Is Donald Trump Well?

The former President’s current circumstances appear to be getting to him.

Lauren Elizabeth

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The former President has a lot going on.

He’s in his late seventies, and facing four high profile criminal indictments. Oh, and then he also just so happens to be attempting to get reelected as President in the midst of all of it, with a team around him tasked with trying to get him to find the balance between exploiting his legal woes to his advantage, and not further incriminating himself.

As I’ve said in the past, it has always been reasonable to question whether or not an 80 year old Joe Biden is up to the task of running for reelection while serving as President, and it’s certainly fair to question whether his likely general election opponent is up for it as well. Particularly in recent days and weeks, I’ve begun to wonder even more about Donald Trump.

During a recent speech in Nevada when talking about Biden, Trump said:

“He can’t put two sentences together…They’re not doing well. They’re not being treated — and they are — they are right now at a level — I think we’re going to get — we’re at 28…”

…What?

I can’t be the only one who gets the sense that things are really beginning to catch up with Donald Trump. It feels as though with each passing day, the former President is getting more exhausted, frustrated, and paranoid, and I’m not sure it’s a coincidence that the flailing has seemed to intensify following the news that his former lawyer Jenna Ellis decided to plea guilty to charges related to her involvement in attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Maybe, just maybe, at least some people long considered to be in the corner of Donald Trump have come to the realization that they don’t stand to benefit from any of it. Maybe Trump’s sense of desperation is coming from the fact that his circle appears to only be getting smaller, and he’s still struggling to determine how best to respond to what lies ahead for him.

We can certainly ask questions about how fit Joe Biden is to be in office for another four years, but it doesn’t appear as though Donald Trump is the one who should have any business asking them. From the very beginning his campaign has felt like nothing more than a weird, giant revenge tour, rooted in this almost compulsive need to prove to himself that he is actually able to get elected again. While it’s difficult for me to be able to envision any scenario where Trump willingly stepped out of the race, it’s going to be fascinating to see how he responds as things only get increasingly difficult for him from this point forward.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx