Press: Is Trump mentally fit for office?

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Whatever you think of the Trump presidency, you must admit they’ll have to rewrite the history books when it’s over. We’ve had many kinds of presidents, but we’ve never had one like this before. We’ve never had a president so widely suspected of being mentally unstable, if not mentally ill.

Questions about Donald Trump’s mental capacity dominate the Capitol. A leading psychiatrist tells congressional Democrats that Trump’s mental health is “unraveling.” Two dozen Democrats introduced legislation requiring that the president be examined and removed from office if deemed unfit by a commission of physicians and psychiatrists. Republican staffers bone up on the 25th Amendment, while CNN headlines: “Is It Wrong to Question Trump’s Mental Fitness for Office?”

{mosads}Obviously not. Trump’s talking about it himself. When the drumbeat of doubt about his mental stability intensified after publication of Michael Wolff’s tell-all book, Trump decided he could no longer depend on the experts. He asserted his own soundness of mind. “Actually, throughout my life,” he tweeted, “my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart … I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius…and a very stable genius at that!”

Now, I’m no psychiatrist, but when somebody feels compelled to tell you he’s a genius, he’s not one. And when somebody insists he’s not crazy, that’s a pretty good sign he is. Maybe not crazy as in “should be institutionalized,” but certainly crazy in terms of ultimate narcissism, pathological insecurity, insatiable need to be praised, inability to accept any criticism and intense hostility toward anyone who disagrees with him. And definitely crazy enough not to be allowed to have his little fingers anywhere near the nuclear button.

What’s surprising about this debate is how long it took Washington. Wolff is not the first to question the president’s mental health. In their blockbuster book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” published last October, 27 leading psychiatrists evaluate Trump’s mental capacity and reach a universal and ominous conclusion: “Anyone as mentally unstable as this man simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency.”

According to this distinguished group of physicians, the danger of a mentally unbalanced President Trump resides especially in the possibility he could single-handedly trigger a nuclear war. Although all military personnel responsible for relaying nuclear orders must by law undergo rigorous mental health evaluation before taking the job, they point out, there is no such requirement for the commander in chief. Now that’s scary.

There is no more serious issue facing the nation today than the possibility, if not likelihood, that we have in the White House a man who is mentally unfit for the job. It’s now painfully clear that, for a whole year, we’ve been chasing the wrong rabbit. We’ve been obsessed with figuring out how Trump won the White House. Did he cheat? Did the Russians do it? Did Hillary blow it?

That’s the wrong question. It’s time to stop asking how we got stuck with Donald Trump and start asking how we can, constitutionally, get rid of him.

Press is host of “The Bill Press Show” on Free Speech TV and author of “Buyer’s Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down.”

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