It's been a longstanding notion that the presidency ages a person.
But ever since it was revealed that President Ronald Reagan was battling Alzheimers and dementia during his second term, people pay closer attention to cues about the mental acuity of the Commander in Chief.
So a recent press briefing by President Donald Trump had people pointing out a definite difference between Trump now and the Trump that ran for President.
In back to back videos the changes seem drastic.
Compare and contrast: Trump speaking during his June 2015 campaign launch speech vs. Trump speaking today https://t.co/TTG5EArhJZ— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1567113209.0
He's rapidly mentally declining and he didn't start off very smart to begin with.😳 https://t.co/mW1cz6OD4J— Matt Rogers 🎙️ (@Matt Rogers 🎙️) 1567132968.0
Yikes. This is the guy whose people made Clinton's health an internet meme. https://t.co/y32T5GaH2p— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols) 1567116440.0
@larsoer @atrupar Two of them will fight each other to run for his job in 2020.— Sachi Grace 🇺🇸 ⚜️ 💜 🚴♀️ (@Sachi Grace 🇺🇸 ⚜️ 💜 🚴♀️) 1567193992.0
Although a full review of the video indicates the President struggles with reading, which is also an indicator of ill health or mental decline.
President Trump Holds Ceremony Launching U.S. Space Command | TIME www.youtube.com
Unless the person always struggled to read.
@atrupar Lol he seems to be. Most likely because he has to read it off a piece of paper.— Barb Whalen (@Barb Whalen) 1567164259.0
@atrupar He’s been given orders READ THIS do not go Off script. GOP is tired of losing— hippie@heart (@hippie@heart) 1567183437.0
@NoyesNananoyz2 @atrupar He doesn't struggle with empathy or morality. Ge simply lacks both qualities, and has no i… https://t.co/hPsYJkqxqg— Jonesy Fights the GQP (@Jonesy Fights the GQP) 1567184565.0
Some cited exhaustion from all the traveling to play golf at his own resorts every week.
Trump looked and sounded absolutely exhausted on Thursday so I’m not surprised to learn the stated reason for cance… https://t.co/OUZX1xoKcw— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1567268280.0
While others had alternate theories.
@ida_skibenes @atrupar @effiedog It’s the lifts in his shoes. And his dementia.— Lisa St. John (she/her) (@Lisa St. John (she/her)) 1567188112.0
@stjohnle @ida_skibenes @atrupar @effiedog I am tired of the demented orange nazi in the oval office. Too many of u… https://t.co/2sdf3jBErI— Vivian Kasey 👊🌎🌊 (@Vivian Kasey 👊🌎🌊) 1567190593.0
@HillBeverlyhill @atrupar Probably snorted Adderall.— Mary (@Mary) 1567203717.0
@atrupar @Thom_Hartmann That's really interesting to compare. In 2015 it seems like he was still getting good cocai… https://t.co/TS8biLfj5O— Detached (@Detached) 1567201488.0
@Sanityreturn2us @atrupar @The_Lady_Red I think all the sniffing could be more revealingly— Victoria Clemen (@Victoria Clemen) 1567217398.0
@atrupar https://t.co/cEO4cWC1AO— There is NO Justice, it's JUST US (@There is NO Justice, it's JUST US) 1567183207.0
@JsVenier @atrupar He has to be careful he does n't let the cat out of the bag: aliens info and what USA military c… https://t.co/m3s5xao59K— William Fell-Holden (@William Fell-Holden) 1567239965.0
@atrupar To much Adderall sniffing.— edward collins (@edward collins) 1567147286.0
@lonquest @atrupar I expect he doesn't have "Homeowner's Insurance".— Kathy Maddux Pearlman (@Kathy Maddux Pearlman) 1567195952.0
@goodoldcatchy @atrupar I think the space is in his head— Beetlebaum (@Beetlebaum) 1567238185.0
Whatever the cause, people were concerned 73 year-old Trump might not be capable or fit for 2020.
Although a few had other questions...
@seiko_millo @atrupar It's for the brace he most likely wears.— Emily Petro (@Emily Petro) 1567225231.0
@bmckenz44559503 @atrupar @jengrimes8 I hear it may be another dimension... https://t.co/RfALp1EkBO— Kim Possible (@Kim Possible) 1567152650.0
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