Immediately after the horrific mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead and dozens more injured, President Trump declined to address the issue of gun control, instead latching on to the fact that the shooter may have had mental health problems:
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
It’s a variation on the old “See Something, Say Something” recommendation used by law enforcement official to combat terrorism.
But a Yale psychiatrist is now using that same rule of thumb to warn the nation about the danger of Trump as president.
Dr. Bandy X. Lee has written an op-ed in which she calls Trump a “dangerous leader” and adds:
“We have an analogous situation with a dangerous leader who has access to far more lethal weapons than an AR-15. Following the President’s words, I am reporting again to authorities, both as a citizen and a mental health professional, and making a record here.”
Lee, who has previously briefed Democratic lawmakers on Trump’s mental state, also writes that Trump’s words and actions threaten the safety of the entire world:
” [Trump exhibits] clear statements and acts of verbal aggression, sexual aggression, incitement to violence, endorsement of violence, encouragement of assassination, promotion of violent imagery, and actual threats and taunting of a hostile nation with nuclear power.
“Considering Mr. Trump as one of the authorities, I am following his words to say: Mr. President, please submit to a proper examination. If you do not wish to, you can always resign.”
Some have speculated that Trump may indeed resign if the heat from the Mueller investigation gets too close to the Oval Office. But there are plenty of other reasons he needs to be removed from office, not the least of which is his deteriorating mental state.
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