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Episode #779: Brain Disorder
First Broadcast: 10/23/17
Repeated: 1/22/18
Donald Trump created a week full of unforced errors for himself, when he apparently insulted the widow of a dead soldier by telling her that her late husband "knew what he signed up for," then denied that he said it, despite at least two witnesses to the contrary, then claimed to have "proof" that he didn't say what he said, despite not showing the alleged proof to anyone for inspection. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was with the widow, Myeshia Johnson, when she received Trump's phone call, described Trump as "crazy" and having a "brain disorder." Separately, Masha Gessen wrote an article for The New Yorker, where she described Donald Trump as governing "like a teen-ager," showing "an angry refusal to understand why rules should exist." Is all this just mounting evidence for the question I asked back in July, 2016--namely: "Is Donald Trump literally brain-damaged?" Is "malignant narcissism" the best term to describe his mental disorder? Is the "Goldwater Rule" obsolete? Is the 25th Amendment worth considering to remove Trump from office, or is the thought of "President Pence" too awful an alternative to contemplate? This probably isn't the last time some of these questions will come up.

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