Donald Trump has defended himself in spectacular style against the latest barrage targeting his mental health.
For the record, I always thought he had some sort of personality disorder. But the truth is he is doing a pretty solid job, crazy or not.
The wall might not happen in the end and he could do without squabbling with North Korea.
But, that aside, he’s actually doing OK.
The crazy orange bastard is kind of winning me over.
He also triggers SJWs with his very existence. That’s a skill in itself.
But now a new book has labelled him with what I actually think is wrong, a Cluster B personality disorder.
A series of prominent mental health professionals have also signed a petition to have the man himself removed from office.
Democrats are also trying to force through legislation that will make him submit to a thorough psychiatric evaluation.
His response was epic, full-bore Trump.
….Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 6 January 2018
….to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 6 January 2018
The psychiatric community points to his recent spat with North Korea, where he reminded the feisty Far Eastern nation that his nuclear button is way bigger, and it works. They say that’s not ideal behavior for a President of the United States.
His hair trigger Twitter style, lack of empathy, selective memory and campaign against ‘fake news’ are also a bit of a big deal.
I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 7 January 2018
Hillary Clinton may well have committed actual felonies, while the worst Trump is guilty of is cartoon-grade buffoonery. But apparently the mental health community is determined to have a voice.
“The level of concern by the public is now enormous,” said Bandy X. Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine and editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” a book released last fall. “They’re telling us to speak more loudly and clearly and not to stop until something is done because they are terrified.”
White House Dismisses Claims
The White House was pretty clear in its response.
“This shouldn’t be dignified with a response,” said Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor.
“The partisans on Capitol Hill consulting with psychologists should reorient their spare time: support the president’s positive agenda of middle class tax cuts, rebuilding infrastructure and the military, investing in our work force,” Ms. Conway said later in an email. “The never-ending attempt to nullify an election is tiresome; if they were truly ‘worried about the country,’ they’d get to work to help it.”
Thomas J. Barrack, a friend of Mr. Trump’s, was quoted in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” as telling a friend that the president was “not only crazy but stupid.” In interviews, Mr. Barrack denied that and insisted that many people miss Mr. Trump’s actual brilliance.
“Potus has learned over time that Socratic testing and a lack of predictability is a worthy weapon in both negotiations and in keeping his team well honed, unentitled and on alert,” he said, using the initials for president of the United States.
“He has no truck with political correctness, self-promotion or personal hubris of his team. This may cause him to appear at times to be overly realistic, blunt or to be politically insensitive even to his own subordinates. However, that is not the case.”
Is This By Any Means Necessary?
That’s kind of the impression I get, too. Although he could be a total barrel of crazy on the inside, he’s getting shit done. This attack on his mental health really does look like a way to derail the train by any means possible.
It’s against the medical code of ethics to diagnose someone without an actual examination, too, although the experts include the head of psychiatry at Yale, so they probably know the law better than me. If it’s in the public interest, they might be able to skirt the Goldwater rule that was formally adopted by the American Psychiatric Association.
That came in response to an insidious campaign against Senator Barry Goldwater by the mental health community and it seems the lessons haven’t been learned.
Should Any Professional Diagnose Trump?
“These amateurs shouldn’t be diagnosing at a distance, and they don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Allen Frances, a former psychiatry department chairman at Duke University School of Medicine who helped develop the profession’s diagnostic standards for mental disorders.
Dr. Frances, author of “Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump,” said the president’s bad behavior should not be blamed on mental illness. “He is definitely unstable,” Dr. Frances said. “He is definitely impulsive. He is world-class narcissistic not just for our day but for the ages. You can’t say enough about how incompetent and unqualified he is to be leader of the free world. But that does not make him mentally ill.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, there, but still it’s a defense.
Other Presidents Had Mental Health Issues
Abraham Lincoln suffered depression. John F. Kennedy was whacked out on anti-anxiety meds ad Lyndon Johnson lost the plot so badly that three separate psychiatrists were called in to treat his paranoid breakdown.
Nixon was partial to Valium and Ronald Reagan may well have started to show symptoms of Alzheimers disease when his advisors discussed invoking the 25th Amendment and removing him from office.
So this wouldn’t exactly be the first time we had someone on the edge in charge of the nation. There are so many levels of insulation that he probably can’t do anything too stupid anyway.
Donald Trump probably is crazy. But he’s also doing a good job. That’s starting to look like enough.