As if all of America doesn’t already know what the problem with Donald Trump is, – i.e. pathological narcissism – members of congress are now trying their hand at legislation that would force him to undergo a mental health examination.
Trump’s mental health is back in the news after his back and forth with Senator Bob Corker (R. Tn) has many wondering if Corker is building a case to invoke the 25th amendment in order to impeach Trump due to unfitness for office:
The legislation states:
“Quickly secure the services of medical and psyhciatric professionals to exame the president to assist in their deliberatons under the 25th Amendment to determine whether the president suffers from a mental disorder or other injury that impairs his abilities and prevents him from discharging his Constitutional duties.”
Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s office released in a statement:
“Does the President suffer from early stage dementia? Has the stress of office aggravated a mental illness crippling impulse control? Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties? Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”
Several Congress are also in the process setting up an expert panel to review and advise on Trump’s mental capacity, which is unheard of for the president.
Per Scientific American:
“On Friday, Lee and four other psychiatrists sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate and House arguing that Trump exhibits “severe emotional impediments that … present a grave threat to international security,” and asked Congress to “take immediate steps to establish a commission to determine his fitness for office.”
The other signers argue that Trump’s “alarming patterns of impulsive, reckless, and narcissistic behavior — regardless of diagnosis … put the world at risk,” posing an “imminent danger” that psychiatrists are ethically obligated to warn about.”
It’s not a stretch for an American President, especially one who is 70 years old, to undergo an exam by mental health professionals. In fact, with Trump, it’s long overdue.