Monday morning, comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell suggested that President Trump might have “dementia” based on the clip of him walking down a ramp that gathered lots of media attention.
Rosie tweeted “trump is not well #DementiaDonald” and shared a meme comparing Trump to “PSP form of Frontotemporal Dementia.”
According to the meme the symptoms include “Stiffness and awkwardness in gait” as well as “poor judgement” and “loss of empathy.”
— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 15, 2020
President Trump took to social media to explain what looked like a unsteady descent of a ramp at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Saturday.
The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is “fall” for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!
You can watch and judge for yourself.
Per StarTribune, Trump — who turned 74 on Sunday, the oldest a U.S. president has been in his first term — was recorded hesitantly descending the ramp one step at a time after he delivered an address to graduating cadets at the New York-based academy Saturday. The academy’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, walked alongside him. Trump sped up slightly for the final three steps, as he got to the bottom.
Another video circulated of Trump taking a sip of water from a glass tucked inside his lectern on the dais at West Point. Trump held the glass with his right hand and brought it to his mouth, but appeared to momentarily have trouble lifting his arm farther. He used his left hand to push the bottom of the glass so that it reached his lips.
Trump posted defensively on Twitter late Saturday about the video circulating of his walk and offered a description that did not match the visuals.
“The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,” Trump wrote. “The last thing I was going to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!”
There was no evidence that the ramp was slippery, and the skies were clear during the ceremony.
The videos again raised questions about the health of Trump, whose advisers have never fully explained his abrupt visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in November, saying at the time only that it was intended to get a jump on his annual physical.
The White House doctor released a memo this month that summarized Trump’s yearly checkup but provided little information beyond blood pressure (normal) and a description of his course of hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic after the president was exposed to two staff members who tested positive for the coronavirus. The summary was not the customary report released in the past by Trump and other presidents after a physical.