President Donald Trump’s outrageous behavior is not exactly a secret. He has routinely publicly melted down over his critics, including those in Congress and at the Justice Department who dare lift a finger to investigate him in response to evidence including public confessions of guilt. He counters those political opponents with debacles like his recent six page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in which he argued — among other things — that he’s been treated worse than the targets of the Salem Witch Trials. Now, Yale University psychiatry Professor Brandy Lee — who’s also president of the World Mental Health Organization and has sounded an alarm about Trump in the past — has publicly revealed how Pelosi could compel a mental health evaluation for the increasingly unhinged president.
‘As a coworker, she has the right to have him submit to an involuntary evaluation, but she has not. Anyone can call 911 to report someone who seems dangerous, and family members are the most typical ones to do so. But so can coworkers, and even passersby on the street. The law dictates who can determine right to treatment, or civil commitment, and in all 50 U.S. states this includes a psychiatrist. The advantage of a coworker starting this process is that a court can mandate a mental capacity evaluation before the dangerous person returns to work… I am beginning to believe that a mental health hold, which we have tried to avoid, will become inevitable.’
In this case, that “work” is, of course, the presidency of the United States, which Trump continues to wreck with his outrageous belligerence. He and some of his allies are just now recovering from internet outrage binges over the grave step of — wait for it — the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation daring to edit his Home Alone 2 cameo out of a shortened, made-for-tv version of the movie. Trump suggested on Twitter that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had ordered the edit out of spite over Trump’s supposedly valiant crusade for more trade fairness. There is not a single shred of evidence even appearing to support this notion.
Yet, it continues, and not without the support of a team of completely loyal shills who’ve surrounded the president. Lee suggests that the president’s allies and supporters suffer from a form of shared psychosis, which is what happens when “otherwise healthy people take on symptoms of the sick person, as if they had the sickness themselves.”
‘The severity by which others are affected is what induces me to believe that Trump is sometimes truly paranoid and delusional rather than merely lying… In this context, almost anyone who actively takes the side of the president is likely to have some degree of the “shared psychosis.” If you were unaffected, you would be repelled. And this is why we often see a clear split, much like the binary division in our country.’
Indeed — to suggest that there is a massive gulf between the president’s supporters, who constitute a minority of Americans overall, and the rest of us would be an understatement. Just look at his forever angry tweets. And Republicans keep falling in line behind Trump’s plan to ram the presidency into a wall rather than admit even the slightest hint of wrongdoing.