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Scarborough: Everybody’s Talking About Trump’s ‘Mental Health’

Scarborough: Everybody’s Talking About Trump’s ‘Mental Health’

Scarborough Says He’s Known Trump for a Decade and Never Seen Him Like This: ‘Unhinged’

On Morning Joe, in the wake of recent comments by Donald Trump including his criticism of the Gold Star Khan family, Joe Scarborough says that he has been contacted by Republicans, conservatives and what the media would call “right-wing bloggers” to inquire about Trump’s “mental health.” Scarborough says “everybody” is talking about it.

Scarborough went on to say “I’ve known him for a decade, never seen him act like this before. It’s unhinged, not the Donald Trump I’ve known for over a decade. I never have seen anything remotely resembling this type of behavior from a guy who I’ve known and liked and called a friend.”

Note: From its headline, you’ll get all you need to know about Eugene Robinson’s WaPo column to which Willie Geist referred: “Is Donald Trump Just Plain Crazy?

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, MSNBC analyst Eugene Robinson.

WILLIE GEIST: With a provocative new column.

JOE: His columns are always provocative. What’s provocative about this one?

WILLIE: Dr. Eugene Robinson has diagnosed the Republican nominee.

EUGENE ROBINSON: I didn’t diagnose. I just said there’s a problem there.

WILLIE: A clinical problem.

ROBINSON: I’m not making a clinical diagnosis, just an observation.

JOE: So Gene, I’m going to peruse this really quickly. Does it have to do with his mental well-being?

ROBINSON: Well, gee, you think good.

JOE: I will tell you why I ask you this. It’s pretty remarkable. I fielded calls all day yesterday from conservatives, from Republicans, from officials, from people that the media would call right-wing bloggers, from whatever you want to call it — my, that [camera] shot’s far away. Hey, hey out there, and everybody was asking me about his mental health. We had somebody on the set yesterday that had said, you know, back in 1964, psychiatrists had tried to analyze Barry Goldwater, and they swore after that they would never do it again, they would stay out of politics. But it was all everybody was talking about yesterday. It’s not like there was talking points that were shot out by the DNC or by anybody else.

Everybody was talking about his mental health yesterday. Everybody was calling me saying what’s happening to him? What is wrong with him? And so, the reason I say this is, it’s just like it exploded. And you’ve written this column about it. Everybody is asking me yesterday.

STEVE RATTNER: I had lunch yesterday with a friend who is not that politically involved and he said, somebody has to do a psychological profile of the guy and figure out why he acts the way he acts and is he really healthy.

JOE: You hate to say this, but at this point when you keep doing things that are going to hurt you, that are going to damage your cause, that seem so disconnected from reality and standard norms of human behavior, at some point, everybody keeps asking the same thing, I think most disturbingly is this schtick worked, the Republican primaries, which is really, really bad for my party.

Now you even have Republicans that are saying, again, privately, mentally, like have you ever seen him like this before? I answered no, I haven’t. I’ve known him for a decade, I’ve never seen him act like this before. It’s unhinged, it’s not the Donald Trump that I’ve known for over a decade. I never have seen anything remotely resembling this type of behavior from a guy who I’ve known and liked and called a friend.


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I am more concerned with the mental health of those willing to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Cheapie in reply to Exiliado. | August 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Sadly, if you were a Beltway barnacle that sucks up to crooks and sleazy elites for a living like Scarbought, it does make sense.

    I’m not concerned for mental health of Hillary voters. I disagree with them, but I think they have more or less the same rate of mental illness as the general population.
    I’m concerned about the disconnect from reality of the I see in Trumpies.

Some friend! Remind me not to be “friends” with Morning Joe.

I think Trump handled this whole Kahn story poorly (he should have used that interview to point out how GoTo George Stephanopoulos is a made tool of the Clintons and that Hillary abused Pat Smith, rather than awkwardly challenging the Kahns), but handling something poorly is far different than being unhinged.

Why isn’t Joe et al concerned about the pathological lying of Hillary? Or Khan’s affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Hate to say it but I’ve been wondering recently too. We went back to the lashing out schtick right after he won the nomination with Cruz, Kasich, Bloomberg, now this Khan tool. Apparently he got pretty confused about the Crimean situation. I want him to win but I’m worried. He’s taking the bait on everything they toss out there.

Name names, Joe, or it didn’t happen. Gaslighting temps are turning way up right now.

What about Hillary’s mental health. As a doctor, looking at her, I would say she has many aspects of a paranoid schizophrenic. I can understand Trump. You mention the Ukraine, Putin has not invade the entire Ukraine and likely does not want to. So Trump answered correctly. Trump understands that antagonizing Putin is not a wise thing to do.

    jack burns in reply to david7134. | August 2, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Diagnosis via youtube & TV. If you’re a doctor, I’m a test pilot. She’s just another megalomaniacal career hack who thinks it it is just her turn.

      david7134 in reply to jack burns. | August 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      I have never met a test pilot, what type do you fly? Now, all you have to do is google the diagnosis and compare the symptoms that she exhibits. That is not hard even for a test pilot.

I have said this before but Morning Joes is in the tank for Hillary.

Hillary has lied for over a year about the e-mail server and classified material on it. Lie after lie after lie! We know she is lying and so does the media?

Where is the outrage about this? What did the FBI say about this? Our National Security was put at risk! She is unfit to be President because of her extremely bad judgement.

So Trump is unhinged because he responded to an attack on him? Give it a rest morning Joe! Go back and look at all the great things he (Joes) said about Trump during the primaries. This does not pass the smell test!

Rush spent a lot of time one this imbroglio yesterday. A lot of it was predictable apologia on Der Donald’s behalf, but a lot of it wasn’t. A lot of it was, “Oh, jeez! I can’t believe he’s doing this!”

Rush was clearly worried. It’s that Tar Baby thing we’ve noted before.

Maybe someone in the T-rump camp can control him, because he can’t seem to control himself.

    Ragspierre :
    Just so you know you’re in the same tank with Paul Ryan, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, the networks, John Cornyn, the democrats & yes, Hillary Clinton, & Obama. Along with the MSM & the Koch brothers plus 400 associated deep pocket donors who are meeting at the ***** Broadmoor Hotel now.

    Yesterday they gave Paul Ryan a standing ovation & numerous atta-boys when he told the crowd the GODP majority would pass TPP & open borders & immigration right after they lied their way to reelection with the help of associated dupes such as yourself & Mark Levin.

    It’s a nice crowd you hang with Mr. “Principled Conservative!”

    Ps ; you can throw in your open immigration buddy’s Mike Lee & Cory Gardner for good measure.

      Ragspierre in reply to secondwind. | August 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

      I have no idea how that lying bullshit has anything to do with me.

      Or, more interestingly, how it helps Donelle T-wamp with the results of his/her mean girl tantrumsssssss.

      But I do see it’s all your got.

        jack burns in reply to Ragspierre. | August 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

        Patience. Brother Shapiro is praying for you.

        This is what I spent my weekend on. Research & confronting in the tank Colorado GODPer’s & Colorado media. Of course you know nothing about it.

        You’ve been in the clubhouse getting drunk with Mark Levin, Eric Erickson & a Paul Ryan associate. You make a perfect 4some.

        Though you did take an occasional moment or so to keep your parrots up to speed with an occasional comment on L. I.

    “Maybe someone in the T-rump camp can control him, because he can’t seem to control himself.”
    Somebody (Ivanka? Manafort?) clearly can. Somebody locks him out of his iPhones and types sane generic tweets from time to time. It’s pretty obvious when this happens.
    Unfortunately, it’s impossible to control him 24/7 a and his biggest fans will be disappointed if this happens.

Well, that was quick. I guess everything else they flung ricocheted and smeared their faces.

That said, to suppose that individual performance is exemplary of a philosophy. Whereas principles precede the individual, the individual does not speak for the principles.

Pro-choice notwithstanding, which is a religious/moral philosophy pulled from the twilight zone. Khan exploited his son’s death as redemptive of the philosophy. Khan’s testimony is anecdotal evidence of his son’s convictions and nothing more.

Will they now apologize to the military, the police, and the border guard? Will they apologize to the people sacrificed in the Middle East, Europe, and America during their social justice adventurism? Democrats have tainted the significance of their deaths. What is Scarborough?

Sacrifice another baby on the barbie… this conversation is not serious.

Trump just what the nomination of the Republican party. If he is crazy then what does it say about the state of the country. Or to phrase it another way. “If I’m crazy then it’s true that it is all because of you. And you wouldn’t want it any other way.”

I’ve seen no major changes in the way Trump behaves over this year the the decades we have seen him. Why suddenly are they talking about it?

What about Hilary? There is first off all her at times very strange behaviour when she is not “on stage”. That very weird laugh. Not to mention those actions which some people claim are “seizures”. If they are not seizures then they are strong hints of some kind of psychological difficulty.

Plus clear signs of extremely poor health. Possible surgeries. Poor health like that tends to put severe psychological stress on a person.

Surely the Morning Shmoe et al would agree to let the GOP to sub another candidate when the PTB agree Trump is nuts, right? I mean, the dems being so concerned and all…

that seem so disconnected from reality and standard norms of human behavior

There’s the key to the analysis, and the key to the error.

We’re not seeing deviation from norms of human behavior. We’re seeing deviations from norms of unimaginative, business-as-usual politics. They’ve been watching routine dullness for so long that they’re numb. Something a little bit different comes along, and they at first don’t even notice it. After they notice, they don’t understand it. Holy Cow, I can’t understand this guy! The norm of human behavior is … not to blame one’s own lack of imagination or political sophistication, but to blame the mystification on Trump. So their defenses turn on—Trump is obviously …

… A buffoon…

… A clown with orange hair…

… Out of control…

… Ignorant…

… Not serious about any of this…

So he ends up on top of the electoral heap, and they still don’t understand, but obviously he’s doing something right. So they keep watching. But they still don’t understand. Defenses kick in again …

… He’s even more out of control…

… He’s nutzo…

… Clinical…

But they’re wrong. Again.

When Trump’s poll numbers start to tank, that will establish that he’s doing something wrong. (The goal of this whole exercise is to generate votes; it is not to impress the punditry.)

Until then, the best thing to do is … watch and learn.

    Ragspierre in reply to tom swift. | August 2, 2016 at 11:43 am


    Well, it is said this is a “rule breaking” election…

    I know, I know… This is a “bad” poll that means nothing.

    “When Trump’s poll numbers start to tank, that will establish that he’s doing something wrong.”
    Will you believe there is something wrong with his numbers?
    Trump’s numbers were low from the get-go. He got a modest bumpette from his Convention, went south sharply after the Dem Convention.
    He is now preemptively blaming lazy voters, talks of a rigged election.

      stevewhitemd in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | August 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Let’s be careful how much we read into the media-sponsored polls. There’s a fair of information out there on the bias in the Reuters, AP and CBS polls. Likely not enough that if removed would put Trump ahead, but making it appear that Hilarity is comfortably ahead when perhaps it’s very close.

      I have no opinion on who’s ahead right now, but I do read the national polls with a gimlet eye.

        My point exactly. Trump’s numbers will never sink in his supporters’ minds because they believe the polls to be media manipulation. (Then why even ask for numbers as a proof of something?) when he loses in November, they will say that the election was rigged.

          Actually they have been setting up the “Never Trump” group as the reason for the loss for months now. When you aren’t serious about winning you set up a fall guy which of course Trump’s camp has done in spades. That is exactly why he attacked Cruz at the convention also.

          stevewhitemd in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | August 2, 2016 at 7:44 pm

          Well no, I’m not addressing the Trump crowd specifically. I’m addressing the more general point: a fair number of the national pollsters are tools of the MSM and will reflect the MSM bias. They want Hilarity and they’re going to work to get her over the line. Particularly since this is August and few will remember next January what they did this month, it’s good for them to nudge Hillary up a bit and the Donald down a bit — momentum, expectations, etc.

          The Trump crowd will make of it what they will. But you don’t have to be a Trump-ster to understand that the national polls are as in the tank for Hilarity as is the NYT.

This is what Trump tweeted:

“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible.”

Read more:

That Donald Trump, always saying the wrong thing, and somehow getting votes out of it./s

    Valerie in reply to Valerie. | August 2, 2016 at 11:39 am

    ehh, not tweeted. Release.

    Ragspierre in reply to Valerie. | August 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Really, Val? THAT’s ALL he said? There wasn’t a WHOLE lot more, and enough to piss off the VF-freaking-W?

    And NOBODY is making this shit up. It’s ALL pure, organic T-wamp tantrum bullshit, and it’s ALL on him.

    Full T-rump sucking mode here.

      “I turned down a meeting with Charles & David Koch. Much better for them to meet with the puppets of politics. They will do much better.” Trump weekend tweet in response to the Koch’s.

      Hedge fund donations, Clinton $123,000,000.00. Trump $19,000.00.

      Are you a bought & paid for puppet of the donor class Ragspierre? Are those strings I see hanging out of your ass?

      Or are you just a stupid dupe & tool.
      My moneys on stupid dupe & tool.

        Ragspierre in reply to secondwind. | August 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm

        “I turned down a meeting with Charles & David Koch. Much better for them to meet with the puppets of politics. They will do much better.” Trump weekend tweet in response to the Koch’s.

        And that’s a Donelle T-wamp lie. The Koch brothers turned HIM down.

        But, aside from all that ADDITIONAL bullshit, how does that HELP Donelle with his self-destructive tantrums…???

This whole dust up is proving 2 things: 1Trump needs a tuneup as in better counsel and 2) Saul Alinsky was even smarter than anybody gave him credit for:
* RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
* RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

While all of this is swirling around Trump, nobody is laying a glove on the damaged old reprobate the democrats have carrying their guidon. Maybe the Republican standard will need to be carried by Assange.

    OnlyRightDissentAllowed in reply to jack burns. | August 2, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Assange is only the funnel. So I guess you are counting on Putin. A Russian despot is going to make America great again?

Oh but the media types have no problem with Hillary’s criminal behavior, lies, pay to play schemes or her hatred of the country, citizens, laws or the Constitution. They have no problem with her health or mental state. They have no problem with her using the powers of the federal gov to reward her friends and punish anyone who opposes her. How about spending some time to vet her?

    OnlyRightDissentAllowed in reply to showtime8. | August 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I guess the fact that a republican controlled congressional investigative committee and the FBI found no criminal behavior doesn’t influence you opinion.

    With Trump all you have to do is watch and listen. He freaks out at any criticism or perceived slight. I don’t think he is crazy. He is unhinged. I don’t agree that it is a recent change in behavior. As a New Yorker, I have had the dubious privilege of observing him for the last 30 years.

    He is a clown and a caricature. I used to just shake my head or roll my eyes. Now it is not a joke. You guys that are new to his shtick are going to be in for a rude awaking in the unlikely event that he wins.

    BTW, Clinton was a liberal, but quite competent Senator. She worked and played well with others. As Secretary of State – meh. I have read a variety of sources on Benghazi and don’t think you can dump it at her feet.

      Nobody with an IQ above refrigerator temperature believes that Hillary is innocent.

      And not pressing charges does not mean there was no criminal behavior.

        OnlyRightDissentAllowed in reply to murkyv. | August 2, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        Nobody with an IQ above refrigerator temperature voted for Trump. Anybody with an IQ above refrigerator temperature knows Trump is a grifter.

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to OnlyRightDissentAllowed. | August 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

          Others and I have said from the beginning that Trump is a nutburger and not very bright at all. Stupidity and lunacy often but not always walk together; in his case they do.

Meanwhile, Hillary is having bizarre seizures and no one in the press is allowed to photograph her walking up the stairs to an airplane.

    But I thought Trump knows how to work the media.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to RKae. | August 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    …and that has exactly….what….to do with Trump’s mental status?

    You Trump cultists go all lefty in your argumentation by trying to change the subject when you don’t like the subject, “Ooh! Ooh! Look over there, not here! Ooh! Ooh!”

Common Sense | August 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Where is the upset about the compulsive liar Crooked Hillary?
The woman is incapable of tell the truth about her home brew sever set up in her home.

She must have a mental disability because of her extremely poor judgement!

    Ragspierre in reply to Common Sense. | August 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Yes. We have two stinking, lying, pathological Collectivist thugs.

    I choose “none of the above”.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Common Sense. | August 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    When it comes to mental states, it’s a level playing field between the two candidates. That said, we could have beaten her by a landslide if we’d nominated somebody intelligent and in their right mind. But no, the stupid stumpjumpers, dumbasses and hillbillies chose this moron.

    #Believe me, Sad

    Ragspierre in reply to Petrushka. | August 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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    What you’ll notice, if you look under the hood, is that a LOT of the T-rumpBart story (and what Rush said today) is complete and utter bullshit.

    “This development is significant, as his website proved—as Breitbart News and others have reported—that he financially benefits from unfettered pay-to-play Muslim migration into America.”

    First, there’s NOTHING “unfettered” about the immigration modes in play here. They are lawful and regulated. They are designed to attract investment capital into the U.S., and are HIGHLY restrictive. LOOK IT UP.

    Second, there’s NOTHING suggesting that Khan’s firm caters to Muslims over anyone else.

    Third, T-rump’s New Jersey apartment development FEATURES the same services as part of its “art of the deal” if you buy into its over-priced property. They appear to appeal to Chinese investors, primarily.

    What all this does is simply expose a bunch of people as dedicated to protecting Der Donald’s fat ass, when all the poor, pathological man-child had to do was STFU. He simply cannot. Whatever is true about Mr. & Mrs. Khan, they could have done no harm to Donelle T-wamp if he’d just had the sense to let them go.

So he deleted his website for no reason at all?

    Ragspierre in reply to Petrushka. | August 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, I bet he had EVERY good reason for that! Lawyers can get in trouble (unlike Sec. Of State) for being negligent with their computer systems. Lawyers have been sued and sanctioned for failing to scrub a copier with memory when they sell one or even give it away.

    You don’t imagine he was getting threats and hacking attempts, doya…???

    I’ll bet the firm is as far off-line as a practicing attorney can be these days of electronic filing and stuff.

      Petrushka in reply to Ragspierre. | August 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      I’m sure it had nothing to do with his personal views on sharia, or his writings on the subject.

        Ragspierre in reply to Petrushka. | August 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm

        Yes. I bet you’re right, since they’ve only been in the public domain for decades.

        I also doubt they were incorporated into his firm website. You know differently?

buckeyeminuteman | August 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Dr. Phil must be at it again

Everybody is talking about Trump’s mental health — including Ann Coulter:

Welp, looks like the grown-ups are taking over for a while.

Operation Urgent Pivot is underway…!!!

Dakota Meyer


If @realDonaldTrump wants to be the Commander in Chief, he needs to act like one. And that cant start until he apologizes to the Khans.
4:46 PM – 2 Aug 2016

2,110 2,110 Retweets

Meyer is a Medal Of Honor hero.

So, OH, CHIT…!!! That’ll burn…!!!

The Khans are deep into sharia and will disappear from the Clinton campaign rhetoric. Or Trump will feature it in a debate. Let the people decide.

    Ragspierre in reply to Petrushka. | August 2, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    The Khans are nobody that T-rump every should have tangled with. Nobody but T-rump would have given them the time of day after the the night they spoke.

    It’s ALLLLLLLLLLlllll on Donelle T=wamp, adolescent girl.

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