Analysis: Donald Trump’s mental health becomes an issue again

“Woodward and Costa write that [Joint Chief Chairman Mark] Milley, deeply shaken by the aggression, “was certain that Trump had entered a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now almost manic, yelling at officials and building his own alternate reality on endless election conspiracies.”

“Milley feared Trump might ‘go rogue,’ the authors write.

“You never know what a president’s trigger point is,” Milley told his senior executives. “ according to the book.

Think about it for a minute. Milley, the president’s senior military adviser, a man who has undoubtedly spent a lot of time with Trump during this period, felt he was in “serious mental decline” triggered by his electoral defeat.

And here’s the thing: Milley wasn’t the only person to notice a change in Trump’s behavior following the election. Minority parliamentary leader Kevin McCarthy, a staunch ally of the president, felt the same. Again, the Woodward / Costa book sheds light here:

“The book details a private call McCarthy had with Trump the day before Biden’s inauguration. According to Woodward and Costa, McCarthy told Trump,“ I don’t know what happened to you in the past two months. … You are not the same as you were for the past four years.

McCarthy then repeatedly pleaded with Trump to call Biden.

“” You have done good things and you want this to be your legacy. Call Joe Biden, ”McCarthy said, according to the authors.

“‘Do it for me,’ the GOP chief continued. ‘You have to call him. Call Joe Biden.'”

So not only the country’s top general, but also one of the top two Republicans in Congress – and an ALLY to Trump – believed the election had made a difference in Trump. And, at least in Milley’s case, he believed Trump’s sanity had declined to the point that he had to intercede with China so that a war was not started by an unbalanced Trump.

It is, in retrospect, terrifying. Because it’s not as if Trump has portrayed consistency and normal mental behavior for most of his first term. Rather the opposite. But the fact that Milley and McCarthy believed things had gotten worse in the last few months of his presidency suggests that we may have been closer to a disaster than anyone thought. (And there were a lot of people – especially after January 6 – who thought the potential for more disastrous results was real!)

But, in retrospect, it’s more than terrifying. Because Donald Trump is not gone. Not even close.

“I said it many times during the election campaign: we may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in his victory speech Tuesday night .

This is not a partisan statement. It’s a fact.

Trump aa) never conceded the 2020 election to President Joe Biden and b) continued to push the big lie that the election was somehow stolen when there was no real evidence for it. support this belief.

As late as Monday night, Trump was using the same plan to cast doubt on the California recall.

“Does anyone really believe that the California recall election is not rigged?” Trump asked in a statement sent by his Save America PAC. “Millions upon millions of mail-in ballots will make this giant election scam another scam, no different, but less blatant, than the presidential election scam of 2020!”

So this is not a story about the mental health issues of a former president. Rather, it is about the mental health issues that senior officials have voiced about a man who is, without a doubt, the leader of the Republican Party and the current 2024 frontrunner to be the GOP candidate.

Which should concern us all.

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