Judiciary Panel’s Top Democrat Targets Trump’s Mental State: He’s ‘Unfit For Office’


At a Tuesday hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, which is currently led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), questioned Donald Trump’s mental state.

Nadler raised these questions amid a hearing on the investigation by a now former Special Counsel into the discovery of classified documents at locations associated with President Joe Biden. In tandem with this probe, Republicans — relying in part on what many deemed a politically slanted report from that special counsel’s investigation — have questioned Biden’s mental state. But the evidence for consistent problems doesn’t seem to be there. A transcript of discussions between Biden and Robert Hur, then the lead investigator on the documents matter, revealed generally incisive memory on the current president’s part.

“And then, there is Donald Trump. What kind of man bungles not one but dozens of opportunities to avoid criminal liability? What must that say about his mental state? Here too the record speaks for itself,” Nadler said.

A montage then played of dubious moments in some of Trump’s public commentary, like his references to Barack Obama in place of Joe Biden when trying to discuss the current president, his strange suggestion that Pennsylvania would be renamed if Democrats see success in this year’s elections, and repeated instances of Trump becoming unintelligible.

“That is a man who is incapable of avoiding criminal liability, a man who is wholly unfit for office, and a man who, at the very least, ought to think twice before accusing others of cognitive decline,” Nadler concluded.

Others addressing the age question include Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who described in a recent interview what he deemed the greater importance of the age of a politician’s ideas. His point was that Biden is leading a charge for important progress in areas like climate change, while some Republicans still resist taking it seriously. And through all of this, Trump remains the one claiming he won a presidential election that every credible authority describes otherwise. Trump leans instead on apparent ideas of some secretive, nationwide conspiracy against him that the evidence has never upheld.