Donald Trump has never been what one might consider an intellectual giant but there are moments when his incoherence and ignorance dip into something even more disturbing, something that seems like genuine cognitive decline. As a 73-year-old man, it makes sense that his mental acuity would be eroding over time but often it feels like it’s eroded completely.
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During a meeting with industry executives at the White House today, Trump looked genuinely confused on camera, his eyes red and wet as he blinked around at his surroundings. A clip from the meeting, shared by Vox’s Aaron Rupar, shows Trump mumbling as people file into the room. While it sounds like he’s saying “Hello everybody,” his voice and tone are so oddly garbled that it almost sounds like he’s saying “I love everybody.”
It’s possible that his apparent complete lack of energy is due to the stress of his botched COVID-19 response getting to him, but it’s also hard to discount the theory that his age is what’s really catching up with him. Whatever the explanation, this is not the kind of thing that instills confidence in the White House. A pandemic rages and this confused old man is leading us.
The video clip quickly went viral as Twitter users piled in to offer theories—ranging from suggestions that the president was high on drugs to assessments that he is severely mentally unwell— as well as jokes about the bizarre behavior.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 27, 2020
Omg. He doesn’t look well. This is not good. Isn’t there a single person working for him who will get him the medical help he needs. Why aren’t his kids intervening? They rather hold onto power and let him suffer?
— Alexandra Chalupa (@AlexandraChalup) April 27, 2020
— Columbo527 (@MagnaPopaTude) April 27, 2020
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) April 27, 2020
He. Is. Drugged.
God help the United States of America.
— SarahCA (@SarahBCalif) April 27, 2020
Man is mentally ill & it shows pic.twitter.com/L6eytQE9Pg
— Rad_Meg_DC (@megdcrad) April 27, 2020
JFC HE’S HIGH AS A DAMNED KITE!
— YOUR GIRL (@NUTGATHERIN) April 27, 2020
He looks like death warmed over.
— MakeAmericaNorwegianAgain (@pieper444) April 27, 2020
That's no bleach. Donald is a drug addict who abuses Adderall and benzodiazepines. The media needs to start calling out that fact. He is unstable, dangerous, stupid, and high AF.
— Bob Resists (@ResistsBob) April 27, 2020
When you snorted so much Addy that you actually manage to look worse than a joke meme of you looking like shit. pic.twitter.com/TwCSfn3s01
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) April 27, 2020
How FUCKING HIGH IS HE?
— Super Granny #BLM #WearAMask EX-REP (@SuperPenelopes) April 27, 2020
He looks like he is waaaaay under the influence of strong narcotics.
— Tan Tan (@TanTan15444634) April 27, 2020
He. Is. Waaaaaassssssssstted.
— Maga Bot Angel (@MagaBotAngel1) April 27, 2020
He's so weird and gross
— miss speech (@miss_speech) April 27, 2020
He’s high as a kite. Look at his eyes.
— Henrynathanmia (@henrynathanmia) April 27, 2020
Dementia is a bitch.
— Frederick C. Trump (@TrumpFrederick) April 27, 2020
Trump’s rough day continued when he got up to a podium to speak a bit later. He slurred his words to the point that they were almost impossible to understand. Something isn’t quite right here.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 27, 2020
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