You’ve probably noticed that Donald Trump doesn’t stand or move the way normal people do. Instead, he appears to lean forward in a very odd way that some have called “standing like a centaur without the hind legs.” If you doubt that, take a look at this:
It hurts my back just looking at him. Can any architect friends explain how he can stand like that and not fall over, is it a trick with wind loading or something? pic.twitter.com/HldqJ6w2k9
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) November 27, 2019
But does the way the president stands suggest that something is wrong with him? Is there a hidden ailment or condition that we should know about?
According to neurologist Richard E. Cytowic M.D., writing in Psychology Today, the answer is yes, and he provides specific examples:
“While most frequently observed in Parkinson’s Disease, the bent posture so evident in Trump may also be seen in Alzheimer’s Dementia, movement disorders of the basal ganglia, and as the side effect of certain medications/ Also noted are the sudden, jerking movements of Trump’s right arm. Since they occur only on one side, the prefix ‘hemi’ is applied, while ‘ballistic’ means sudden or flinging in the manner of a projectile. Trump’s hemiballistic arm movements are evident in news clips from Memorial Day (also here via C-Span) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as are his uncontrolled swaying and forward tilt. He is seen to grab his wayward arm with the left one in an effort to keep it under control.”
What does this tell Dr. Cytowic about possible health issues for Trump? His diagnosis suggests why the president has refused to release his medical records:
“It is true that individuals who have balance and gait issues similar to those observed in Trump can have degenerative brain disease in the frontal lobes, such as fronto-temporal dementia or Pick’s Disease. Other possibilities are normal pressure hydrocephalus, sensory ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, small lacunar strokes in the basal ganglia, supranuclear palsy, the effects of too many medications, and Parkinson’s Disease, which can begin on one side and also show early cognitive impairment.”
It should be noted that Trump’s father, Fred, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease as he got older and died as a result of that and dementia a few years after he received the diagnosis. That tells us that Trump has a genetic predisposition for neurological conditions.
All of this, Cytowic concludes, makes it clear why the American public deserves to know the truth about the person we entrust with the most power in our country:
“The president is a public figure whose judgment we must trust. The American public is entitled to know about his neurological health given the enormous responsibilities placed on our Commander in Chief.”
Donald Trump is clearly not well. And that alone is reason enough to make sure he doesn’t remain in office beyond January 20 of next year.