Thursday February 16 2017
While the President works on a revised version of his immigration policy, dismisses his first advisor and blunders along telling lie upon lie and tweeting his sarcasms, the concentration of us mere mortals seems cantered on his sanity, or to put it more politely, his mental health issues.
The whole of the American media seems fully concentrated on the state of the President’s sanity.
“Johns Hopkins Top Psychotherapist Releases Terrifying Diagnosis of President Trump”.
So read the headline on the ”Bipartisan Report” web page. Now the John Hopkins institute is a very well-respected institution so my curiosity begged me to dig somewhat deeper.
It seems that “John D. Gartner, a registered psychotherapist at the renowned Johns Hopkins University Medical School seems to think Trump may, in fact, be the one with the problem. Gartner, who teaches psychiatric residents at Hopkins, decided to break the ethical code known as the “Goldwater Rule” in order to warn the American public about the dangerousness of our new commander-in-chief’s mental state.”
Normally therapists don’t break the “Goldwater Rule” which is an ethics code of the American Psychiatric Association saying it is wrong to provide a professional opinion of a public figure without examining that person and gaining consent to discuss the evaluation.
So a decision to do so would not be taken lightly. He says that Trump is “temperamentally unfit” to serve as president, following his numerous sexist remarks about women, mocking of a disabled reporter, and blatantly racist statements about basically every single human being who isn’t white. Gartner unofficially diagnosed Trump with malignant narcissism. Although he himself has not personally examined Trump, Gartner claims it’s obvious from watching even a little of his behaviour that he meets the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Some of the characteristics include:
- Anti-social behaviour
- Use of projection
- Lack of conscience
But it’s not only the John Hopkins institute that is concerned about the President’s mental health. Bernie Sanders has called him a pathological liar.
“We have a president who is delusional in many respects, a pathological liar,”
A Democratic senator claims that “a few” of his Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about President Donald Trump’s mental health, directly relating to questions about Mr Trump’s truthfulness.
“Some will say he’s not right mentally,” Senator Franken said. “And then some are harsher.”
The Washington Post has reported that Mr Trump is also said to have told some senators in a private meeting at the White House that he and former Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if not for voters bussed in from out-of-state.
”You know, that is not the norm for a president of the United States, or, actually, for a human being”
During the election campaign Trump’s mental health came into question a number of times.
”Donald Trump is not of sound mind,” conservative Stephen Hayes wrote two weeks ago in the Weekly Standard.
”Have we stopped to appreciate how crazy Donald Trump has gotten recently?” liberal Ezra Klein wrote last week on Vox.
He ”appears haunted by multiple personality disorders,” conservative David Brooks wrote last week in the New York Times.
”We can gloss over it, laugh about it, analyze it, but Donald Trump is not a well man,” Stuart Stevens, chief strategist to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, wrote last week on Twitter.
”Trump is crazy. And you can’t fix crazy,” Kevin Sheekey, a Bloomberg adviser, told The New York Times.
California congresswoman Karen Bass, whose district includes areas in and around Los Angeles, also put a hashtag behind her effort calling for a mental health examination of Donald Trump. #DiagnoseTrump.
The internet is swarming with articles about the mental fitness of Donald Trump. Whatever your opinion there is certainly enough behavioural evidence to suggest he is not the full quid’s worth as we Australians are apt to say. As for me well, I’ll settle for two slices short of a sandwich.
My thought for the day.
“We all have to make important decisions in our lives. None more important than the rejection of those things that tempt us into being somebody we are not”