WaPo Columnist: Is Trump's Doctor Okay?

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jan 19, 2018 1:12 PM
WaPo Columnist: Is Trump's Doctor Okay?

Well, we’re back to this again. Like many in the liberal news media, The Washington Post had their doubters about President Donald Trump’s medical report. The president is in excellent health: good heart rate, blood pressure, and cognitive function. There was a sigh among the press corps, who so desperately seemed to want to hear that the president was a cheeseburger away from a heart attack, had memory issues, or something else was wrong with him to paint a narrative that he was an unstable mess. Were they hoping for AIDS, Hepatitis C, necrotizing fasciitis, or anything to further denigrate this presidency? If you watched the presser, where questions like, is Trump addicted to drugs, were brought up—I’d say that’s a red flag that this press crew wanted him to have at least one terrible ailment. One op-ed writer from the Post decided to go there again, asking if the president’s doctor, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, was okay?

So, there you have it; medical professionals are elite and unquestionable until they say something you don’t like. This is how bad the press is to get Trump; even physicians are cast aside, questioned as quacks if they say something positive about the president. The closing portion of this column is just too good [emphasis mine]:

I put the question to Bandy X. Lee, the Yale Medical School psychiatrist who compiled the controversial book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” raising doubts about Trump’s mental fitness.

Lee said the screening test Jackson gave Trump “gives the public a false sense of reassurance.” Indeed, Donald Trump Jr. used the results of the test in a tweet: “More #winning. 30 out of 30.”

She said the test, though useful for detecting Alzheimer’s and the like, indicates little about “his high functioning, his frontal-lobe functioning, that we’re questioning.” To figure out what causes the worrisome traits President Trump exhibits — disordered decision-making, an insatiable need for affirmation, little impulse control, confusion about facts, difficulty foreseeing consequences — you’d need more extensive tests, a psychological exam and an MRI.

But, in a sense, you don’t need a doctor’s diagnosis to see that there’s a lot of chaos and volatility in the presidential brain.

That, Lee speculates, could explain powerful sycophancy that overcomes those who get close to Trump. “Those close to him are sensing this level of appeasement is necessary,” Lee speculated. They “feel they need to step in as a way to diminish his volatility and rage.”

The danger, Lee said, is that Trump’s courtiers do this for too long and succumb to “shared psychosis,” in which they come to “share his view of the world and lose touch with reality.”

They might even come to believe that a sedentary 71-year-old with significant plaque in his coronary arteries, high cholesterol and borderline obesity is the very picture of health.

Ah! So, Trump now has magical powers. Also, yes, he didn’t take a psychiatric exam, that doesn’t mean he’s crazy. Also, Dr. Jackson was Obama’s doctor—funny how that is omitted from the column. So, I’m sorry, media—but you won’t be covering the president’s death or loss of motor skills any time soon. My question is are y’all okay? Another one of your narrative just blew up in your faces. 

Oh, but you know, for Hillary Clinton, questions about her health were off limits.