In political campaigns, contenders often question the sanity of their opponents.
“My opponent is crazy,” one might say.
In the 2016 Presidential candidate, however, increasing numbers question the mental capacity of Donald Trump aren’t using hyperbole. More and more observers wonder if the GOP candidate for President is sane. Many believe he is not.
“During the primary season, as Donald Trump’s bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was being crazy like a fox,” writes Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post. “Now I am increasingly convinced that he’s just plain crazy.”
“At this point, it would be irresponsible to ignore the fact that Trump’s grasp on reality appears to be tenuous at best,” he adds.
“One wonders if Republican leaders have begun to realize that they may have hitched their fate and the fate of their party to a man with a disordered personality,” writes Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
The fact that Trump could not help himself, that he clearly did, as he said, want to “hit” everyone who spoke against him at the Democratic convention, suggests that there really is something wrong with the man.
“Yes, Donald Trump is crazy,” Steven Hayes says in the conservative Weekly Standard. “And, yes, the Republican party owns his insanity.”
Writes David Brooks in The New York Times:
He is a morally untethered, spiritually vacuous man who appears haunted by multiple personality disorders. It is the “sane” and “reasonable” Republicans who deserve the shame — the ones who stood silently by, or worse, while Donald Trump gave away their party’s sacred inheritance.
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is richer and more successful than Trump, says voters need to choose anyone but Trump, adding: “Let’s elect a sane, competent person.”
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens says: “We can gloss over it, laugh about it, analyze it but Donald Trump is not a well man.”
Billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: “He went off the reservation and went bat shit crazy.”
Trump doubled down on his insanity Tuesday by suggesting that gun owners may be the ones who can take care of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said after repeating his usual lie that Clinton wants to get rid of the Second Amendment. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Many felt Trump, once again, went over the line.
“Nobody who is seeking a leadership position — especially the presidency, the leadership of the country — should do anything to countenance violence, and that’s what he was saying,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton’s running mate. I frankly couldn’t believe he said it.”
Trump and his aides claimed he was suggesting the Second Amendment proponents “unify” and use their “political clout” to stop Hillary Clinton.
Kaine dismissed Trump’s followup “explanation.”
“I think Donald Trump revealed again, many other statements have revealed the same thing, it just revealed a complete temperamental misfit with the character that is required to do the job,” he said.
“Temperamental misfit” is one way to describe Donald Trump.
Or you can just call him insane.
Because he is.
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