Trump Lacks Object Permanence Development Skill

Ken AshfordEbola/Zika/COVID-19 Viruses, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen, heard, touched, smelled or sensed in any way.

Anderson Cooper just pointed out that this is something humans usually learn at about 18 months of age. The president hasn’t reached that stage yet:

I guess all those people in the hospital and the morgues wouldn’t exist if we didn’t test anyone.

Mike Pence said they have plenty of hospital beds in Tulsa so nobody should worry. Sure, they might get so sick they might die (or give the disease to someone else who could get so sick they might die) but it’s no biggie because they’ll have a bed. I guess that’s marginally better than Trump, since he at least acknowledges that they may be making their own voters sick. But it’s not much.

Also this: