Politics aside, if I told anyone I knew of a person who buys into ridiculous conspiracies without any proof, frequently goes on unhinged rants claiming things that are real are actually fake, and seems to live in a reality that only exists in their own mind, most people would agree that the individual to whom I was referring might be suffering from some sort of mental health issues.
Well, that’s who Donald J. Trump is.
From the “thousands” of Muslims he says he saw celebrating 9/11 when there’s not a shred of evidence to prove this happened, to the “millions of illegal votes” he claimed helped Hillary Clinton win the popular vote during the 2016 election, and even his continued paranoid insistence that Barack Obama was spying on him — these are not the actions of a mentally sound individual. Sure, it’s easy to dismiss these conspiracies as nothing more than the dishonest ramblings of an immoral con man, but if you ask me, this is different. Especially when you consider how often Trump simply doesn’t seem to grasp basic reality.
For example, during an event where he appeared alongside the prime minister of Australia, Trump literally said that Australia has better health care than we do. That’s a mind-boggling assertion considering Australia has a single-payer, universal health care system that Trump and his party staunchly oppose. This baffling statement was especially ironic considering he made it on the very same day where he and most of his Republican colleagues were celebrating the pointless passage of Trumpcare 3.0, a health care bill that’s almost the complete opposite of the universal health care system Australia has that Trump said is better than ours.
It made absolutely no sense.
On Friday morning Trump’s spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, claimed he was just “complimenting” the prime minister when he made that comment, which is somewhat believable based on Trump’s penchant for that kind of rhetoric. However, that flimsy excuse still wouldn’t negate the fact that, at least at the time he made that comment, he had absolutely no idea what type of health care system Australia has.
Mild controversy over, right?
Less than two hours after Sanders made her statement, Trump sent out this tweet:
Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do –everybody does. ObamaCare is dead! But our healthcare will soon be great.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2017
Not only did he, once again, admit that Australia’s universal health care system is better than ours — he said “everybody” has a better health care system than we do. Seeing as most of the major countries on Earth have universal health care, this was Trump, for the second day in a row, publicly admitting that single-payer, government-funded health care is better than the for-profit system under which the United States currently operates.
For reference, here’s a list of a few countries that have universal health care:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
And that’s not even all of them.
I’m not even sure how to mentally process this. We have a “Commander-in-Chief” who supports a for-profit health care bill that’s going to strip away health care from millions of people, while gutting Medicaid, who, on back-to-back days, praised a country with universal health care for having “better health care than we do.” Not only that, but he took things a step further Friday by not only saying Australia’s health care is better, he said “everybody” has better health care — when most countries that would be included in that “everybody” have universal health care.
This is why I truly believe that Trump could be suffering from some form of mental illness. It’s not simply that he’s one of the most dishonest people I’ve ever witnessed, it’s that he doesn’t really seem to grasp actual reality. I’m not sure if he even understands that his comments on Thursday, and subsequent doubling down on them Friday, are a complete contradiction to every single thing his party stands for as it relates to health care.
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