Following allegations that White House insiders and Republicans on Capitol Hill question the president's mental stability, Donald Trump took to Twitter in defense of his mental acumen saying that his "two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart".
But in the tweet just prior, Trump compared the media coverage to that of former president Ronald Reagan in the later years of his term, which defies reason as Reagan is known to have had Alzheimer's disease.
Reagan, whose own capacity for the role of president was questioned during his time in office, was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer's five years after leaving office, making the comparison a slightly strange one from Trump. Indeed, an analysis from The Washington Post adds: "The news media did indeed question Reagan's mental health at times, but such questions were at least somewhat validated."
Regan's [sic] son Ron Reagan wrote in his book My Father at 100 that he noticed his father deteriorating around three years into his first term, The Guardian reported.
Inadvertently or not, Trump compared himself to someone whose mental status the press was validated in questioning.