This is an article that was written by a psychologist and two psychiatrists who all agree that Trump’s mental health is making it impossible for him to function as president.
Courtesy of USA Today:
Many of us in the mental health community have been arguing for years that Trump should be removed because he is psychologically unfit. We posted a professional petition online stating that “in our professional judgment … Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of president of the United States.” It garnered over 70,000 signatures, formed a professional organization, Duty To Warn, dedicated solely to this issue and has held rallies across the country, and published a best-selling book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.”
Most recently, “Dangerous Case” editor Bandy Lee and a group of colleagues issued a mental health analysis of the Mueller report in which they concluded “there is compelling medical evidence” that Trump “lacks the capacity to serve as president.” He manifests “impaired capacity to make responsible decisions free of impulsivity,” as well as an “inability to consider consequences before taking action, detachment from reality, paranoid reactions, creation of dangerous conditions, and cognitive and memory difficulties.”
While some have tried to dismiss these professional assessments as partisan, that charge is belied by the members of Trump’s own administration, who have privately mused about the 25th Amendment. “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment,” wrote the anonymous author of a famed New York Times op-ed. White House staff frequently texted “#TFA” among themselves whenever Trump “did something that was just so insane, and so crazy, and unhinged,” Omarosa Manigault Newman told MSNBC. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to reports, admitted that he proposed invoking the 25th Amendment, though he later claimed (unconvincingly it seems to us) to have been joking.
However, the Republican Cabinet will never invoke the 25th, so where does that leave Democrats?
After Trump’s temper tantrum in the White House last week, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland said, “Most of us on the Judiciary Committee have just thrown up our hands” and said “let’s go ahead and launch an impeachment inquiry.”
In the same interview on NBC News, he said, “Today the 25th Amendment has come resurging back into focus because of these extraordinary events that took place in the White House. … Speaker Pelosi showed her compassionate side when she said there should be a family intervention. Unfortunately, some conditions are way beyond the capacity of a family intervention to address. This might be far more serious.”
Citing Lee’s mental health analysis of the Mueller report, Raskin said, “The president is failing at every level of basic mental and cognitive health. He cannot take in information successfully. He cannot process information successfully. He cannot engage in decision-making without bias, distortion, impulsivity, impetuosity, and he cannot keep himself and others free from danger.”
Though Raskin did not directly cite Trump’s lack of mental fitness as the constitutional ground for opening an impeachment inquiry, the context suggests that it was certainly on his mind, and adds to the urgency to the need for such an inquiry, if nothing else. Clearly Congress has an obligation, as James Madison said, to protect the nation against a chief executive who has demonstrated “incapacity.”
I don’t think that there are too many people who read Trump’s tweets and think he does not suffer from a mental illness of some kind.
Mental health professionals have been ringing this bell now from even before Trump took office, and I think it is high time that people start listening to them.
Simply put you cannot have a crazy person running the damn country.
And that is EXACTLY what is happening.
So yes, I think starting impeachment proceedings based on mental fitness for the job is a completely viable option.
In fact, it may be the best reason of all.