Donald J. Trump and his mental health!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2020

A cable news pseudo-discussion:
Last night, Don Lemon pretended to tease a discussion. His tease went exactly like this:
LEMON (6/23/20): Next, with coronavirus surging across the country, the president has got a lot to say about his own health. Why he keeps bringing attention to not just his physical health but his mental health.
Interesting! Lemon was going to lead a discussion concerning some aspect of our disordered president's mental health!

A commercial break followed. After the commercial break, Lemon opened the segment like this:
LEMON: President Trump is trying to distract from the spread of coronavirus. He is certainly bringing a lot of attention to his own health.

The president devoted nearly 15 minutes of his Tulsa rally to ranting about his delicate walk down a ramp after his West Point speech. That's after he tweeted about it and brought it up in a Wall Street Journal interview.

The Washington Post has reported that the president is increasingly preoccupied with defending his physical and mental health. So, let's talk about it now.

CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner is the director of Cardiac Catheterization Program at George Washington University Hospital. He joins us now. Sir, thank you.

So, doctor, the Post is reporting on an early June cabinet meeting saying this:

"Trump had taken a cognitive screening test as part of his 2018 physical, and now, more than two years later, he brought up the 10-minute exam.
He waxed on about how he dazzled the doctors with his stellar performance, according to two people familiar with his comments. He walked the room of about two dozen White House and reelection officials. Through some of his questions, he said he aced, such as being able to repeat five words in order."

So, we actually have a copy of this test. You say it is very simple and it looks for signs of dementia. Talk to us about that.
To understand what pseudo-discussion looks like, you should peruse what came next.

"Cable news" is largely pseudo-discussion. You aren't allowed to know how many millions Lemon is paid to do this.

17 comments:

  1. "To understand what pseudo-discussion looks like, you should peruse what came next."

    Thanks but no thanks, dear Bob.

    It would be enlightening if you could provide a hypothetical (or actual) example of relevant TDS dembottery that is not a pseudo-discussion, dear Bob.

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    1. You can look at discussions of his botched, stupid response to the coronavirus which killed 10s of thousands and counting.

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    2. But the most interesting discussions about Trump will happen in 50 years as our children cope with a ruined world. (Well, not literally your children since you are a virgin.)

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  2. The kids Somerby taught are not the same age as the kids depicted in that video. If you look at it, both the girl who is being harassed and the kids harassing her are all teenagers, not 5th or 6th graders. Kids enter 5th grade at 10 and 6th grade at 11. Adolescents are different than these younger kids. It is why middle school teachers get so much sympathy from those who teach younger children.

    But Somerby reaches in order to establish some credibility on this topic. If he were instead thinking about the kids, he might understand why older teens, who are in the midst of anxiety over identity issues, might be more concerned about race. Teens are also concerned about agency and independence, thus might be more likely to instigate an action against someone perceived as a threat than a younger child would be. Teens are notoriously confused, while also able to commit adult-sized mistakes without the judgment to prevent them. Younger children, not so much.

    But Somerby was no doubt studying philosophy when he should have been taking a child development class, like real teachers are required to do (and Teach for America considered unnecessary).

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    1. Sorry, this comment was misplaced. Didn't realize Somerby had added a third post.

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  3. Somerby says "you should peruse what came next", so I did.

    Somerby is disgusted by what he calls pseudo discussion, but what came next was a doctor explaining that the Montreal screening test for dementia was a low bar to pass and that Trump tends to project his own health concerns onto his opponents and hasn't really provided any info about his own health status.

    Somerby apparently expected Lemon to ask the doctor to diagnose Trump's mental health issues, but the doctor was a cardiologist, not a psychologist or psychiatrist. A cardiologist would use those Montreal screening questions to decide if a patient were being affected by medication or a medical condition, and whether a patient is competent to make a medical decision, or whether relatives or an advanced directive needed to be consulted over a permission for a treatment. Diagnosis of mental health problems falls into a different specialty -- so what did Somerby expect!

    There are now about 6 months left in Trump's term. It doesn't matter whether he is mentally ill or not -- no one is going to rock the boat now by invoking Article 25. In fact, such an effort might evoke sympathy for Trump and backfire in the election. We don't want to set a precedent for removing presidents for mental health reasons, when it can be used against sane presidents of opposing parties.

    So, why does Somerby keep raising this issue? Does he really not understand what is at stake? Maybe he is working toward that sympathy-building backfire himself. Maybe he thinks it is OK for reporters to diagnose the president. I haven't seen him put forth any reasoning that would explain why he keeps pressing this issue when it is so obviously counterproductive.

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  4. With Don Lemon, Trump can't win:

    Trump's opponents accuse him of mental health problems. When Trump defends himself against these accusations, Lemon faults him for bringing attention to his mental health.

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    1. You'd have to be an idiot to think that a mental status exam qualifies you to be president.

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    2. Also, David, the rube who loves to be hucked by con men, obviously lies about what Don Lemon said about Trump.

      In other news, the sky is blue.

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    3. David Trump can't win anything. He's a fucking loser. My country is burning and racked with disease and this bastard is pouring gas on the fire. Fuck off with your press bashing. Open your eyes.

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