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Opinion: Ronny Jackson and the 'former guy'

March 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Physician to U.S. President Donald Trump Dr. Ronny Jackson listens during the daily White House press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Dr. Jackson discussed the details of President Trump??s physical check-up from last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

As with so many chapters in the Trump saga, the tale of the former White House physician -- described by subordinates as a 'tyrant' who had "tantrums," made "sexual and denigrating comments" and allegedly drank on the job, according to Pentagon watchdog's report--illustrates the strange way that the former president either attracts people who share his bullying and deceptive ways, or shapes them to fit the mold, writes Michael D'Antonio.

(CNN)The Pentagon inspector general tells us that many who worked with Ronny Jackson -- the former Trump White House physician and now a member of Congress from Texas -- think he was a "tyrant" and a "dictator" prone to "yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates. "

A year ago, Jackson said that once he declaimed on the former president's health status before the national media, "I got the Trump stamp on me completely". . .

Jackson, who also served as White House Physician for Barack Obama, gained national attention -- and Donald Trump's devoted support -- in 2018, when he declared Trump to be in "excellent" health, despite being obese, because of his "good genes. " Jackson didn't mention test results indicating heart disease and downplayed sleep habits that would make anyone chronically exhausted.

Bornstein, you'll recall, signed his name to a letter he said Trump had dictated, declaring his patient would "be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. " But Bornstein wasn't accused of the alleged toxic behavior the inspector general reported about Jackson after reviewing documents and interviewing 78 witnesses.

In a statement to CNN on Tuesday, Jackson claimed the report was politically motivated and that the inspector general "resurrected" old allegations against him because he refused to "turn my back on President (Donald) Trump," who was a vocal supporter of his 2020 congressional bid.

In light of what Cohen and Woodward had to say about their subject, the IG report about Jackson suggests he was just the type of person Trump had in mind when he said in 2016 that he would surround himself with "only the best" people.

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