If there’s one unifying factor that has aligned Clinton and Trump in this election, it’s R.B.G., the comic from Dallas, Texas, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and refuses to acknowledge his condition despite his “straight man” being his personal secretary.
R.B.G. (Alex Wiggs) simply isn’t a fit for politics and is confined to a large apartment in a hall right near his wife, Ingrid, a career-lawyer who is also aging and without a husband.
Regardless of whether Trump is seriously handicapped by Alzheimer’s disease or not, there’s no way that he would campaign for POTUS, not without the use of military planes and a total absence of physical or mental training.
In order to make up for that shortfall, Donald Trump has downplayed his illness as “jokingly” saying “I try to be as normal and present as possible.” Which seems to be all the media really wants to talk about.
However, an incident in Vidal Montpelier Hospital in Arlington, Texas, earlier this month shows a more serious situation. Montpelier is a hospital where homeless, mentally ill and physically disabled people can be held, treated and discharged together.
Montpelier is not a place reserved for the best and the brightest. It’s an open hospital where people who need a little extra assistance can find them. So in order to care for Montpelier patients, 35% of the staff wear personal protective equipment or gear and some day expect to spend their lives in Vidal Montpelier, which sounds more appropriate than Washington DC.
In this case, the 36-year-old Montpelier patient, Natasha Dygert, a 27-year-old biochemistry student, has already been admitted to Vidal Montpelier Hospital with a dizzy spell while visiting with her family during dinner for the weekend.
Dygert was later left lying in an ambulance unattended, seemingly dazed, while agitated nurses attempted to wake her. Rosi Boaring, an RN assistant at the hospital, said the patient showed no sign of the ailment she had been suffering, which included stopping breathing during a seizure, and that she had appeared drunk and disoriented at the time.
Sadly, Vidal Montpelier isn’t the only facility where homeless and disabled people from both sides of the political aisle reside.
In D.C., residents of both parties’ Congressional districts live in small motels across town. Most of them were previously homeless people who jumped between homes because they couldn’t find one of the larger beds they typically needed in a hotel.
When the Plaza Hotel in Washington needed to have a psychiatric suite and bed for one patient with dementia, such a patient could stay in the motel at no cost. You can thank the Washington Post for breaking the story.
Vidal Montpelier was only one of the many possible suitable locations where such people could be held without charge and without significant financial help from the government. But our government has spent millions on asylum laws to keep homeless people from being placed in motels across the country.
As a result, homeless people were already used to short-term, unsafe conditions. Now, their real problems have been compounded with the influx of unaccompanied and marginalized people from the southern border.
Donald Trump isn’t really at all affected by this issue — unlike his own campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who only hesitated to answer questions about the situation when reporters asked her. Conway’s angry tone echoed that of many American politicians throughout the campaign, who displayed ignorance and hostility.
If Trump doesn’t like to make any comment regarding his or his family’s fitness for office, his wife, Melania, is more than prepared to remind him every day that he’s mentally incapable of leading the country.
Someone has to take responsibility for our country’s liabilities and to fix them. Someone has to fight for equality, opportunity and fairness. Someone has to be the cheerleader for the ailing Mr. R.B.G.
If that person is Trump, it should be none other than … R.B.G.Will the election turn on R.B.G.?