Op-ed: Donald Trump’s erratic behavior, threats and weird shaking of his hands has doctors and scientists confused.
Is he mentally ill or acting like a chimpanzee?
Whatever it is suggests a problem says Dr. Jill Stein, a third party presidential candidate who is an internist trained Harvard.
“You know, I don't pretend to be able to do TV diagnosis, but I think the guy has a problem,” said the 66-year-old candidate, who is averaging somewhere between 2 and 5 percent in most national and state polls, enough (Clinton people say) to put a scare into the Democrat in too-close-to-call states. “The guy has a lot of problems -- physical, mental, emotional, cognitive,” Stein said of Trump.
“It's hard to, you know, to think too hard about anything Donald Trump says because he will change his mind in the next hour, if not the next day, or whatever,” she added. “Today, suddenly, after five years, he became convinced that it's not an issue. Yesterday it was an issue. It will probably become an issue again for him. You know, the guy may have a memory problem. Who knows what it is? But he's incapable of having a consistent thought or policy,” said Stein.
In fact, one of Trump’s closest advisers, Roger Stone, said Trump is still not sure President Obama was born in the U.S.
“In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” primate specialist Dr. Jane Goodall said. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks.”
Goodall added, “the more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”
Tony Schwartz, co-author of Trump’s book The Art of the Deal, said his lack of attention will hurt him in debates.
"He has problems and simply cannot take in complex information — he will be unable to practice for these debates,” Schwartz told the New York Times. “Trump will bring nothing but his bluster to the debates. He’ll use sixth-grade language, he will repeat himself many times, he won’t complete sentences, and he won’t say anything of substance.”
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