The mainstream media establishment seems to have about a half a dozen anti-Trump narratives that journalists cycle through every few weeks, one of which involves questioning President Donald Trump’s physical and mental health.
CNN personality S.E. Cupp returned to that well-worn narrative on Monday when she put on her amateur psychologist hat and diagnosed the president as unwell based on his Twitter activity over the holiday weekend, Breitbart reported.
President Trump did spend quite a bit of time on the social media platform in recent days, tweeting and retweeting messages on a wide variety of topics, but neither the volume of activity nor the subject matter addressed were all that different from nearly every other weekend since he took office.
Cupp: Trump “not well”
Yet, in a discussion with CNN colleague Brianna Keilar, Cupp decried the president’s tweets as evidence that he is “losing it” and “not healthy and not well” — to the detriment of the rest of the nation, if not the world, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we’re seeing is the president losing it. I don’t think the president’s behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can’t focus all of his energy, efforts, and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country is very alarming.
“Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC,” she continued, ignoring the hypocrisy of how she, herself, cheered on jokes about President Trump’s looks and weight less than a week prior.
The CNN host further opined:
This is not how a healthy, controlled person would behave at all, let alone during a pandemic, and on a weekend meant to honor the memories of our fallen soldiers. I think it’s time for us to just call this what it is. The president is not well.
Keilar spent a moment discussing the importance of Memorial Day and clearly insinuated that President Trump had not spared a single thought for the brave members of the military who’ve laid down their lives in service to the country — which means she didn’t do her homework for the segment, as quite a few of the president’s tweets over the weekend were about exactly that, remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for others.
Nevertheless, Cupp said of the president’s tweeting, “I say this is beyond offensive, because of course it’s offensive, it’s grotesque. It’s not healthy behavior to do that,” adding:
It’s not helping him. It’s not helping his own cause politically. I saw some members of his own party in Congress tweeting at him ‘Please stop doing this. This is not helpful. This is not productive.’
Cupp continued, “So there’s no good reason why he’s acting this way, which leads me to believe, I think what anyone can plainly see is obvious, that he’s not healthy and not well and at the worst possible time for our country to have someone in charge who cannot master basic control and discipline to focus on this incredibly serious task at hand.”
Time to get over it
Look, we get it. Trump’s social media habits are not establishment-approved behavior for a president, and even some of his supporters grimace at his online commentary from time to time. But this has been the case since he first came down the escalator in 2015, and nothing, least of all a bunch of hypocritical pearl-clutching from his haters, is going to change that anytime soon.
If Trump’s tweets haven’t done him in by now, it’s just not going to happen.