Some mental health professionals deemed that President Donald Trump is mentally ill. John Gartner Ph.D practices psychology in Maryland. He started a petition declaring Trump unfit to serve. Currently, his petition garnered more than 25,811 supporters.
Mental Health Professionals claim that Donald Trump is mentally ill
The petition was made on Change.org. In the petition statement, Gartner claimed that aside from him, there are several other mental health professionals who support his cause. The petition was made following Trump’s Thursday news conference. The president’s conference was entertaining and offensive for some people. Gartner took matters in his hands. As a psychologist, Gartner diagnosed Trump as mentally ill. In his petition, he stated that Trump is unfit to serve. Additionally, Gartner mentioned that the mental health professionals who support the petition based the diagnosis from their professional judgement.
“We, the undersigned mental health professionals (please state your degree), believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 3 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Some of the supporters expressed the reasons why they supported the petition. David Kincaid, MD is a clinical psychologist who supported the petition. He commented that the president is a “malignant narcissist who lives in his own reality.” Another clinical psychologist, Melissa Sporn, stated that she is concerned with Trump’s bullying and harassment. Aside from the psychologists, there other health professionals coming from all medical fields who supported the petition.
Trump’s mental health put into question after a press conference
The uproar started on Trump’s Thursday afternoon press conference. Some critics claimed that it was notably chaotic. The news conference started when Trump introduced his new Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta. Unfortunately, the afternoon went sour for some critics after the president started a series of criticisms hurled at the media. Trump made accusations in connection to government leaks. He also had statements like, “The leaks are real…You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.”
Several opposition and support groups criticized Trump’s mental health
In the wake of the press conference, it seemed like there was one word that can be deduced, which led some of Trump’s critics to call him crazy. Moreover, the term crazy was not particularly partisan. The public knew that Fox News was fond of Trump but anchor Shepard Smith referred to the press conference as ‘absolutely crazy’. Even Seth Meyers pegged the conference as ‘batsh*t crazy’ while numerous headlines referred to the conference as both crazy and insane.
Several Democratic leaders also gave their two cents about the issue. Rep. Ted Lieu wanted to file a bill that will require a psychiatrist to stay at the White House. Senator Al Franken stated that “a few” of his Republican colleagues already expressed their concern over Trump’s mental health.
Is it unfair to call Donald Trump crazy?
Still, several Trump supporters felt that it was unfair. An article for Townhall questioned as to why former president Barack Obama did not received the “crazy diagnosis” after he claimed there were 57 states. The report further asked about the other activities of the former president but was not deemed crazy. In addition, the article criticized the petition by stating that Trump made a “few jabs at the press” that made people to think that he is unfit to serve. The comment section for the article proved that some people supported Trump while others are unsure of his presidency. The petition on Change.org can be found here.