President Trump’s notorious tweets have caused much controversy over the past year, but now psychiatry professionals have put in their two cents and it is not pretty.
President Donald Trump has been taking to Twitter to voice his concerns since his candidacy. The president has often announced important information via Twitter, including unsubstantiated claims. He has accused former presidents, foreign leaders, and news media outlets of various lies. When asked to provide proof about his claims, he frequently fails to provide any.
Trump’s behavior on Twitter has drawn a lot of negative attention. A Democratic lawmaker even attempted to introduce the Covfefe bill, which would revise the definition of “documentary material” to include social media, so Trump would be held accountable for his tweets.
During a briefing in December, a Yale psychiatry professor expressed his concerns about the president’s mental health to lawmakers. The professor, Dr. Bandy X Lee of Yale University, had met with approximately a dozen members of Congress (mostly Democrats, but one Republican was present) and stated that “[Trump’s] going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs.”
What’s Happening Now:
President Trump’s constant stream of paranoid tweets and attacks on perceived opponents has caused even more psychiatry professionals to worry. Now, more than 100 mental health professionals have joined the chorus, claiming that the president is truly “unraveling.”
Dr. Lee’s claims about Trump’s mental health are currently being supported by many other psychiatry professionals. Dr. Lee even served as editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” a book that featured testimonials from 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts who are in agreement about Trump’s “dangerousness.”
The case study of Donald Trump’s mental health gained a lot of traction after a recent tweet from the president was posted.
North Korean authoritarian leader Kim Jong-Un claimed that he has a nuclear button “always on the desk of [his] office,” causing Trump to challenge him. The American president took to Twitter to escalate the nuclear tensions. He challenged the North Korean leader, stating that he also has a nuclear button and that it is “much bigger & more powerful than his.” Notably, President Trump frequently refers to Kim Jong-Un as “little rocket man.”
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
As a response, this week, Lee and two other experts released a statement on behalf of the National Coalition of Concerned Mental Health Experts that was signed by more than 100 medical professionals.
“We write as mental health professionals who have been deeply concerned about Donald Trump’s psychological aberrations. We believe that he is now further unraveling in ways that contribute to his belligerent nuclear threats. […] We urge that those around him, and our elected representatives in general, take urgent steps to restrain his behavior and head off the potential nuclear catastrophe that endangers not only Korea and the United States but all of humankind,” the statement read.
During a press briefing on Wednesday, reporters asked questions regarding Trump’s mental fitness, citing his tweets about North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded by deflecting.
Trump’s behavior is causing an increasing amount of people to questions his ability to serve and the possibility of the 25th Amendment being invoked, which could replace Trump if he is found unable to discharge the powers of the presidency.
H/T: Revere Press