Repeated, demonstrably false claims have prompted leaders to question President Donald J. Trump’s mental health claiming if he can launch 4,000 nuclear weapons in minutes, getting checked out isn’t a bad idea—but it may be unconstitutional.
Per The Hill, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) expressed “a few” Republicans have expressed concern regarding Trump’s mental health.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) called for a review of the Constitution’s procedures for impeachment but warned the 25th Amendment falls short regarding mental or emotional fitness.
Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) laughed it off.
“Are you serious?” Hunter asked.
“I think that’s a stretch,” Simpson said.
Mental health professionals warn a risky juncture.
Joshua Miller, University of Georgia psychologist, specializing in pathological personality traits and personality disorders, warned not to stigmatize those with mental illnesses; and that it’s also not okay to use mental illness as a weapon to harm others.
According to The American Psychiatric Association, it’s unethical for psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers to give professional opinions about public figures if they haven’t been assessed.
Meanwhile 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers penned The New York Times warning “the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president” and a slew mental health professionals have signed a Change.org petition declaring Trump “is mentally ill and must be removed.”
The most bizarre promptings include:
- Offering verifiably false statements regularly
- Claiming it wasn’t raining during Inauguration Day
- Claiming he had the biggest Electoral College win since President Ronald Reagan when his margin was lower than President Obama’s successive wins