MSNBC's Joe Scarborough claimed on Thursday that allies of President Trump questioned Trump's mental state during the 2016 presidential campaign. "People close to him during the campaign told me [he] has early stages of dementia," Scarborough said during Thursday's Morning Joe. Scarborough's co-host and fianceé Mika Brzezinski then added, "You can say that's not okay to say, but at this point it's reality."
Public chatter on the topic has grown louder in the last few days following reports from both The New York Timesand The Washington Postclaiming that the president seems to believe the Access Hollywood recording of him bragging about sexually assaulting women is not actually of him. When the recording was first released last year, then-candidate Trump confirmed its authenticity just hours after its release. "I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize," he said.
Some experts have steered clear of commenting on the topic of Trump's mental stability, citing the "Goldwater rule" — which prevents mental health professionals from speculating on the mental health of public figures without examination and permission to publicly discuss their diagnosis. But others have been less shy, very publicly suggesting that Trump's behavior exhibits signs of cognitive decline, narcissistic personality disorder, and even sociopathy. Kelly O'Meara Morales