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‘His deterioration is accelerating’: Psychologists express alarm at latest Trump gaffes

Two professional psychologists this weekend explained why they are growing increasingly alarmed at what they say is former President Donald Trump’s “deteriorating” mental state.

Harry Segal, clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at Cornell University, and John Gartner, a psychologist and former assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, hosted a podcast on Saturday where they discussed the urgent need to talk publicly about Trump’s mental stability heading into the 2024 presidential election.

“We are going to be documenting his cognitive deterioration,” Gartner during the podcast. “I always say to people: Look at Donald Trump right now, because that’s the best Donald Trump you’re ever going to see because dementia is a deteriorating illness and his rate of deterioration is accelerating.”

Gartner then scolded the media for largely avoiding questions about Trump’s mental acuity while running multiple stories about President Joe Biden’s age.

“I don’t know what it will take for the mainstream press to actually ask the question, ‘Is there something wrong with Trump’s brain?'” he said. “I think, even if he was caught wandering down Fifth Avenue in his pajamas, they wouldn’t ask the question.”

Segal then chimed in to talk about Trump’s potentially malignant narcissistic personality disorder, which he said would be even worse in his second term given his reported determination to avoid hiring anyone who will push back on his ideas.

“It’s a disorder that doesn’t get better,” he said. “It gets worse when there’s less structure.”

He then predicted that in the coming months “we’re going to seeing… an interaction between the cognitive decline and the personality disorder, both of which are severe diagnoses for anybody, and this is for somebody who never should have been in power in the first place.”

Doha Madani

Doha Madani is a senior breaking news reporter for NKY News.

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