Brooke Baldwin voiced the question that millions of Americans are asking.
A new report revealing multiple episodes of Donald Trump engaging in revisionist history and denial of reality prompted CNN’s Brooke Baldwin to pointedly ask: “Is there something seriously wrong about him?”
Baldwin hosted a panel to discuss a New York Times article detailing Trump’s recent behavior, including professing his belief in absurd conspiracy theories during conversations with several people.
She noted that Trump has been denying that his voice was captured on the infamous Access Hollywood tape when he bragged about groping women, even though he has already acknowledged that it was him on the recording.
Baldwin also explained that Trump has been falsely claiming that he lost the popular vote due to voter fraud, and is still promoting the racist birther conspiracy about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
BALDWIN: The president, you know, this is all behind closed doors. Reportedly is now saying even though he publicly acknowledged the Access Hollywood tape was his voice, he’s now denying that behind closed doors.
He’s still claiming that he lost the popular vote because of all this widespread voter fraud, which – not true.
And third, he is still questioning the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate.
I mean Dana, I can’t believe I’m asking this but is there something seriously wrong about him?
For years, Trump has been a promoter and believer in conspiracy theories. In his role as a political pundit and reality TV star, Trump generated headlines about a litany of easily disproved crackpot ideas, from conspiracies about the JFK assassination to the claim that he personally witnessed “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks.
He parlayed that hucksterism into a position with the right-wing propagandists at Fox News, which gave him a platform to eventually run for president.
The continued promotion of these conspiracies, coupled with his delusional assertions about the Access Hollywood tape, have created an atmosphere of chaos in the White House.
It has prompted serious congressional discussion about how easy it is for a president to launch a nuclear attack. Should he choose to, Trump could authorize and execute a devastating launch that could kill thousands, simply on his word (or tweet).
The power to engage in this enormous loss of life now resides in the hands of a man who strongly believes in things that are objectively and demonstrably false. And the world is less safe as a result.