A Democratic Congresswoman has become so concerned about Donald Trump’s mental health that she has reached out to a group of psychologists who are calling for the president to be removed from office, Newsweek reported Tuesday.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif), has contacted John Gartner, a former assistant professor at John Hopkins medical school and head of a coalition of mental health professionals who advocate for Trump’s removal under the 25th Amendment. They argue that the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater Rule,” which prevents mental health professionals diagnosing public figures they have not examined, is superseded by a “moral and civic duty to warn” about a “dangerously madman.”
Speier has also called for the president to be ousted under the Amendment, writing in an August tweet that he “is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger.”
POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) August 16, 2017
“It’s one thing from my non-professional, non-clinical standpoint [to] believe that someone does not have the capacity to do the job, 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,” Speier told BuzzFeed News Monday.
As reported by Newsweek:
“Speier is not alone. Six Democrats, from both the House and Senate, have contacted Yale psychiatry professor Bandy Lee over recent months to discuss Trump’s mental state, Buzzfeed News reports. Lee is the editor of a book released this month titled The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. It features 27 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts assessing the president’s state of mind.
However, they do not formally diagnose him and stop short of advocating for specific methods to remove him from office. Yet in his chapter in the book, Gartner writes that “Trump is a profoundly evil man exhibiting malignant narcissism.” He adds that “history will not be kind to a profession that aided the rise of an American Hitler through its silence.”
While some Democrats have already sought to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, the 25th Amendment has been viewed by others as a more appropriate measure. Indeed, a recent Vanity Fair article included the claim that Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon had told the president that the 25th Amendment posed the greatest threat to his future in the White House.
Under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, the vice president and a majority of the executive branch can draft a written declaration that the president is unable to perform his duties. Congress must then vote with a two-thirds majority in both chambers in order to remove him or her from office.
However, there is no indication of either Trump’s Cabinet or a strong number of Republicans being ready to openly support the president’s ouster anytime soon despite the rising number of Republicans questioning his suitability for the position.