Newsweek writer suggests Donald Trump was institutionalized for nervous breakdown in 1990

Donald Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, according to a tweet posted this evening – and then deleted – by Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald. He stated his belief that Trump is refusing to release anything about his medical records or history for fear that it could lead to this particular detail being uncovered from his past. But why did Eichenwald subsequently delete his tweet and then insist that his big Newsweek cover story coming out tomorrow is about a different topic?

Eichenwald’s original tweet said the following: “I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won’t release his medical records.” Rather than elaborating or providing evidence of this claim, he deleted his tweet – but not before it was screen capped by Rolling Stone writer Corbin Reiff, who asked Eichenwalkd to elaborate.

Eichenwald responded in a manner which made it sound like he only deleted the tweet because it was causing so much confusion about his upcoming story on another topic, which he’s been hyping for the past week. “Folks: I don’t have story coming out tomorrow that Trump had a breakdown. Order of tweets confused ppl I believe. Topic is other major thing.”

He also subsequently tweeted that “No one in the press even knows whether Trump has experienced a nervous breakdown or been institutionalized. We need medical records.” So it’s not immediately clear whether he was actually making the claim that Donald Trump had been institutionalized in the tweet which he deleted, or if he was merely trying to make a point about Trump’s lack of transparency. But he lated tweeted that “People were thinking that was my cover story for tomorrow I’ve been discussing, so deleted it to avoid confusion.”

In any case it’s still not clear what Kurt Eichenwald’s upcoming Newsweek cover story is actually about, though we’ll find out when it’s released tomorrow. As for his apparent claim that Trump was institutionalized, which again he has provided no evidence of, this story is still developing. If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution:

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  1. Rose Teragram on September 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    How come stuff on Hillary is leaked. Couldn’t someone “leak” Trumps medical records. Wouldn’t be the first time. Come on something needs to be done.

    • 505GUY on September 14, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      “Many people believe….Many people are saying that Donald Trump was put in a mental hospital back in the 90s”….
      It works for the Donald to say stuff without proof so why not.

      • Dave 55 on September 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm

        I agree 100%. Fight fire with fire. “I have had many, many people call me. They tell me that they know from very – very reliable sources – the best sources – that Donald was psychiatrically hospitalized in 1990. I told them that that is his business no one else’s.”

        • Megan on October 7, 2016 at 7:49 am

          Absolute lie. If it was true that guy would have published it. Another Hillary lie

    • Brando Swanson on November 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      If this is true donald Trump broke the law by getting a CCW, he claims he has a gun permit Federal law says he can’t even get a permit or even own a firearm.

  2. Vivian Torres on September 14, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Well, during the same time, Vanity Fair published an article, After The Gold Rush, in September 1990 where Ivana expressed concerns about Trump’s state of mind. Very interesting!

  3. pablo on September 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    This is bizarre.Why would this guy say Trump spent time in a mental hospital in 1990 unless he knew something?
    If he did someone must know for sure. Perhaps Ivana knows? She’s probably bound by a nondisclosure agreement or such. Trump loves those things.

    • Paulette Trimble on September 18, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Rules are for everyone but the Donald. It is our business to know these things…if he is to be POTUS!!

  4. Louise Leslie on September 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Whether Trump was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown in 1990 or not, we all know he is crazier than hell.

    • Mary B on September 18, 2016 at 3:56 am

      Ain’t it the truth! Trump gets wackier every day…you wold think that his supporters would find his behaviour alarming? Don’t you think?

      • scotdeerie on September 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm

        Aren’t we all equally alarmed by THEIR behavior. They are all lunatics. Literally.

      • Kim k on September 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        No they wouldn’t because they r crazier than him

  5. Eugenia on September 17, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Eichenwald more than likely is afraid of retribution. He investigated all Trump dealings. He would know , but alas Trump zombies probably threatened him as Trump did in the 13 yr old rapevictim in the affidavit which was filed against this sleaze Trump on June 20, 2016 in NY. Naturally, his lawyers will postpone the trial until after the election.

  6. Gail Hoover on September 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    To bad twitter does not go back that far.

  7. Kim k on September 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    All of trump followers r Deplorables crazy as hell

    • Deplorable on November 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm



  8. Ksthy grant on September 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Do you people believe everything you read? The journalist could have been lying. They do it for killery all the time! They make her out to be Ms perfect and make excuses for all of her issues!

  9. Mike Muir on October 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    All he wanted was a pepsi

    • Deplorable on November 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      And she wouldnt give it to him

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