This anti-Trump protester uses the same mental gymnastics that a person with moderate dementia uses to deflect questions. Coincidence? I think not.
This young woman bearded an anti-Trump protester in his natural habitat (making a ruckus at the beautiful, pink Texas State Capitol building in Austin) and asked him to provide some evidence showing that Trump did, in fact, collude with the Russians. What the anti-Trump protester gave her instead is an endless stream of misdirection, confusion, obsession, and defensiveness.
I once spoke to a neurologist about his work with the elderly. As part of his regular examination, he would ask them such questions as “What day is it today?” or “Can you name the president for me?” What fascinated me was the fact that people in mid-stage dementia, whose minds were going but not completely gone, would not concede that they did not know the answer. Instead, he got misdirection, confusion, obsession, and defensiveness:
“Young man, I can’t believe that you don’t know what day it is.”
“Of course I know what day it is. I just don’t believe in wasting my time answering foolish questions.”
“The president? The president is that awful man. You know, the one who was involved in that scandal.”
“When I was your age, I knew who the president was. I didn’t need to go around asking people.”
“That’s a stupid question. I’m not going to answer.”
Tell me this: Is there any difference between this anti-Trump protester (or any anti-Trump protester) who, despite a year of nothing, is still trying to make the case that Trump and Co. colluded with the Russians and the average person gradually losing his mind to dementia? To my mind, the only real difference is that, while I truly pity those afflicted with dementia, I have nothing but disdain for the rabid, obsessed, irreparably stupid anti-Trump protester.