Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A Death, A Drug, And Silence


The New York Times reported last Thursday

Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, who for a time was President Donald J. Trump’s personal physician and who had attested that Mr. Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” died on Friday. He was 73.

His death was announced on Thursday in a paid notice in The New York Times. The notice did not give a cause or say where he died.

Of course it didn't. In a seemingly unrelated matter

  

The jokes practically write themselves for "he watches every show, he's working- he got to work immediately." However, the prior phrase- "he stays up late at night"- probably is more significant. The President's habit of getting little sleep has been nearly as little explored as the reason for Dr. Bornstein's death.

The fondness of  a singularly lazy President for staying up much of the night should have piqued the media's curiosity. Instead, it was left to Noel Casler, who worked as a talent handler on the set of Celebrity Apprentice for six seasons, to explain in an interview early last year that Mr. Trump

snorts Adderall as his maintenance high. When he gets too wired, this is tempered with benzodiazepines. There’s also a robust use of cocaine and methamphetamine in the Trump orbit, and I’ll leave it at that….NYC is also full of folks with anecdotes of Trump’s drug use. They come up to me and share stories all the time. Look into the Dr. Bornstein stuff if you want to know more, and ask yourself why Trump sent [his bodyguard] Keith Schiller to strong-arm the doctor and steal his medical records, shortly after being elected POTUS.

Casler knowingly has disregarded the non-disclosure agreement he was required to sign for his position on the brazenly unrealistic reality show. He has repeated his claims in interviews, Twitter, and comedy shows without a denial from Trump or anyone in his camp. They are completely unrebutted.

This website explains

Adderall is a prescription drug combination of both Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine to work as a stimulant and change the levels of certain natural chemicals in the brain. It is most commonly used to treat attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and can help with focus, concentration, and control of certain behavioral problems.

Donald Trump's use or abuse of dangerous drugs remains a mostly unexplored issue, as does the death of Dr. Harold Bornstein. That may be no coincidence.

 

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