As President Donald Trump continues his reckless campaign to enact items on his own personal agenda, Americans are fighting back in new ways.
Last week, around 125 mental health professionals associated with “Duty To Warn” marched through the streets of New York City to insist upon the removal of Donald Trump from office. These mental health professionals, led by City College’s Peter Fraenkel, insist that Trump has shown himself mentally unfit to fulfill the duties of the presidency, and they want him removed via the mechanisms for doing so laid down by the 25th Amendment.
As Cornell University psychologist Harry Segal commented, Trump’s unique — to put it lightly — mindset is quite evident.
He said, as the New York Post reports:
‘We can sense the power of Trump’s underlying fear that he is worthless and weak by how intensely he resists and retaliated against any criticism. No matter how minor, he can’t let anything go.’
The only evidence one needs to see Segal’s claims as true is the president’s Twitter feed. He has spent days and days on end attacking NBC as “fake news” because they published a story he didn’t like — and as clinical psychologist Michelle Golland commented, it’s hurting us all.
‘We’re actually suffering from his narcissistic personality. He has no empathy. You can feel it, the way he spoke about the San Juan mayor… She has PTSD and our president mistreats her. She is re-victimized. That is a narcissist.’
Trump has taken on the San Juan mayor in a days long series of tweets and public statements, harshly discrediting her calls for help following Puerto Rico sustaining a direct hit from the massive Hurricane Maria.
The 25th Amendment allows for presidents who are unable to be fulfill the duties of their office due to an ailment to be temporarily removed from office by a vote of the majority of Cabinet members. Depending, of course, on the severity of the president’s ailment, the time he spends out of office could be extended.
It’s not particularly likely that the Republican packed Cabinet will heed the warnings of those mental health professionals who marched through New York last week.
This push is not, of course, the first time that aligned interests have attempted to get Donald Trump removed from office. Although he has most certainly failed to properly discharge his duties as president, impeachment proceedings don’t have much of a hope of proceeding in the Republican-controlled Congress.
Mental health professionals and their allies didn’t just gather in New York City on last Saturday; they did so, rather, in over a dozen localities around the country.
Duty To Warn is described by its website as “a grass roots movement of mental health professionals who believe Donald Trump is mentally ill and must be removed under the 25th amendment.” For these professionals to go public with their beliefs about Donald Trump’s mental state breaks with precedent, but, as the name of their grass roots collective indicates, they believe they have a “duty to warn” the American public of the dangerous volatility they perceive in the White House.
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