Many of us have long wondered if President Donald Trump has some sort of mental illness. A top psychologist from Harvard called him a “textbook narcissist,” while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) once called him a “pathological liar.” Meanwhile, others have written about the president’s abuse of women and accused him of “gas lighting” the American public.
Plus, Donald Trump has many other scary traits which may not qualify as mental illness, but which still raise serious concerns about his fitness for office. Like his short attention span, quick temper, thin skin, and the way he casually tosses around childish insults.
Late Weds. night, long-time D.C. journalist Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame, went on CNN and revealed that top Republicans were having an “open discussion” about Donald Trump’s “emotional maturity [and] stability.”
Wait…Now they’re worried?
For starters, Donald Trump won’t stop going on and on about non-existent voter fraud. Of course the GOP has been doing the same thing for years, and using these false claims to pass voter ID laws that keep people of color, seniors, young people, and low-income citizens — in other words, likely Democratic voters – from voting. But now, apparently, Mein Trumpf is going too far and making them look bad.
Carl Bernstein declared that the discussions he’s heard among leading Republicans are “unlike anything I have seen in 50 years as a reporter.”
“I am hearing from Republicans, and other reporters are as well, that there is open discussion by members of the President of the United States’ own party about his emotional maturity, stability.”
He adds, “People are saying that his psyche is driving the news cycle.”
“We are in uncharted territory here and we ought to talk to some of our colleagues about what they are hearing. I’ve never heard [people] talking about a president… the way this subtext is now a talking point.”
What Carl Bernstein does not mention is that Donald Trump’s possible mental illness and his unhinged tweets may be affecting the stock market as well.
On an earlier CNN panel on Monday, Carl Bernstein also observed:
“We are having too many bizarre moments with this new President. You want to say to the President of the United States: Grow up, Mr President.”
Of course, there is a way to get rid of President Donald Trump without impeaching him. Section 4 of the 25th Amendment would allow the Vice President and Congress to declare Donald Trump “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” We would then be stuck with a perfectly sane but equally dangerous Mike Pence as acting president.
WATCH: GOP leaders concerned about Donald Trump’s “emotional maturity [and] stability.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 26, 2017
Top Psychiatrists express concern about Donald Trump’s mental illness.
Last year, three top psychiatrists were so alarmed by what they saw as Donald Trump’s possible mental illness and inability to serve in the White House, they wrote a letter to then-President Barack Obama. Because Richard Greene from the Huffington Post had been interviewing people in the mental health field about Donald Trump’s (alleged!) “narcissistic personality disorder,” they sent him a copy of the letter and gave him permission to reprint it.
The letter requests that Donald Trump receive a “full medical and neuropsychiatric” work up by an “impartial team of investigators” to screen for any mental illness that may render him unfit for the duties of the Oval Office.
Dear President Obama,
We are writing to express our grave concern regarding the mental stability of our President-Elect. Professional standards do not permit us to venture a diagnosis for a public figure whom we have not evaluated personally. Nevertheless, his widely reported symptoms of mental instability — including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality — lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office. We strongly recommend that, in preparation for assuming these responsibilities, he receive a full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation by an impartial team of investigators.
The letter was signed by: Judith Herman, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Nanette Gartrell, M.D., Assoc. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (1988-2011) and Asst. Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (1983-87); and Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D., Asst. Clinical Professor, Dept. of Community Health Systems at University of California, San Francisco (2005-2013).
The letter also included comments and an overview of what these professors saw as Donald Trump’s mental illness. For Richard Greene’s summary, click here. Despite the “Goldwater Rule,” which bans members of the American Psychiatric Association from commenting on the mental health of public figures they’ve never actually seen as patients, Greene writes:
Virtually every mental health professional I interviewed told me that they believed, with 100% certainty, that Mr. Trump satisfied the DSM criteria of this incurable illness and that, as a result, he is a serious danger to the country and the world.
Now, that’s scary.
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