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To some, Donald Trump is a rambling buffoon. To others, he is a voice of truth in a political quagmire of lies and deceit. But are his erratic mind, eccentric way of speaking and short attention span indicators of an underlying mental illness affecting the US president?

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Donald Trump ran an effective 2016 election campaign, defeating one of the most capable groups of Republicans that has ever run for in a presidential primary. Prior to this, he was a successful businessman and a reality TV star.

The Argument

Donald Trump could not have achieved- either in business, television, or politics- all that he has if he was mentally ill. The very fact that he won office is a demonstration of his stability and intelligence.[1]

Counter arguments

Donald Trump had a lot of help on the campaign trail. He was by no means central to his own success. He recruited capable individuals, including Steve Bannon, who knew how to play on the fears of the American public and secure the presidency for his boss. In this respect, there is absolutely no reason why Donald Trump could not both win an election, and be mentally ill. In the world of business and reality TV, mental illness can actually be an asset. His narcissism may have actually helped him become a strong reality TV personality. His outrageous lies would have made for good television, and his inability to stay on a single subject for too long would have made for a fast-paced show filled with twists and unexpected U-turns. In business, mental illness is prominent among entrepreneurs. An estimated 72% of entrepreneurs suffer from mental health issues. Therefore, his business success, reality TV stardom and ascent to the presidency do not constitute evidence that he is not mentally ill.[2]

Premises

[P1] Nobody with a mental illness could achieve what Donald Trump has. [P2] Therefore, Donald Trump is not mentally ill.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Trump did not achieve those things single-handedly. [Rejecting P1] A mentally ill individual could certainly become a successful TV star.

References

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42580762
  2. https://www.startupgrind.com/blog/genius-in-madness-72-of-entrepreneurs-affected-by-mental-health-conditions/

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This page was last edited on Monday, 1 Apr 2019 at 17:04 UTC