Man oh man, was it nice to see someone standing at the podium in the White House that isn’t: belligerent, lying, or panning out bullshit. How refreshing! Dr. Ronny Jackson was up there talking for an hour about Trump’s cholesterol, bioprimordial enzyme levels, rectal-thermonuclear levels and other assorted information that I really didn’t want to know. I listened to half of it anyway just because of how good it felt to see someone of the same species up there earnestly talking and honestly answering questions. That guy is very likable.
Now, just so we have this clear, for when it pops up later on: The mini-mental state examination (MMSE) of 30 questions that Trump took, is NOT a psychiatric evaluation. It’s a measure of cognitive abilities and is specifically geared to measuring possible impairment, or loss of skills over a long period of time. It’s the kind of thing you’d ask your personal doctor to do for your annual exam every year. It takes 5-10 minutes to complete. It’s handy for discovering the need to look into Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The mini-test Trump had IS NOT a mental status examination. That would be described as:
“It is a structured way of observing and describing a patient‘s psychological functioning at a given point in time, under the domains of appearance, attitude, behavior, mood, and affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perception, cognition, insight, and judgment.”
So when the Minister of Propaganda or any other Fox talking head states, “We’ve already been over this and it’s been put this to rest;” we haven’t and it hasn’t.
His test did not measure:
- How fucking crazy he is.
- Whether or not he is capable of performing his job.
- Whether or not he is a racist.
- What his IQ is.
- Whether he is capable of learning anything.
- Or any of the particular types of mental impairments and dysfunctions he exhibits on a daily basis.
Trump got this from Fox News (Big surprise!) Fox got it from Breitbart, and Breitbart got it from either The Atlantic report of the poll or directly from Survey Monkey whom conducted it. There’s so much wrong here. SO MUCH. dear lord.
First, if we just take the info at face value, 23% approval rating by black men and 11% approval rating from black women doesn’t equal a whole hell of a lot of approval. That’s abysmal. Apparently, somewhere along the line either Breitbart or Fox news just took those two numbers and averaged them together, which is a curious thing to do if you don’t know how many people are represented in those numbers nor what the +/- adjustments that might have been done to those individual numbers.
Second, We don’t know what the raw numbers are because they aren’t posted.
Third, the analysis uses as comparison: exit poll data and data collected over the length of a year. This is fucked up because the exit poll data cannot possibly reflect Trump’s job performance since he wasn’t on the damn job for another 2 months. Data collected over the course of a year is going to be garbage at any rate. Everyone’s circumstances changes over the course of a year.
Fourth, if the unemployment rates are taken from the same polling, when did these people report over the course of a year? When they were employed? When they were not? Let’s not forget, the general idea is to have all races similarly employed, and not measured by their individual percentages. If the economy improves or falters does each race similarly improve or suffer? Those are numbers you want to know. And yes, Blacks suffer disproportionately always. From real numbers.