one feels when considering the aforementioned implications. This man is clearly unfit for office and must be voted out as soon as possible.
I think he realizes that he's not saying "origins" correctly because he keeps supplementing it with "the beginnings" to make his point clear and also keeps returning to say the word again, as if he wants to give it another shot at getting it right?
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 2, 2019
Trump's self-tanner is called Origin.
— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz) April 2, 2019
donald trump just said they need to look into the “oranges” (origin) of the mueller investigation. okay, do it. i find it hard to believe mueller is worried about oranges. dumbass.
— deådlettêrs (@universaIfriend) April 2, 2019
Did Trump actually say " nobody looked at the oranges of the Mueller report" ? Sure sounded like oranges. But then we know about his speech impairments
— music is light, air and breath (@BAMusic) April 2, 2019
"SWEAR TO ME YOU'LL GET THE ORANGES! OBAMA'S ORANGES! THE ORANGES–"
Trump trailed off and looked away. Mulvaney followed his gaze.
Ah, the magic box. Trump's special friends were calling to him again. He'd be out like a light before seven.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 2, 2019
Deleted an earlier tweet about Trump repeatedly saying "oranges" instead "origins" because, as several noted, it seems a sign of early dementia.
That's not something to mock *anyone* for having, and in the case of the President of the United States, it's definitely no joke.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 2, 2019