Friday, December 14, 2018

Unverified And Unrefuted Allegation

Maybe he's just exaggerating for the yucks.

Not Tony Schwartz, who is deadly serious, earnest, and clearly feeling the guilt everyone who had anything to do with the rise of businessman/entrepreneur Donald J. Trump should have, but doesn't.  In January, Schwartz wrote for The Guardian

Looking back, I also hear the plaintive wail of a desperate child who believes he is alone in the world with no one to care for him. “I alone can do it” is Trump’s survival response to: “I must do it all alone.”

There are two Trumps. The one he presents to the world is all bluster, bullying and certainty. The other, which I have long felt haunts his inner world, is the frightened child of a relentlessly critical and bullying father and a distant and disengaged mother who couldn’t or wouldn’t protect him

“That’s why I’m so screwed up, because I had a father who pushed me so hard,” Trump acknowledged in 2007, in a brief and rare moment of self-awareness.

I doubt the significance of this psychological profile, though Trump obviously is a phony, mostly bluff and bluster. However, it is probably not the motivating factor in his behavior.

By contrast, information which may very well be out-of-date and (far less likely) completely false is exceedingly pertinent. Perhaps he was simply exaggerating for the benefit of his stand-up routine but Neil Casler, a former staff on The Apprentice, claimed on December 1

I'll tell you one more thing I don't usually tell- I'll tell you two things since you're being so nice to me.

He's a speed freak. He crushes up his Adderall and he sniffs it because he can't read and he gets really nervous when he has to read cue cards. I'm not kidding. This is true. I had a 24-page NDA, a non-disclosure agreement. I didn't know that he was going to become the President. Now, no way, dumbass, I'm telling everything I know.

So he gets nervous and he crushes up these pills. That's why he sniffs when you see him in debates and when you see him reading, that's why he's tweeting- you know, it's like he's out of his mind. 

It makes sense if you think about it. Methamphetamine was invented by the Nazis to keep fighter pilots awake all night on bombing runs. Right?  It makes sense that Trump would use it to hate-tweet in his self-centered ways at four a.m. on the toilet.

Questions for Mr. Casler abound about Trump's alleged use of the drug. At what times and during what period did Trump use? How did he react to sniffing it and how did he behave otherwise? Were other individuals aware of the habit? Did the star try to hide its use? Were non-disclosure agreements the only reason no one else has spoken out about this? Had Casler spoken to anyone else about this- or did he hear anything further about it since he worked on The Apprentice? Does Casler believe Mr. Trump still uses the drug- why or why not?

The accusation should not simply lay out in public, unconfirmed, even unexamined. Most likely, Mr. Casler either is lying- or we have a President who was once (possibly still) a drug addict. As with Donald Trump's lies to the public about his financial involvement with Russians, it is conceivable that the President is being blackmailed. If this story is ignored by the mainstream media, it is a colossal case of journalistic malpractice.

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