Does Trump Have Syphilis?

There are more than a few people who do not exactly see eye-to-eye with our most recent president. While some disagree with Donald Trump’s policies and values, others question his sanity. There have been enough instances where he has given us reasons to wonder, does Donald Trump have Syphilis?

Like that time he talked about light bulbs giving you cancer:

When he defended sexual assaults:

Or when he discussed foreign relations with us:


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Many people have thought Trump isn’t “right” since he started campaigning for president, but nobody knows exactly why he does the things he does. It wasn’t until Dr. Steven Beutler’s article titled “A Medical Theory for Donald Trump’s Bizarre Behavior” published in the New Republic did syphilis enter the picture. Beutler claimed that Trump’s odd and irrational behavior could be attributed to a bad case of untreated syphilis. This is quite the claim, but is it true? And if so, how?


Syphilis is Easy to Miss

Always check yourself before you wreck yourself

The only physically indication that you usually have syphilis are painless sores. If you saw them, you’d likely know you should have them looked at. Still, some people either ignore these sores since they are painless, or miss them all together.

Untreated Syphilis Can Hide In Your Body For Decades

What kind of sane person eats pizza this way?

If you ignore or miss syphilis and let it do its thing for a couple decades without treatment, it eventually will develop severe side-effects. Late stage syphilis can really take a toll on someone, and is best known for eventually making you go crazy. Crazy enough to Covfefe (despite the constant negative press). 

Speaking of Making Someone Go Crazy..

Untreated syphilis has somewhere between a 25 to 40% chance of developing into neurosyphilis. Some of the milder side effects include dementia, confusion, changes in mental stability, irritability, memory problems, and mood disturbances. Hair loss is also a known side effect of syphilis.

If Trump Does Have Syphilis, He Probably Got it Sometime in the 1990s

1-800-FKE-NEWS on speed dial

It generally takes somewhere around 20 to 30 years for syphilis to really start to take its toll, so Trump would have had to have most likely gotten the STD sometime between 1988 and 1998. Back when he looked like this: 

Donald Trump poses in the foyer of his home in August 1987 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Joe McNally/Getty Images)

Syphilis Was HUGE Back Then

According to the article “Sexually transmitted diseases in the USA: temporal trends” by Sevgi Aral, Kevin Fenton, and King Holmes, syphilis peaked in the US around 1990. So during the most likely time Trump would have gotten syphilis, the STD was five times more prevalent. Huh.

Trump Definitely Slept Around During That Time

The man has said himself that he’s “had” many women in the past, and he was especially busy around the time of divorcing his first wife Ivana in – you guessed it – the early 90s (1992).  He compared his past sexual promiscuity to the Vietnam War with Howard Stern in a 1997 interview.  

“I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world,” he told Stern regarding his past dating life. “It is a dangerous world out there-it’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”

Maybe He Stepped on a Syphilis Mine While on Deployment in His “Personal Vietnam”?

Trump poses with about half of the Miss America contestants on his personal yacht in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1988.

The only way we will ever really know if Donald Trump has syphilis is if he got tested. Beyond that is purely speculation, but what we do know is syphilis is nothing to be ignored. He has sounded pretty confident in the past that he’s been safe, but it never hurts to check!

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