During Monday night’s presidential debate, former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean speculated that Donald Trump may have a coke problem:
Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 27, 2016
Perhaps the tweet is a facetious allusion to speculations over Hillary Clinton’s health, but I honestly don’t think Dean is witty enough for that. On the contrary, he was legitimately speculating about whether Trump has ever used cocaine, an argument that he later doubled down on Tuesday on MSNBC:
Asked by anchor Kate Snow why he made such a charge, Dean called Trump’s sniffing a “signature” of cocaine users.
“Well, you can’t make a diagnosis over the television, I would never do that, but he has some interesting—that is actually a signature of people who use cocaine,” Dean said. “I’m not suggesting that Trump does, but—”
“Well, you are suggesting it, actually, in a tweet,” Snow said.
“No, I’m suggesting we think about it,” Dean said. “He sniffs during the presentation, which is something that users do. He also has grandiosity, which is something that accompanies that problem. He has delusions—I’m not talking about being crazy, but for example, when he told everybody it was very smart not to pay taxes and then denied he said it after he said it in front of 100 million people … It’s that he thinks somehow he’s not going to get caught. That is delusional.”
Dean added, “Do I think at 70 years old he has a cocaine habit? Probably not. But, you know, it’s something that I think would be interesting to ask him and see if he ever had a problem with that.”
Trump famously abstains from drugs and alcohol because his older brother was an alcoholic who drank himself to death. Yet, Dean seems to think that Trump having a coke problem is a definite possibility.