Observers increasingly note that Donald Trump’s reappearance in public is showcasing his apparent cognitive decline to a surprising level, reports noted historian and savvy political observer Heather Cox Richardson. (1)
Richardson cites several examples, the most well reported being Trump’s confusion of former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley with US Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). This was in reference to the January 6 insurrection.
“By the way, they never report the crowd on January 6th,” Trump told the audience. “You know, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, you know they, do you know they destroyed all of the information, all of the evidence, everything, deleted and destroyed all of it. All of it because of lots of things, like Nikki Haley is in charge of security. We offered her 10,000 people. Soldiers, National Guards, whatever they want. They turned it down.”
And that’s not all folks!
Speaking on Wednesday, Jan 17, before a New Hampshire audience, Trump promised to prevent his supporters from being “debank[ed]” — whatever that means.
Check out the unhinged quote:
“We’re…going to place strong protections to stop banks and regulators from trying to debank you from your—you know, your political beliefs, what they do. They want to debank you, and we’re going to debank—think of this. They want to take away your rights. They want to take away your country. The things they’re doing. All electric cars.”
Richardson shrewdly observes that Trump never fails to blurt out whatever is at the front of his tiny mind. Insight: Trump is worried by the fact that large banks will no longer lend to him, thanks to his on-oath exposure by his own auditor as basically a fraud, not to mention his New York legal woes.
The second, darker observation behind his statement, Richardson writes, is the right-wings’ new accusation that banks are discriminating against them on religious and political grounds. Now the banks are the hated liberals, apparently.
A driver might have been the March 2023 closure by JPMorgan Chase of an account opened by the National Committee for Religious Freedom. This after the organization did not provide information the bank needed to comply with regulatory requirements.
Chase is supposed to accept legal responsibility for an account holder’s failure to provide required info? I doubt that. Imagine if Hunter Biden were found to have skirted banking regulations. There would be a GOP feeding frenzy.
The darker explanation is under current is that the attempt to create distrust of large financial institutions is part of a larger attempt to destabilize the institutions of democracy, Richardson writes.
And nearly half of Americans would make him president? Again?