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Trump’s Alleged Adderall Addiction: The Truth About His Attacks On Biden

Allegations of Trump’s Adderall abuse surface as he distracts from his cognitive decline by accusing President Biden of using drugs before their widely anticipated presidential debate.

Donald Trump at Detroit rally Turning Point USA
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Former President Donald Trump and his supporters have launched unfounded attacks on President Joe Biden, claiming he uses performance-enhancing drugs to mask cognitive decline. This baseless accusation, however, appears to be a classic case of projection, as Trump himself has exhibited concerning signs of mental deterioration and potential substance abuse issues. The irony of these allegations is not lost on political observers, who note that Trump’s own erratic behavior and slurred speech have raised questions about his cognitive state.

By focusing attention on Biden’s mental acuity, Trump seeks to distract from his own vulnerabilities in this area. This tactic aligns with Trump’s long-standing strategy of accusing opponents of his own perceived weaknesses, a pattern that has become increasingly transparent to many voters.

Leading the charge in these unfounded allegations is Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician turned Republican congressman from Texas. Jackson’s credibility, however, is severely undermined by his own checkered past, including a history of drinking on the job and recklessly overprescribing controlled substances like fentanyl and Adderall during his tenure as White House doctor.

Despite his loss of credibility, Jackson continues to make unfounded assertions, recently claiming on Donald Trump Jr.’s podcast that Biden’s team is scrambling to find the “right mix of stuff” to boost the President’s alertness for upcoming debates. He speculated about the potential use of stimulants like Adderall or Provigil, seemingly projecting his own controversial medical practices onto the current administration.

However, these allegations ring hollow when juxtaposed against the mounting evidence suggesting Trump’s own cognitive decline and potential substance abuse issues. Numerous accounts from former staffers, entertainment industry insiders, and medical professionals paint a disturbing picture of a man whose mental faculties appear to be rapidly deteriorating, potentially exacerbated by the use of stimulants and sedatives.

Adderall Abuse: Donald Trump’s Alleged Drug of Choice

Let’s examine the evidence, shall we? For years, a persistent cloud of rumors and allegations regarding Trump’s drug use has swirled around him, growing more persistent and troubling over time.

At the epicenter of these claims is Noel Casler, a former staffer on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Casler, who worked closely with Trump during his reality TV days, has been unrelenting in his assertions about the former president’s substance abuse. Casler has repeatedly described Trump as a “speed freak,” painting a disturbing picture of a man desperately dependent on stimulants to function in the public eye.

According to Casler, Trump’s drug of choice is Adderall, a prescription stimulant commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But Trump’s alleged use was far from medicinal. Casler claims to have witnessed Trump crushing and snorting the medication, a method of ingestion that intensifies the drug’s effects significantly and increases its potential for abuse and addiction. “I used to see him coming out of the dressing room with Adderall coming out of his nose,” Casler stated bluntly.

The reason for this alleged abuse? Casler suggests it was tied to Trump’s cognitive limitations, particularly his reported difficulty with reading. “He got really nervous when he had to read cue cards on set,” Casler explained. This allegation aligns with observations from others who have worked with Trump, including two Saturday Night Live cast members who independently reported Trump’s apparent difficulty with reading during table reads for the show.

Additionally, Tom Arnold, an actor and comedian who has had his own brushes with Trump in the entertainment world, has stepped forward to corroborate these claims.

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Ronny Jackson: The ‘Candyman’ Doctor

The accusations against President Biden take on a new dimension of irony when considering their primary source: Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician now serving as a congressman. While Jackson leads the charge with unfounded claims about Biden’s alleged drug use, his own past raises serious questions. 

During his tenure as White House doctor, Jackson reportedly earned the nickname “Candyman” for his liberal distribution of controlled substances. This history of questionable practices starkly contrasts with his current unfounded claims against President Biden, highlighting his hypocrisy.

White House drug log
Drug log of what was prescribed in the White House under Trump in only 6 months, including Ketamine, Ambien, Fentanyl, Morphine, and Provigil.

Jackson’s credibility has taken several hits due to his history of reckless prescribing practices. During the Trump presidency, the White House Medical Unit under Jackson was described as “like the Wild West” and the White House was “Awash in Speed and Xanax.” Staffers had easy access to stimulants and sedatives, including thousands of doses of modafinil, a drug used to keep military pilots alert during long missions, and Xanax, a very strong anti-anxiety medication.

white house drug log

“In our analysis of the White House Medical Unit’s controlled substance records, we found that medications, such as opioids and sleep medications, were not properly accounted for. These records frequently contained errors in the medication counts, illegible text, or crossed-out text that was not appropriately annotated.” —Department of Defense Inspector General report 

Former President Confused: Believed He’s Still in Office

Another example of Trump’s cognitive decline comes from recent interviews conducted by entertainment journalist Ramin Setoodeh for his book “Apprentice in Wonderland.” Setoodeh’s interactions with Trump paint a picture of a man struggling with short-term memory and often seeming confused about current events. In one particularly alarming instance, Trump appeared to believe he was still president, discussing he needed to go deal with “the whole thing with the Afghanistan” as if he were still in office.

Setoodeh’s observations are troubling, to say the least. “Trump was certainly much sharper when he was in his 60s hosting ‘The Apprentice,’ and he did struggle with short-term memory,” the author noted. Even more concerning, Trump was unable to recall their previous interview, despite having given a lengthy interview just months earlier. This level of forgetfulness goes beyond normal aging and hints at a more serious cognitive decline.

“Donald Trump had severe memory issues. As the journalist who spent the most time with him, I have to say, he couldn’t remember things. He couldn’t even remember me.” —Setoodeh on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

The evidence from various sources—from Casler’s allegations of Adderall abuse to Setoodeh’s observations of memory loss—paint a picture that is alarmingly consistent with the effects of long-term stimulant use combined with anti-anxiety medications like Xanax. This cocktail of drugs, when taken by an older individual, can produce symptoms remarkably similar to Trump’s public behavior: mood swings, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, and erratic speech patterns.

Expert Analysis Exposes Trump’s Cognitive Decline

Concerns about Donald Trump’s cognitive decline are not mere speculation but grounded in observable changes in his speech patterns and behavior over time. Neurolinguistics and cognitive assessment experts have noted a significant deterioration, potentially indicating changes in Trump’s brain health. John Gartner, a former psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, conducted an in-depth analysis of Trump’s cognitive decline, uncovering disturbing similarities between Trump’s speech and behavior and common symptoms of dementia. 

  1. Disordered Speech: Trump exhibits signs of “semantic aphasia,” which is using real words in ways that don’t correspond to their meanings. For instance, he once referred to the “oranges of the investigation” when presumably trying to say “origins.” In a recent rally, he stated, “We’re going to protect pro-God…,” he abruptly paused, appearing disoriented and gazing upward. When he resumed speaking, his attempt to complete the thought resulted in a nonsensical conclusion: “…context and content.”
  2. Phonemic Aphasia: Trump’s speech is riddled with examples of what experts call “phonemic aphasia,” where he uses non-words in place of real words, often including fragments of the actual word. Examples include “President U-licious S Grant” (for Ulysses S. Grant), “space-capsicle” (for space capsule), and “combat infantroopen” (for combat infantry). These are not mere slips of the tongue but consistent patterns indicative of cognitive impairment.
  3. Infant-Like Sounds: Perhaps most alarming are the instances where Trump loses verbal language entirely, resorting to infant-like sounds or complete silence. At recent events, he has been observed uttering nonsensical phrases and sounds, such as “Gang boong. This is me. I hear bing,” before trailing off into silence. Even more troubling was an incident where Trump attempted to discuss Saudi Arabia and Russia, managing only to say, “Saudi Arabia and Russia will re-ve-du. Ohhh…” before his face went blank. He then sighed and paused, staring silently at the ceiling.
  4. Motor Skills: Trump’s motor skills have also come under scrutiny. Dementia expert Elisabeth Zoffmann has noted Trump’s “wide-based gait,” a common characteristic among patients with dementia. Video evidence shows him swinging his right leg in a semi-circle, as if dragging a dead weight. His fine motor coordination has also deteriorated, with Trump often struggling to drink water without using both hands.

The irony of Trump’s accusations against Biden is not lost on medical professionals. Dr. Lance Dodes of Harvard Medical School stated, “The evidence for dementia in Donald Trump has become overwhelming. Unlike normal aging, which is characterized by forgetting names or words, Trump repeatedly shows something very different: confusion about reality.”

In the 1980s, Trump was known for his articulate speech, peppering his statements with sophisticated vocabulary and well-constructed sentences. Fast-forward to recent years, and we see a man struggling to complete coherent thoughts, relying heavily on simplistic language, repetitive phrases, and long-winded incoherent stories about getting eaten alive by sharks. 

Trump’s Projection Playbook: The Goebbels Strategy

Donald Trump’s claims that President Biden is using drugs to disguise cognitive decline are a perfect example of projection, a tactic where one accuses others of their own flaws. Trump’s record of using this psychological and political tool is well-established, from his baseless allegations of election interference to branding opponents “corrupt” even as he faces multiple indictments and is now a convicted felon. This tactic closely mirrors the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels’ infamous strategy: “Accuse the other of that you are guilty.”

Trump’s projection extends far beyond the realm of cognitive health. Throughout his presidency and beyond, he has consistently accused others of behaviors and actions that mirror his own conduct.

  1. Election Interference: While Donald Trump relentlessly cries foul about election fraud, he’s the one who attempted to subvert democracy. His baseless claims of a “rigged” 2020 election stand in stark contrast to his own documented efforts to overturn and manipulate the results. From pressuring state officials to “find” votes in Georgia to orchestrating fake elector schemes in battleground states like Arizona, Trump’s actions paint a troubling picture of election interference. This pattern extends back to his 2016 campaign, where allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign persist despite his vehement denials.
  2. Corruption: Donald Trump’s persistent labeling of the Biden family as “corrupt” and a “crime family” is extremely ironic when you look at his own corruption. While Trump hurls accusations, his presidency was marked by unprecedented conflicts of interest, including foreign governments funneling money into his properties. The hypocrisy deepens with the revelation that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, secured a staggering $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia shortly after leaving his White House role, despite being laughably unqualified to handle such a massive sum of money.
  3. Hoaxes and Misinformation: Despite being a prolific spreader of falsehoods and conspiracy theories—including the infamous birther conspiracy against former President Obama—Trump often accuses the media and his political opponents of spreading “fake news” and hoaxes. 
  4. Abuse of Power: Donald Trump’s characterization of President Biden as a “monstrous abuser of power” is laughable. Trump’s tenure was marked by flagrant misuses of power, most notably his attempt to extort Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by withholding crucial military aid unless he fabricated dirt on Joe Biden, which resulted in his first impeachment. Similarly, Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey in a transparent effort to derail the Russia investigation showcases his disregard for the rule of law. Other instances of his abuse of power include pressuring the Justice Department to declare the 2020 election “corrupt,” pardoning criminal political allies, and using federal forces against peaceful protesters for a photo opportunity.
  5. Incompetence: Donald Trump calling Biden “grossly incompetent” and “the worst president of all time” ring hollow when juxtaposed against his own disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump’s decision to place his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a nepotism hire with no public health experience, in charge of the pandemic response epitomizes his administration’s ineptitude. This move led to a chaotic, politicized approach that prioritized optics over science, resulting in unnecessary loss of life, inflation, and economic disaster. Trump’s downplaying of the virus, promotion of unproven treatments such as injecting bleach, and undermining of public health experts further exacerbated the crisis.
  6. Threat to Democracy: Perhaps one of the most alarming projections is Trump’s claim that Biden is “the greatest threat to democracy.” This accusation comes from a man who has repeatedly attacked democratic institutions, attempted to overturn a free and fair election, and incited a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in the deaths of multiple Capitol Police officers.

Fox News and Newsmax: Trump Propaganda Machines

Donald Trump’s constant use of projection serves as a multi-faceted political strategy, skillfully manipulating public perception and shielding him from scrutiny. By accusing others of his own misdeeds, he creates a smokescreen that obscures his actions and confuses the narrative. This tactic not only deflects attention from his own shortcomings, but also preemptively weakens potential criticisms against him. 

Trump’s accusations often serve as a form of inoculation, making subsequent revelations about his own bad and often criminal behavior seem like retaliation. His base, primed to distrust traditional media and Trump’s political opponents, readily accepts these accusations without subjecting Trump’s own conduct to similar scrutiny. 

This tactic is further amplified through his symbiotic relationship with right-wing media outlets like Fox News and Newsmax, where personalities such as Sean Hannity—a known Trump confidant—constantly parrot talking points spoon-fed to them by Trump and his campaign. These networks act as echo chambers, reinforcing Trump’s accusations and inoculating his base against negative revelations about his conduct. 

The proliferation of these baseless accusations underscores a troubling trend in modern politics: the weaponization of misinformation to manipulate public opinion. As we approach a critical election, it’s imperative for voters and media outlets to develop a heightened awareness of these tactics. Only by seeing through this smokescreen can we hope to get back to the days when we engaged in honest, fact-based political discourse.