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‘We need to know if he has dementia’: Psychologist breaks down Trump’s alarming ‘cognitive deficits’

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Psychologist John Gartner has written an op-ed for USA Today in which he breaks down the signs that President Donald Trump is undergoing significant cognitive decline and must be tested for dementia.

In his essay, Gartner says that he’s been alarmed for several months about Trump’s mental condition, and he said that his concerns have only grown while following the continued decay of the president’s speech patterns.

“In Alzheimer’s, as language skills deteriorate, we see two types of tell-tale speech disorders, or paraphasias,” he writes. “Semantic paraphasia involves choosing the incorrect words… Phonemic paraphasia, which is linked to the moderate to severe stages of Alzheimer’s, is described as ‘the substitution of a word with a nonword that preserves at least half of the segments and/or number of syllables of the intended word.'”

As examples of these disorders, Gartner recalls the president demanding to know the “oranges” of the Mueller probe, as well as references to “midtowm” and “midturn” elections.

While these slip-ups could be excused as harmless gaffes, Gartner says they’re only one sign that Trump’s mental faculties are failing.

“Trump’s speech patterns appear even more disordered when you go beyond the sound bite and look at a whole speech. He careens from one thought to the next in a parade of non sequiturs, frequently interrupting himself in the middle of a sentence to veer into another free association,” he writes. “When commentators described his two-hour speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month as ‘unhinged,’ they were referring in large part to this quality.”

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Florida Republicans concoct a new scheme to make it harder for students to vote

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Florida Republicans do not want to make voting easy for college students — a demographic that leans heavily Democratic.

Former GOP Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, took that to the extreme in 2014, with an order banning county election officials from setting up any early voting sites on college campuses. Last year, following a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, federal District Judge Mark Walker struck down that order as an unconstitutional burden on students' voting rights. As a result, some 60,000 people were able to vote early on 11 college campuses in Florida in 2018.

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Trump flips out over ‘RIGGED’ hearings as Democrats grill Hope Hicks

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President Donald Trump ranted on Twitter while his former communications director testified before the House Judiciary Committee.

Hope Hicks complied with a congressional subpoena and testified behind closed doors to the Democrat-led panel, and the president raged online as word leaked out that a White House lawyer was objecting to many of the questions about her government service.

"The Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, so after almost 3 years, they want a Redo, or Do Over. This is extreme Presidential Harassment," Trump tweeted. "They gave Crooked Hillary’s people complete Immunity, yet now they bring back Hope Hicks."

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Soledad O’Brien shames the press for calling Trump’s lies about Central Park 5 a ‘controversial stance’

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Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien has once again called out media outlets for whitewashing President Donald Trump's blatant lies.

This time, O'Brien took issue with a USA Today headline that mischaracterized Trump's lies about five black men who were falsely accused of raping a woman in New York's Central Park in the 1980s, only to have their convictions vacated in 2002 after DNA evidence exonerated them and another man confessed that he was the man who committed the brutal Central Park rape more than a decade earlier.

Instead of calling out Trump for lying about the case, the paper simply called Trump's continued assertions of their guilt a "controversial stance."

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