Physician and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean once again questioned President Donald Trump’s mental capacity in an interview with MSNBC on Sunday.
While commenting on the government shutdown, the former governor of Vermont called Trump “mentally incapacitated” and questioned his ability to behave rationally.
Dean said, “I actually think the president is mentally incapacitated and I have thought so for some time.” Dean added, “he says things that he knows aren’t true and somehow he thinks people are going to believe, and they just don’t.”
The physician added that Trump’s mental state put Democrats in a difficult situation. “You can’t really make a bargain with somebody who is irrational, because they won’t keep it.”
In light of the government shutdown, Dean lamented that “the Republicans and the Democrats in Congress have got to do the best they can to run this country in the absence of the chief executive.” Dean went on to add, “until the Republicans realize they have an obligation to the country, not just their party, that’s not going to happen.”
The government shutdown has continued into its ninth consecutive day, with little sign of an ending on the horizon.
Dean also alluded to fears held among Trump’s staff. “His own staff is terrified of what’s happening here,” he said, “this guy is a completely irrational person.”
Dean has questioned the president’s mental state before. Following the death of John McCain, he told MSNBC, “I’ve long believed the president is mentally ill”, Newsweek reported.
He elaborated, “I believe narcissism overcomes his ability to know, A, what’s good for the country, and B, what’s good for him.”
Dean’s comments came after Trump responded to the Arizona senator’s death by attacking him for opposing his policies. As a result, Trump did not receive an invite to McCain’s funeral.
Watch Dean’s interview on MSNBC below
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