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The media’s silent killer: Trump Hypertensive Unexplained Disorder

Written By | Sep 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2017 — There’s little doubt Donald Trump’s war with the press put him in good stead with a majority of Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign. And since inauguration day, President Trump has continued his war of words with the media in a simple and unfiltered way on Twitter.

President Donald Trump tweeting.

No president has waged so successfully a conflict against the nation’s information monopolies as Donald J. Trump. And that success is starting to affect members of the media in interesting ways:

“President Trump is killing me,” asserts the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank. “I went for my annual physical last month, and, for the first time in my 49 years, I had to report that I’ve not been feeling well: fatigue, headaches, poor sleep, even some occasional chest pain. My doctor checked my blood pressure, which had always been normal before: alarmingly high!”

Milbank did not need his doctor’s diagnosis to know what ailed him,




“I was suffering from Trump Hypertensive Unexplained Disorder, or THUD.”

Trump, meanwhile, appears to be the very picture of health.

Sharon Begley, a writer at the online science journal STAT, began to worry when her editor asked her to “investigate the claim that Trump might have a mental illness… that I look into chatter that Trump’s speaking style is dramatically different today than it was decades ago.”

After consulting “10 experts,” Begley was forced to admit “that Trump can’t be classified as having a mental disorder, primarily because there’s no evidence that his distinctive behavioral compulsions cause him any distress or impairment.”

In other words, Trump’s easy expressions of giddy happiness and explosive anger appear to have enhanced his physical and mental wellbeing.

Dr. Chris Aiken, MD, writes on the EverydayHealth website,

“Repressed anger – where you express it indirectly or go to great lengths to control it, is associated with heart disease… Constructive anger – the kind where you speak up directly to the person you are angry with and deal with the frustration in a problem-solving manner – is not associated with heart disease.”

Mr. Milbank’s dramatic decline in health is no doubt exacerbated by the repressed anger hidden under his halfhearted attempts at unbiased analysis of Trump administration policies.

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch.

Milbank’s counterpart at Gentleman’s Quarterly, Keith Olbermann, may appear mentally unhinged while delivering his bombastic, Orwellian, anti-Trump two-minute hates, but there is little doubt Olbermann has a healthy heart and probably below normal blood pressure.

GQ’s Keith Olbermann.

Olbermann’s primal screams clearly serve a purpose as explained by primal therapy creator Arthur Janov:



“Each time a child is not held when he needs to be, each time he is shushed, ridiculed, ignored, or pushed beyond his limits, more weight will be added to his pool of hurts. This pool I call the Primal Pool. Each addition to his pool makes the child more unreal and neurotic… What I heard may change the nature of psychotherapy as it is now known – and eerie scream welling up from the depths of a young man lying on the floor during a therapy session.”

If Mr. Trump has begun assembling a re-election staff, they should consider using Dana Milbank’s self-effacing medical opinion as a highlight among the administration’s chief accomplishments during its first four years.

And where our ailing media is concerned, that should go down with a THUD.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.