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‘Trump appears to be showing gross signs of dementia’: Expert points to new evidence

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According to psychologist Dr. John Gartner, formerly of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Donald Trump’s slurring and inability to sometimes formulate complete sentences appears to be a sign of growing dementia and possibly early stages of Alzheimer’s.

In an interview with Salon’s Chauncey DeVega, Gartner bluntly stated the former president is “showing gross signs of dementia” and fellow experts are not pointing out the warning signs nearly enough.

Gartner, who has been warning about Trump’s diminishing mental capacity since contributing to the 2017 book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” asserted the former president is becoming more dangerous by the day and the closer he gets to returning to the Oval Office.

After telling Salon’s DeVega, “There is also this focus on [President Joe] Biden’s gaffes or other things that are well within the normal limits of aging. By comparison, Trump appears to be showing gross signs of dementia. This is a tale of two brains. Biden’s brain is aging. Trump’s brain is dementing,” he was asked for evidence.

Trump, he noted, appears to be spiraling into “phonemic paraphasias” during his rally speeches, which he described as, “the substitution of non-words for words that sound similar—are not normally seen until a patient enters the moderate to severe stages of Alzheimer’s.”

According to Gartner, “Some examples of Trump’s non-words: Beneficiaries becomes ‘benefishes.’ Renovations become ‘renoversh.’ Pivotal became ‘pivobal.’ Obama became ‘obamna.’ Missiles became ‘mishiz.’ Christmas became ‘Crissus.’ Bipartisan became ‘bipars.’ This is a fundamental breakdown in the ability to use language. If you were talking to your father on the phone and he did this you would think he is having a stroke. There is no healthy older person who speaks that way.”

He also noted Trump’s tendency to go off in odd directions while talking to audiences.

Referring to the former president’s “tangential speech,” he elaborated, “He just becomes incomprehensible when he engages in free association word salad speech that is all over the place. Again, that’s a sign of real brain damage, not being old, not being slow, not losing a step not being, but of severe cognitive deterioration.”

He continued, “What I don’t understand is why those clips aren’t replayed over and over in the mainstream media. Isn’t Trump babbling incoherently the most newsworthy part of his rally? You can be sure it would be if it were Biden.”

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