The hashtag #XanaxTrump is taking over Twitter and although it is definitely entertaining, it may also be based more on fact than fiction.
During a speaking appearance in Florida on Thursday, Donald Trump appeared unusually subdued. In fact, the Republican nominee sounded more like the sleepy former neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, than the bombastic bully we have come to abhor.
The hashtag was begun by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell when he posted on Twitter that “
#XanaxTrump is back at the microphone this morning.”
But this may not be just a joke. Trump could very well have either been on downers on Thursday or simply not on the speeders that usually have him flying high…or both.
In 1992, Spy Magazine published an article exposing the shady practices of Dr. Joseph Greenberg and his amphetamine pill mill. Any guess who was one of his most loyal patients?
Have you ever wondered why Donald Trump has acted so erratically at times, full of manic energy, paranoid, garrulous? Well, he was a patient of Dr. Greenberg’s from 1982 to 1985…Dr. Greenberg diagnosed both of the Trump brothers as suffering from a ‘metabolic imbalance.’
Greenberg treated Trump’s nonexistent disease with a hefty prescription of Tenuate Dospan, which is a diet pill known for such side effects as fear or nervousness, false or unusual sense of well-being, severe mental changes, and seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there.
Spy Magazine also included photocopies of Trump’s medical records. Coincidentally, HIPAA laws got much stricter not long after the article was published.
This wasn’t the only mention of Trump’s love for diet pills, aka speed. In the controversial 1993 biography, Lost Tycoon, author Harry Hurt credited amphetamines prescribed by Greenberg for “Donald’s mood swings” and “his fits of distemper.”
On April 19th, 1982, during the period between his license hearing before the Casino Control Commission and the groundbreaking on the Trump Plaza site in Atlantic City, Donald paid a visit to the midtown Manhattan office of Dr. Joseph Greenberg. According to the doctor’s records, Donald had been recommended by his friend Charles Goldstein, an attorney involved in the Penn Central deals. The ostensible purpose of Donald’s visit was to seek assistance in losing weight. He had gone to the right place. Dr. Greenberg was an endocrinologist who specialized in providing patients with drugs to control obesity…
Donald was so delighted with the results that he started recommending Dr. Greenberg’s treatments to his brother Robert, various friends, and celebrity acquaintances such as Diana Ross. The diet drugs, which he took in pill form, not only curbed his appetite but gave him a feeling of euphoria and unlimited energy. The medical literature warned that some potentially dangerous side effects could result from long-term usage; they included anxiety, insomnia, and delusions of grandeur. According to several Trump Organization insiders, Donald exhibited all these ominous symptoms of diet drug usage, and then some.
’The first thing I would do when I got to the office in the morning,” recalled one former vice-president, “was to go see Norma Foerderer and ask her, ‘Is this a Dr. Greenberg day?’ If she said yes, I would do everything I could to stay out of Donald’s way.’”
When you watch Trump speak to a crowd, and pay attention to his mannerisms and speech patterns, he certainly fits the bill for what you would expect from someone who is consuming pharmaceuticals. Hell, we’ve all looked at him and thought “this man is on drugs.” Now it seems that this has actually been common knowledge for decades. Sometimes you get #TweakedOutTrump and other times you get #XanaxTrump. Regardless, the thought of either sitting in the White House is terrifying.
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