In the face of the GOP’s apparent inability/disinterest in impeachment in 2018 and the lack of any movement in the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, we are left only with Trump’s health or lack thereof and the Russian investigation to rid us of Trump’s treachery this year. I expect the Democrats will take over Congress in November so impeachment will be a good prospect for 2019. It’s still unclear whether or not the Russian investigations will bear fruit sooner.
On health, I am somewhat of an expert being nearly the same age and sex as Trump. I’m still not convinced we are the same species but we definitely have some of the same ailments. Like Trump, my doctor feels my heart is strong…
There were several points in Trump’s prognosis which attracted my attention, at first on my own knowledge of the matter, and subsequently on question from the news media:
- weight – I was surprised to learn Trump had only gained 3 pounds last year. Pictures of Trump during the campaign and today really show much more than that. I expected 40-50 pounds of increased weight. He does play golf a lot but he uses a golf-cart instead of burning calories and then tucks away multiple burgers and ice cream. I can gain 10 pounds over Christmas. A year of eating like Trump would put on way more. Related to weight is the BMI. Apparently, Trump has grown an inch in the last year to lower his BMI from the obese range by a hair. That is very convenient. Last year, Trump was the same height as Obama. I’m allowing an inch for the hair. Obama is 6 foot 1 inch. Like everything else, Trump lies about his height.
- heart – Trump’s doctor went on about how Trump’s heart pumps blood and pronounced him in excellent health for his age. When Sanjay Gupta pointed out evidence of heart-disease, the doctor admitted there were signs and could not explain how that was excellent except to state other men likely show similar signs… and that old men can change their habits to prolong life. Like Trump loves to change. Yeah, right…
- dementia – Clearly, Trump can function at a reasonable level cognitively to be POTUS but there have been many instances of obvious impairment/weakness/dithering to suggest closer inspection. Trump’s doctor stated he saw no such signs and would not have done a screening except Trump asked for it. The doctor even stated he had seen no sign of repetition in speech. I wonder what channel the doctor watches. Perhaps none. I think repetition is a routine part of Trump’s public unscripted utterances. Oh, yes, it’s a symptom of dementia. Trump has a few others like an inability to follow a reasoned argument and jumping from one contradiction to another in a short period of time, suspicions, confusion, etc. We’ve seen them all but the doctor has not. Clearly, there are two Trumps. That’s schizophrenia.
So, I wouldn’t bet Trump cashes in his chips this year but it’s possible. I’m going out for a 3 mile hike now so I don’t wind up like Trump.