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There's ample evidence that Donald Trump is not suited to be president of the United States. He's displayed behavior for years that mental health professionals attribute to narcissism, misogyny, and predatory behavior.

Linguists claim he's poorly educated and has a poor command of the English language, although he says he's gone to the finest schools. The interview below is with linguist John McWhorter, who tends toward the conservative side of the political spectrum.

Play John McWhorter photoColumbia University professor of linguistics John McWhorter evaluates Trump's way of speaking. He's interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams.

Photo: © Holly McWhorter

Trump encouraged his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol in an act of insurrection, and was twice impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. He was convicted of sexual assault, and the juries awarded the victim about 88 million dollars.

Recently, his statements show confusion with reality. Here are numerous examples. Click the arrows below to hear Trump's own words.

Confusion/Memory

At age 77, Trump displays confusion and forgetfulness that could be symptomatic of cognitive decline or diseases of the brain that typically show up later in life.

Play In early 2024, he confused Nikki Haley and Nancy Pelosi—two dramatically different women. He's referring to the January 6, 2021 Insurrection, trying to claim that Nancy Pelosi was responsible for security, but confusing her with Nikki Haley. Regardless of the confusion, Pelosi was not responsible for security.
Play Here he confuses Jeb Bush with his brother George W Bush. Jeb ran for president against Trump in 2015.
Play He confuses Barack Obama with Hillary Clinton. Clinton ran against him in 2015, but he's preoccupied with Obama.
Play He confuses the U.S. Revolutionary War with more modern times. He said airports existed in 1775. The first airports were established in the early 1900s—over 125 years later.
Play He thinks veterans don't have cellphones. It's difficult to know what he was confused about.
Play He says the next war will be World War Two, which happened 80 years ago.
Play Says he tested very positively for COVID, meaning negative. Huh?
Play He struggles with the word “climate”.
Play He can't remember the name of Apple's CEO. It's Tim Cook. Trump calls him Tim Apple.
Play He says we're building a wall in Colorado. Uh, no, we're not.
Play Did Trump forget the name of the White House after saying it seconds earlier. Here, Cenk Uygur comments afterward.
Play Has trouble saying “tolerated”
Play He struggles with the word “institution”
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Ignorance

“I went to an Ivy League college...I'm an intelligent person” Trump said in October 2017.

Play Talks about how he went to an Ivy League college, how he was a good student, and is an intelligent person.
Play He's said that ID is needed to buy groceries many times over the years. In this audio clip, he first says that voter ID is needed to buy a loaf of bread, but then changes it to ID. Clearly, he's never shopped for groceries. He's not experienced something most Americans have.
Play He thinks windmill noise causes cancer. He's referring to the wind turbines that generate electricity. These turbines are extremely quiet. If you're standing next to one, you may hear a gentle whooshing sound as the blades pass close to you, but no loud sounds like Trump makes.
Play He thinks there's a North and South Nebraska.
Play He thinks the wind causes whales to wash up on shore. Whales are not affected by the wind.
Play He thinks COVID can be cured by injecting disinfectants into the body. His Surgeon General was embarrassed.
Play He thinks stealth aircraft are invisible visually (optically). He doesn't understand they are invisible to radar but can still be seen visually. He's likely confused by the plot of a Hollywood movie or the invisible plane Wonder Woman used in comic books.
Play He's never heard of a category 5 hurricane even though several occurred while he was president.
Play He says he met with the president of the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Virgin Islands are a U.S. possession, so the president is him. The British Virgin Islands have a Premier whom he might have met. But the chances of him knowing that there are two Virgin Islands are low.
Play He pushes the myth of clean coal. He says, “They take out coal and clean it.”
Play He thought that COVID would go away without vaccines. His delay in taking action caused the death of some percentage of the roughly one million Americans who died of COVID.
Play Trump claims Finland's president says Finlanders rake their forest floors to prevent forest fires. Finland's president doesn't know what Trump is talking about. Meanwhile, Finns are ridiculing Trump on social media.
Play He struggles with the word “Yosemite”.
Play While being interviewed by Axios’ Jonathan Swan, he doesn't understand the concept of “per-capita” statistics.
Trump created a stir in the scientific community when he tweeted that the Moon was “part of Mars.”
Play He thinks he discovered that the health care system is complicated, and nobody knew it before his discovery.
In June 2019, Trump tweeted that he had met with the Prince of Whales. He was referring to Charles III, who is now king, but in 2019, was the Prince of Wales. Sure, this is a spelling error, but what's the likelihood of him not knowing what “Wales” is, given his ignorance of so many other things?

Misogyny

Trump is well-known for his insults towards women. Beauty contestant, crowned Miss Universe, Alicia Machado endured Trump referring to her as Miss Piggy and Miss Housekeeping. He called Rosie O'Donnell a fat pig, an animal, and a degenerate. He made remarks about Carly Fiorina's physical appearance. He's ranked women by number.

Play This audio clip is extracted from the Access Hollywood recording, where Trump says he can “grab them by the pussy” and “They'll let you do anything when you're a star.”
Play He insults Meghan Kelly because he didn't like her question about his mistreatment of women during the debates.

Creepy

There are numerous photos of Trump and his young daughter Ivanka that seem a little too intimate. Coupled with the Trump Access Hollywood tape, his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and his comments below, what parent would allow their children near Trump?

Play Trump makes incestuous remark about his daughter.
Play In a 1992 video, Trump, who was 46 at the time, can be heard talking to a little girl, asking her if she’s going to go up an escalator. After she says she is, Trump turns to the camera and says, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

Massive Ego

Play He says China respects “Trump's very, very, large brain”
Play He says he's a very stable genius.
Play He knows more than the generals.
Play Trump claims that nobody is better than him at most things. This audio is from Vice News.

Water

Trump has some hangup about water.

Play Islands are surrounded by big water. What in hell is big water?
Play “Water pouring down from the north?” What water? Where in the north?
Play “Wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water.” Huh?
Play No water from faucets and showers? He has this water thing.
Play He thinks water destroys magnets. There's that water again.

Authoritarian tendencies

Play Says he'll encourage Russia to attack countries who don't pay their NATO bill.
Play During a debate, Trump told the Proud Boys to stand by. Standby for what? Apparently, for the January 6 Insurrection.
Play He says John McCain is a war hero only because he was captured. That's rich coming from someone who doesn't understand selfless service to the nation.
In 2018, while visiting France, Trump refused to visit a cemetery to honor American war dead, saying, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” He later said that the soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Belleau Wood were “suckers” for getting killed. There's no audio, but here's the story.
This is consistent with his public statement about John McCain not being a hero because he was captured.
Play Trump wants everyone to speak English. Jeb Bush responds.
Play Democracies rely on a healthy news media to keep politicians honest. Trump doesn't want that, so he goes to war with them. Here's Trump trying to keep reporters from doing their job. This audio is from Brut America.

Lies and corruption

Play He lies about John McCain's funeral. His approval was not needed.
Play He's claimed many times that he was named Man of the Year in Michigan. He wasn't.
Play Trump says, “They're going to change the name of Pennsylvania.”
Play Trump wants G7 countries to pay him (personally) to attend G7 meetings. Here's Rachel Maddow to explain.

Summary

Many people struggle with mental health issues and are capable of living fulfilled lives. One of the hallmarks of Trump is his seeming denial as well as an inability to self reflect and correct. It's unfortunate that million of Americans look up to someone with these issues.

Trump is a poor candidate for leading and determining the circumstances of others.

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