Monday, October 03, 2016

Trump, PTSD, Veterans, and "Strength"

At a Q and A with a group of Veterans in Herndon, VA today, Trump opined that those who develop PTSD are not "strong" and "can't handle it."

This is a fundamental misunderstanding of PTSD from Trump--among the group that he purports to care about most.

The diagnosis of PTSD has nothing to do with whether a person is "weak" or "strong," or whether they can "handle it."

It is a neurological illness that can beset people of great strength.

Even our strongest.

What this fundamentally demonstrates is that:

-Even when significantly reined in by his handlers;

-Following disaster after disaster;

-Once again, Trump simply does not know the basic facts about which he speaks.

Be it the Constitution, the Separation of Powers, the Nuclear Triad, or a very serious disorder--he simply does not know.

Yet, inevitably, without knowing, he speaks--and, as we know from the long biographical wreckage behind him, he then acts on this distorted and inaccurate information.

Even here, among his supposedly most prized target group, his essential biases shone through:

A world of the strong and the weak. Those who can handle and those who cannot.

And his essential view of those who suffer as weak--leaving a nation and a world of strong, valiant suffering completely beyond his awareness, knowledge, or comprehension.

With regard to PTSD and strength, nothing could be further from the truth.