In the continued absence of any strong evidence that President Trump goes to sleep each night next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and much of the rest of the media have smoothly pivoted to casually throwing it out there that maybe Trump has dementia.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Security Mike Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and former FBI Director James Comey all testified this past week that they never felt they had been pressured or asked to do anything inappropriate by the White House as far as investigations into Russia’s election meddling go.
But after that crystalizing revelation came in light of months of news reports suggesting collusion between Trump and the Kremlin, MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle on Friday had one question for Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Are you concerned about the president’s health?”
After a three-second blank stare that would have made Medusa swerve, Pelosi responded, “It’s about the facts and the law and there’s nothing else.”
Unsatisfied with what was a clear choice by Pelosi to avoid a mindless question, well-known journalist Mark Halperin asked, “Are you concerned about his health or not?”
Pelosi only offered that she was “concerned about [Trump’s] fitness for office,” the kind of bland phrase Democrats and Republicans use about each other all the time.
Conservatives who hate Pelosi might give her a lifetime achievement award for her upstanding sanity in the face of stupidity.
But she can’t be on the show daily to respond each time one of the hosts or panelists turns into a psychiatrist in order to evaluate the president’s mental stability.
The previous day on “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said “it’s possible” Trump is “mentally ill” and that “at the very least, he’s not well.”
Joe Scarborough attempted to cut Brzezinski off, though he had said almost the exact same thing two days before that.
“This is so unbalanced,” he said the morning after Trump on Twitter had criticized the mayor of London’s response to terror attacks. “He is not well.”
The country was assured this week that not only did Trump not attempt to halt investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia, but that he encouraged the probe and that he really was told at least three times by James Comey that he was not personally under investigation.
But now that that’s all cleared up, the media want to talk about whether Trump is retarded.
After the terror attacks in London last weekend, the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, warned that there would be heightened police presence in public and that there was “no reason to be alarmed.”
Trump on Twitter called Khan’s response “pathetic,” a remark in perfect sync with everything else Trump has said about the “travel ban” and the need to get “smart” and “tough” on terror.
But it made Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin wonder if Trump should be committed to a psychiatric ward.
“There are serious concerns about this president’s mental stability,” she said Monday on CNN. “And there are serious problems when you have a president of the United States who is so erratic, so unreliable.”
Eugene Robinson, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post, said Trump’s comments on Khan showed he had a “small heart” and that it’s time to “wonder about his emotional stability, his grasp of reality or both.”
During the campaign last year when Trump said his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton didn’t have the “stamina” to be president, journalist John Heilemann said on MSNBC, “If you don’t have a medical degree, shut up.”
But that was when everyone in Washington was certain Trump wouldn’t be president. Now that he is and the Russian scandal that the media have pushed looks like a wash, it’s pro forma to openly wonder if the president is senile.
The national media pushed a story that the president colluded with Russia, which “came apart” this week, in the words of liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
In an instant, it’s now Trump’s mental health that the media tell everyone to worry about.
It’s a sudden shift in mood that specialists might classify as bipolar disorder