Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said he believes President Donald Trump has dementia and is mentally unstable following the president's Dec. 6 address regarding Israel in which he slurred his speech and had trouble getting some words out.
"People close to him say [he's] mentally unfit," Scarborough said of Trump on the Dec. 7 episode of "Morning Joe," notes the Washington Examiner. "People close to him during the campaign told me [he] had early stages of dementia. … Everybody around Donald Trump knows he's not stable. Everybody around Donald Trump knows he's not stable now. Everybody."
After Donald Trump's words came out garbled when he concluded his speech by saying, "God bless the United States," a number of folks speculated that he was having dental problems or possibly even that he wears dentures and that they were slipping out, notes Fox News.
However, White House spokesman Raj Shah shot the denture theory down, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"His throat was dry," Shah said. "There's nothing to it. … I know what you're getting at. I'm saying there's nothing to it."
Despite the trending #DentureDonald hashtag and Shah's explanation, Scarborough saw something else in the unusual behavior.
"If you measure what [Republicans] say when the cameras aren't turned on and they tell you that they believe he's unstable, which they do," he said, according to The Wrap. "So many people on Capitol Hill say that. But you turn the cameras on and you have people blindly going out there saying he's the greatest president of all time."
Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski have feuded with the president on a handful of occasions. The day before, Donald Trump tweeted that Scarborough, a former legislator, should be investigated for the death of an aide whose body was found in his office in 2001, notes the Washington Examiner
The liberal host acknowledged the likelihood that his comments would ruffle a lot of feathers but said he was not prepared to wait until "it's proper to bring this up in polite society" -- such as "after the first nuclear missile goes."
"You serve America and you know it," Scarborough added, addressing lawmakers. "You know you don't serve Donald J. Trump … You don't represent him. You represent 320 million people whose lives are literally in your hands and we are facing a showdown with a nuclear power."
Scarborough said he would "see what happens after they pass the tax plan," whether they would decide to "tell the truth about Donald Trump" but said that he doubted it.
Sources: Washington Examiner, The Wrap, Fox News, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: NBC News/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Flickr