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Trump ‘almost looked sedated’ at campaign rally: Ex-White House official

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Two former top officials in Republican administrations worried about President Donald Trump’s mental state during CNN appearances on Monday.

“Look at what’s gone on over the last five or six weeks. Maybe you’re saying it can’t get any worse, but I predict it will. It will get a lot worse,” former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN’s Don Lemon.

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Scaramucci explained what he saw of his former friend during a Monday evening campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

“He almost looks sedated tonight. I don’t know if you were watching the rally. I mean he looked sedated,” Scarmucci said. “He was using words that he typically doesn’t use. He was reading off the prompter.”

“He’s got a loss of confidence going on — and he’s got a loss of personality at the same time,” Scarmucci added. “I’m not a psychologist, but I was around the campaign, and I was with the guy. You get a sense for a person’s personality.”

Peter Wehner, a former senior advisor to George W. Bush, also worried about Trump’s mental health.

Wehner authored a new piece in The Atlantic titled, “Trump Is Not Well.”

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“Donald Trump’s disordered personality—his unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning, and behaving—has become the defining characteristic of his presidency,” Wehner wrote. “It manifests itself in multiple ways: his extreme narcissism; his addiction to lying about things large and small, including his finances and bullying and silencing those who could expose them; his detachment from reality, including denying things he said even when there is video evidence to the contrary; his affinity for conspiracy theories; his demand for total loyalty from others while showing none to others; and his self-aggrandizement and petty cheating.”

Wehner explained the danger Trump poses to America.

“Yeah, it is more of the same. But what I would say is that his condition is getting worse, and the guardrails are getting less,” he explained. “And so, you know, I said to a friend a long time ago, when there’s no bottom, there’s no bottom. With Donald Trump, there’s no bottom. This is like a car on a steep hill without brakes. It’s just going to accelerate and there’s not going to be a way to stop it.”

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“It’s just an avalanche of disordered personality traits, the lying, the pathological lying, the self-aggrandizement, the detachment from reality, the extreme narcissism, the misogyny, the ruthlessness, lack of remorse. All of those things are absolutely on public display, and the idea that as citizens, we’re not supposed to make judgments, reasoned judgments about those things as they’re unfolding before our eyes, I think is silly and irresponsible,” he explained.

“I’ve worked in three administrations. I worked in the White House as a senior adviser for seven years, and one of the things I came away from is the belief that even more than policy — and I care a lot about policy, I spent my life in policy — even more than that, what matters most is the president’s temperament, his disposition, his judgment, his prudence, his wisdom,” he continued. “And Donald Trump is not only worse than any president that we’ve had, he’s light years worse than anybody we’ve ever seen in political life. And that’s just a big, big danger.”

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Trump and the GOP have become the party of the dead

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There are few morbid topics subject to greater speculation than the religious loyalty of President Donald Trump's "base." Why an alarmingly large amount of Americans refuse even to entertain any criticism of Trump deserves scrutiny from political scientists, psychologists and perhaps horror novelists working in the school of Edgar Allan Poe.

This article first appeared in Salon.

What is abundantly clear is that no matter who votes for Trump, he and the Republican Party on the national level have no interest in governing on the behalf of living human beings — with the exception of ensuring that a tiny minority of billionaires and multimillionaires enlarge their investment portfolios. Trump evinces no concern for Americans dying of the coronavirus, racist violence or any other malady or injustice. He demonstrates no regard for health care professionals courageously trying to save their patients from dying, and appears cruelly indifferent to the struggles of millions of workers whose livelihoods have been destroyed by COVID-19. Needless to say, Trump also shows contempt for Black Lives Matter, immigrants and anyone who opposes his re-election, which at this moment (and throughout his presidency) is more than half of the American public.

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As coronavirus seizes the state, Florida hospitals are in panic mode

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As Florida experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, the residents of the state are facing obstacles like overwhelmed hospitals and a looming shortage in beds.

This article first appeared in Salon.

There are 47,663 hospital beds in the state right now with 11,782 available (meaning a remaining capacity of 19.82 percent) and a total staffed bed capacity of 59,445, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's Hospital Bed Capacity Dashboard. The state Department of Health also reported on Friday that, out of 95,300 individuals who received coronavirus test results over the course of the previous day, 11,433 tested positive for COVID-19 (all but 90 of whom were Florida residents), meaning that more than 12 percent of the new cases had positive test results. The state also reported 93 new deaths due to COVID-19. (Salon reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment on this story.)

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The GOP is a suicide cult

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

Back in March, we argued that Donald Trump had become the charismatic leader of the dumbest suicide cult ever. There were fewer than 500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the time, but it wasn't difficult to see the trajectory we were on at even that early date. At the time, we were commenting on the President's* repeated claims that the whole thing was a big hoax and polls showing that Democrats were twice as likely as Republicans to say they were taking steps to avoid becoming infected.

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