Psychologist: Americans Have A Right To Know If Their President Has Dementia
In 2017, Joe Scarborough, who has been acquainted with Donald Trump for years, said that the President's behavior and mental confusion reminded him of his mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimers for an entire decade. “It's getting worse, and not a single person who works for him doesn’t know he has early signs of dementia,” Scarborough on his MSNBC show last year.
In an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today, psychologist John Gartner wrote that "the red flags are waving wildly." Gartner, together with over 70 of his other colleagues, wrote a letter to the president's physician Dr. Ronny Jackson in January of last year, urging him to perform cognitive examinations on the president because of obvious regression in his verbal functioning, potentially because of cognitive decline.
And Dr. Jackson did actually administer the Montreal Cognitive Assessment that screens for dementia, and Trump passed. But while Trump bragged about passing the "hard" test, in which "one must identify a camel, draw a clock and repeat three numbers backwards," the results only mean that Trump doesn’t have full-blown dementia.
A subsequent op-ed that Gartner and his colleagues wrote argued that the findings did not eliminate early stages of dementia from the realm of possibilities. They predicted that the signs of his dementia would continue to worsen, and since the piece written over a year ago, it has.