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Calif. Dem reaching out to psychologists to discuss Trump's mental state

Calif. Dem reaching out to psychologists to discuss Trump's mental state
© Greg Nash

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) is reaching out to psychologists to discuss President Trump.

“It’s one thing from my nonprofessional, nonclinical standpoint [to] believe that someone does not have the capacity to do the job," she told BuzzFeed News.

"It’s another thing to talk to experts and [those] who can deal with mental psychosis on a daily basis, so I wanted to hear from them."

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The California Democrat told the news outlet that she has spoken with two professionals, including John Gartner, a psychologist who founded Duty to Warn. The group, made up of mental health experts, says Trump is "deeply and dangerously psychologically disordered."

A psychiatry professor at Yale told BuzzFeed that she has been contacted by other lawmakers to talk about Trump.

Speier has previously raised questions about Trump's mental health.

"POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th amendment," she said in an August tweet.

In February, shortly after Trump assumed office, Democrats started openly questioning Trump's mental health.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said at the time that “a few” Republican colleagues had expressed concern to him about Trump's mental health.

The Democrats pointed to Trump's habit of making false claims to justify their questions.